Portsmouth Destination Guide

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Explore Portsmouth (Hampshire) Coast and Beaches

Portsmouth is a port city in Hampshire, mainly built on Portsea Island, a flat, low-lying island measuring 24 sq km (9 sq mi) in area. Portsmouth is still a working port with a large Royal Navy presence but is also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Horatio Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory all of which can be visited. The former HMS Vernon naval site has been redeveloped as a retail park known as Gunwharf Quays that includes the tall Spinnaker Tower at 170 m (560 feet) high. If you want a true seaside experience then head south out of the city centre to Southsea that has a beach, pier and amusement parks.

Portsmouth Hampshire Coast Map

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Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, and places to stay and eat:

HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Place Tags: History - Heritage

Southsea Clarence Pier

Place Tags: Piers

Spinnaker Tower

Place Tags: Attractions

Eastney Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Southsea Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Old Portsmouth Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Southsea Parade pier

Place Tags: Piers