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Trains to Portsmouth

Great days out by train

This bustling maritime city is a great destination all year round, packed with famous attractions and hidden gems. With Portsmouth Harbour train station only a short stroll from the waterfront, a trip to Portsmouth couldn’t be easier.

As well as the bags of history and heritage, there is plenty of sunshine to be had. Miles of beaches at Southsea overlook the great seaway, the Solent.

It’s easy to spend all day on the waterfront with dozens of attractions to grab your attention from the Sea Life Centre to Southsea Castle and the Royal Marines Museum.

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Get some inspiration on what to do when visiting Portsmouth from our list below:

1,2,3. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard invites you discover more about Admiral Lord Nelson, Henry VIII, World War Veterans and Portsmouth Dockyard workers. Learn about life on board three of the world's most famous warships ever built, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose. To save money on admission visit our Special Offer pages when you go by train

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4. Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium is a treasure trove to all things fishy, from seahorses to sharks, and includes over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world. Take the No 5 or 700 bus from Portsmouth Harbour train station (approximately every 30 minutes) or take one of several buses to Palmeston Road, which is only a five minute walk away. 

5. Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle was one in a series of forts constructed for King Henry VIII, in what was the most ambitious scheme of coastal defence since Roman times. The castle was built in great haste in 1544, prompted by Henry VIII's fears of a French attack on Portsmouth. Admission to Southsea Castle is free all year round!

For more information on Southsea Castle, visit their website.

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6. Royal Marines Museum

Explore the fascinating history at the Royal Marines Museum. Take a walk through history from 1664 and learn about the lives of the extraordinary people who have become Royal Marines. Follow a recruit through training and on to deployment around the world, then creep through the jungle, marvel at the medal collection and take a trip down memory lane in the WW2 home front kitchen.

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Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall is a majestic building at the heart of the city, built in 1890 and managed by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust. The beautiful historic venue is located just a minute’s walk from Portsmouth & Southsea train station across the Guildhall square, and is open to the public.

Pop in to visit their range of free art exhibitions, including the popular Access All Areas: The Portsmouth Music Experience gallery, which features rooms that reflect on Portsmouth’s music scene and the history of the Guildhall. Or visit the new basement gallery, with exhibitions curated by local art gallery aspex, bringing contemporary arts from the Southern region to the centre of the city. 

Traveling professionals will also appreciate the free business lounge with WiFi on the first floor. Grab a coffee and sandwich from the on-site café and get some work done in the relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. 

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