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Portsmouth Guide


Kings Theatre Portsmouth

For variety, Kings Theatre is easily the best venue in Portsmouth, with TV comedians like Ed Byrne, Alan Davies, and Jim Davidson are making appearances here. There’s also a diverse range of other acts coming to the stage, with everyone ranging from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, west end play Blood Brothers, and 90’s boyband 911 stopping by.

Portsmouth Guildhall

Comedy reigns supreme at Portsmouth Guildhall, with almost all major tours stopping by to perform for the students and sailors of Portsmouth. Russell Kane, Russell Brang, Sarah Millican, Frank Skinner, Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr and Ross Noble are just some of the names to have performed to the Guildhall. They don’t do a bad line in music here either, with former acts including Goldfrapp, Gareth Malone (of Military Wives fame), and Jools Holland.


Spinnaker Tower

The tallest building outside the capital, it outstrips both the London Eye and Blackpool Tower. It’s Portsmouth’s newest, most iconic and most popular tourist attraction, with stunning views stretching out for 23 miles over the sea and coast.

Southsea Common

The perfect area for a more laidback and lowkey couple of hours, head here on a Sunday morning with a picnic and a bottle of champagne to round off the weekend in style.


Portsmouth is primarily a naval city, and so there’s plenty of ships, dockyards and museums around if you fancy finding a marine (ideally in full uniform) to show you and the girls around later. If you or your bride-to-be just enjoy a little naval history of a weekend, that’s cool too. Check out:

The Mary Rose, which has been around since way back in the Tudor times.

HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s optimistically named flagship.

Portsmouth Dockyard, which spans 800 years of history in one go.

The Royal Marines Museum, covering every major conflict the Marines have been involved in, from the Battle of Trafalgar to D-Day to the Falklands.

Getting Around

There is a bus network around Portsmouth, as well as five train stations giving the city a comprehensive public transport system. However, Portsmouth is also an easy city to walk around – and if you’re by the docks, it’s a lovely walk too, with plenty of fresh air and sea breezes to clear your head.


Portsmouth Beer Festival – May
Live at the Bandstand – June
Last Night of the Portchester Proms – July
Portsmouth International Kite Festival – August
Victorious Festival - August
Portsmouth Multicultural Festival – September
Southsea Fest - September
Great South Run Weekend – October

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