You’ll find some conveniently located hotels in Portsmouth’s Coshman district on the mainland. Portsea Island—which makes up the majority of the city—hosts the most tourist sites and places to stay, especially towards the south. But if the big city is what you crave, book accommodation in London, too, and take a drive north through South Downs National Park to “The Big Smoke.”
When there is a castle, naturally, you’ve got to start there. On the south end of the city, Southsea Castle—built during the 16th century—offers unbeatable views of the Solent, a busy strait between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. From Henry VIII’s old haunts, you’ll be a short walk to the D-Day Museum and Clarence Pier. Wander up the coast to the Mary Rose Museum in the Portsmouth Historical Dockyard, right next to the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. Duck under the low ceilings of these old-school gunships for a glimpse of life on the high seas. When the sun dips down, you could hit up the nightlife around University of Portsmouth or you can rest up in cosy Portsmouth accommodation for an early morning sailing trip.
The nearest airport is located about 30 km away in Southampton (SOU). Once you touch down, you can easily get to Portsmouth via train or rented car, so check out some holiday wheels with Wotif. But first you’ve got to book Portsmouth hotels and airfare for a whale of a Portsmouth holiday.
Hotels in Portsmouth start at AU$70 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.