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D-Day 80th Anniversary Commemorations

Portsmouth holds a significant place in history as a departure point for many soldiers during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944. In 2024, the city was at the heart of the 80th anniversary commemorations of this pivotal World War II operation. From large-scale events on Southsea Common to memorial services and beacon lighting ceremonies, Portsmouth hosted a series of tributes to honour the bravery and sacrifice of those who participated in D-Day.


Whether it’s Britain’s naval history, premier outlet shopping or a big event that’s drawing you to Portsmouth, Southern’s trains can get you there.

Located on the south coast, Portsmouth is renowned for its unique maritime heritage. This famous port city is steeped in naval history and culture, with attractions such as the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard waiting to be explored.

There are many more things to do in Portsmouth after you’ve immersed yourself in naval history: take a stroll along the seafront, head to the top of the Spinnaker Tower or enjoy some retail therapy at some of the brilliant designer outlets. There really is something for everyone in this fantastic city.

If you’re planning a trip here, let us take the hassle out of your journey. We make getting to Portsmouth simple, so you can spend more time planning your activities and less time worrying about travel. Read on to find out more about Portsmouth days out and how to get there.

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Getting to Portsmouth

Our direct trains from London Victoria will get you to Portsmouth in about two hours. Or if you’re coming from Brighton, you can enjoy the direct service on the Coastway West line in an hour and 20 minutes.

We serve both Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea stations. If you’re headed to the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays shopping or the Spinnaker Tower, you’ll want Portsmouth Harbour Station. For St. John’s Cathedral, the Guildhall and the City Centre, the best stop is Portsmouth & Southsea.

Plus, there are a variety of ways to cut the cost of your fare with Southern. For instance, if you’re travelling in a group of 3-9 adults outside of busy periods, you can take advantage of 34% off your tickets with GroupSave. Or, enjoy your journey at Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak hours and up to four children aged 5-15 can travel with you for just £2! There is also a selection of Railcards you may be eligible for which will save you 1/3, so you have more cash to splash on all the things to do in Portsmouth.

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