The Great Waterfront City
Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city bursting with great reasons to visit. From the pomp and ceremony of our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful seafront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.
To find out more about Portsmouth Visit “Portsmouth visitors” website
Here are some of our students’ favourite local activities
Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre
- Indoor Tennis Centre
- Classes for toddlers through to 50+
- Open coaching sessions
- Ladies only nights
- Club nights
- Private coaching lessons
- Junior classes
- Tennis Academy
→ Find out more at “Places for people leisure” website
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Be a part of your history and come face to face with fascinating artefacts, ships and people that helped shape our history.
→ Find out more at “Historic dockyard” website
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays
Family boat hire with a difference, for all ages! Drive a miniature ship in our sheltered boating pool. Our fleet of ships include ferries, a Royal Navy destroyer and a fire boat. The ships are electric powered, easy to drive and seat up to four. No previous experience required.
→ Find out more at “Miniport” website
A 170 metre tall visitor attraction overlooking historical Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent. Of the 2 viewing decks the first is a glass floored number so kids feel they’re floating, the second houses the cafe and the third is open air.
→ Find out more at “Spinnaker Tower” website
Local Haunts Portsmouth
Visit the local haunts of Portsmouth to get a new perspective of the city and discover secrets and stories you never knew. Whether you are a visitor with time to spare, an hour to fill, a rainy day to while away, or you just want to learn more about the place you call home, then come aboard Alf our friendly London Routemaster Bus.
→ Find out more at “Local haunts” website
Arguably the oldest skatepark in the World, this beginner friendly facility also boasts big bowl, ledges, banks, rails, ramps and mini ramps.
→ Find out more at “South Sea Skatepark” website
Blue Reef Aquarium
This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive. Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include walkthrough underwater tunnel, open top ray display and the Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibition.
→ Find out more at “Blue reef aquarium” website
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
The Museum The D-Day Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944.
→ Find out more at “The D-Day Story” website
A magnificent castle over 400 years old! Built by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth it is a sight to be seen!
→ Find out more at “South Sea Castle” website
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Dive into history and go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.
→ Find out more at “Submarine museum” website
Southsea Model Village
A quaint model village in a great location with over 40 models and a miniature railway.
→ Find out more at “South Sea Model Village” website
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower
Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy’s Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.
→ Find out more at “Explosion!” website
Hayling Island Beach
Boasts the International Blue Flag, and the Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of its high standards. Good for swimming and water sport
→ Find out more at “Hayling Island” website
The Isle of Wight
This beautiful island is only short trip by hovercraft from Clarence Pier in Southsea or by ferry from Gunwharf Quays. The Isle of Wight has many places of interest on it, including the holiday towns of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor. One of Englands most popular holiday resorts and well worth a visit or two.
→ Find out more at “Isle of Wight” website
- London (1 hour 30 mins) – Visit London’s world class attractions, shops and restaurants and enjoy exciting special events.
- Winchester (50 mins) – Ancient capital of England, cathedral, King Arthur’s Round Table and historic market place.
- Brighton (1 hour 15 mins) – Lively seafront, fantastic restaurants and shops, The Royal Pavilion, historic pier.
- Bath (2 hours 20 mins) – World heritage sight, Roman Baths, Georgian housing, cathedral, superb shops.
- Cardiff (3 hours 20 mins) – Capital of Wales, castle, lively & fun city.
- Southampton (40 mins by train) – Large shopping centre and famous port (The Titanic sailed from here in 1912).