[VIDEO] Portsmouth, England: See The Best Attractions & Reasons To Visit

Sitting at Portchester Castle in Portsmouth, One of the Best Attractions To See

Isn’t it funny how we world travellers are constantly on the lookout for new places to visit outside of our hometown, yet most of us have yet to explore our own backyard? I recently visited the city I was born and grew up in, Portsmouth in England, having been backpacking abroad for the past two years. Amongst the family reunions and get-togethers, I was determined to really get out and see the attractions that are on offer for a visitor to Portsmouth. The amount that I found completely exceeded my expectations (and memory!).

Portchester Castle, One Of The Attractions of Portsmouth

Portchester Castle – the outside walls were built in 280 AD!

In short, Portsmouth is literally brimming with historical buildings from centuries ago, including castles and forts that were built and used to protect the country from invasion. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent the past eighteen months in Australia, where period architecture and the country’s history is less evident, but clambering up crumbling stone turrets, still standing after hundreds of years, was fascinating. It reminded me exactly why England is such a must-see country (despite the weather 😉).

You might not know, that Portsmouth is home to both historic and modern-day dockyards. In the Historic Dockyard, you can climb aboard warships that have played a vital role in English history. HMS Victory, for example, was the flagship for Vice-admiral Lord Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar, and the same ship on which Nelson was killed when a cannonball entered his shoulder and came to rest in his spine (OK, pretty gruesome history but interesting all the same!).

You can’t tour inside the active naval dockyard, for obvious reasons, but you can pitch up on Southsea seafront or in one of the traditional pubs of Old Portsmouth, and watch the gigantic ships come into port.

Whilst exploring Portsmouth I captured the best attractions on video to share with any potential travellers to the country’s south coast. Unfortunately, the dockyards are missing from the footage as I created the video using a drone and the Navy get a little bit tetchy when drones start flying too close to their ships!

Featured Portsmouth attractions:

  • Haslar Marina
  • Southsea seafront
  • Spur Redoubt
  • The Round Tower
  • Royal Garrison Church
  • Canoe Lake
  • Portsmouth City Museum
  • Hilsea Lines
  • Isle of Wight Hovercraft
  • Southsea Skatepark
  • South Parade Pier
  • Southsea beach
  • Portsdown Hill
  • Portchester Castle
  • Southsea Castle
  • Spinnaker Tower
  • Clarence Pier
  • Southsea Funfair
  • Fort Brockhurst

From a local’s perspective, it’s also worth visiting the following attractions that couldn’t feature in the video:

  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Southsea Bandstand (in the summer months when free weekend concerts are hosted)
  • D-Day Museum
  • Portsmouth History Museum
  • Gunwharf Quays
  • Old Portsmouth
  • Southsea Model Village
  • Explosion! Museum

In the coming weeks, I’ll share some more detailed blog posts about visiting the attractions above and other highlights of Portsmouth, like where to get the best tea and cake because that’s obviously a mandatory activity for any trip to England! In the meantime, if you’re after more recommendations for travel in England, take a look at this quick snapshot of Kent from Unexpected Occurrence.

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What’s your hometown and what attraction would you recommend to travellers in the area? Let me know in the comments below!

Strolling Through Southsea Castle, One Of Portsmouth's Attractions

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