Portsmouth, UK

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Getting To Know Portsmouth – Cruise Port Guide


Our Portsmouth cruise port guide is a useful insight in to things to see and do during your time in the port city.

Portsmouth is largely known for its maritime heritage and, of course, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is home to HMS Victory and the Mary Rose, among others. It’s a great place for a day visit on any cruise itinerary that calls to the city. In fact, you could easily spend your entire time here just exploring the Historic Dockyard and everything it showcases. Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior is also a big attraction at the dockyard and the Cold War submarine HMS Alliance, which is in Gosport and reached by water bus. All of these attractions are included in your ticket price.

Portsmouth is primarily an in-transit cruise port, but in recent years there have been several embarking cruises sailing from the city. The port itself is an approx. 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Heathrow and Gatwick, but Southampton is much closer at around 20-minutes away.

Another popular and hugely interesting attraction is the D-Day Story, the only museum in the UK that is solely dedicated to the Allied Invasion in June 1944. The museum provides insight into the lives of those who took part and contains many exhibits that have not previously been displayed to the public. There are also displays featuring uniforms, vehicles, maps and even a LCVP landing craft.

The designer outlet of Gunwharf Quays is the ideal stop for those who want to shop until they drop. Outlets include several major high street brands, alongside some of the higher end designer labels, such as Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Coach. There are plenty of dining options also available, including fast food giants such as Burger King, to chain restaurants including Pizza Express and Las Iguanas. A visit here could easily fill your day.

Travel Tips

There are numerous Visitor Information Centre’s throughout the city.

Walking and cycling maps can be downloaded for FREE on the Visit Portsmouth website.


Key highlights of Portsmouth 

  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • D-Day Story
  • Southsea Castle
  • Emirates Spinnaker Tower
  • Portsmouth Museum
  • Gunwharf Quays
  • Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum
Viking Star no fly cruises

Regular Cruise Line Visitors

  • Hurtigruten
  • Viking Ocean


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