Destination guide

Take in the waterfront beauty of Portsmouth

Take a vacation to Portsmouth and enjoy the area's museums, history and monuments. Travelers to this welcoming city praise the shopping, bars and restaurants. Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower are just a couple of the must-sees. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Portsmouth

Are you searching for attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Portsmouth a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Clarence Pier (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Blue Reef Aquarium (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Great Salterns Golf Course (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Little Woodham (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Hayling Golf Club (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Portsmouth

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Portsmouth is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Farlington Marshes (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Hayling Island West Beach (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Beachlands Beach (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Ryde Beach (5.4 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve (6.8 mi / 10.9 km)
  • Staunton Country Park (7.4 mi / 11.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Portsmouth

Fly into Southampton (SOU), the closest airport, located 15.7 mi (25.3 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Portsmouth & Southsea Station, Portsmouth Harbour Station and Portsmouth Fratton Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Portsmouth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 973 vacation rentals near Portsmouth. From 205 Condos/Apartments to 432 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Portsmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Portsmouth?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Portsmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Gunwharf Quays: 69 vacation rentals
  • Royal Marines Museum: 1,957 vacation rentals
  • Port Solent: 1,938 vacation rentals
  • Southsea: 124 vacation rentals
  • Portsmouth Hilsea Station: 1,890 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Portsmouth! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Portsmouth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Portsmouth:

  • Southampton: 458 rentals
  • Winchester: 372 rentals
  • Chichester: 987 rentals
  • Bognor Regis: 583 rentals
  • Cowes: 1,384 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Portsmouth?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Portsmouth are:

  • Portsmouth Airport (PME): 1,955 vacation rentals
  • Winchester (WNC-Winchester Bus Station): 490 vacation rentals
  • Southampton Airport (SOU): 1,415 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Portsmouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Portsmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Royal Marines Museum: 1,957 rentals
  • Port Solent: 1,938 rentals
  • Portsmouth Hilsea Station: 1,890 rentals
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: 2,089 rentals
  • University of Portsmouth: 1,949 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portsmouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.