Portsmouth is an amazing and vibrant maritime city, steeped in history. There is something to suit everyone’s tastes.
If it is history you are interested in then why not visit the Historic Dockyard which not only has Nelson‘s flagship (HMS Victory) but also Henry VIII‘s flagship the Mary Rose. Other places of military interest are the D Day Museum, the Royal Marines Museum, the Royal Submarine Museum, the Royal Armouries, Portchester Castle and Southsea Castle.
If your interests are more up to date, and in particular retail therapy, then Portsmouth has plenty to offer you in the form of shopping. Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet is only a five minute walk away from the house. While there you can visit Portsmouth’s most famous landmark the Spinnaker Tower which has fabulous views over the city, harbour and beyond. Alternatively, see the City from the water by taking the 45 minute harbour tour.
If you have an interest in literature then the world famous author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and you can visit his house. You can learn more about the city and its history at the City Museum which is a five minute walk from Battery House. The City boasts not one but two cathedrals, the medieval Anglican cathedral which is just round the corner from the house and the Roman Catholic cathedral.
Children (and adults) will marvel at the amazing marine life of the area and beyond at the Blue Reef Aquarium. From the house an easy stroll will take you to the world’s only commercial hovercraft which means that the Isle of Wight is just a 10 minute trip away – why not pop over to Ryde for lunch! The Isle of Wight can also be reached by using the fast catamaran or, if you want to explore the Isle by car, take the ferry and be sure to visit Queen Victoria’s holiday home –Osborne House.
There is plenty of nightlife in Portsmouth with numerous bars, restaurants and a nightclub in Gunwharf Quays. For a quieter evening, why not try Portsmouth’s oldest pub, The Dolphin, which is close to the house. The city has two theatres; the New Theatre Royal and the Kings Theatre in Southsea. Portsmouth Guildhall also plays host to major shows and events.
Other tourist information can be obtained from the Tourist Board.