Destination guide

Seaside fun in Portsmouth holiday lettings

On the coast of Hampshire, England, you’ll find the port city of Portsmouth, affectionately nicknamed Pompey, sitting comfortably on Portsea Island. Your holiday lettings can put you in close proximity to a variety of attractions whether you’re interested in expansive museums, heritage sites, maritime history or you just want to spend some time at the beach. With so many enticing attractions and luxurious accommodation available, it’s easier than ever to experience the best that Portsmouth has to offer.


Historic sites near Portsmouth holiday homes

Plymouth dates back to the time of the Roman occupation, so there’s plenty of history to be explored near holiday homes. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to several centuries-old ships, some of which you can even explore. The National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth here can offer valuable insight into Portsmouth’s maritime history, and you can visit Little Woodham Living History Village to see a preserved village depicting life in 1642. If you want to go back even further, you can visit The Round Tower, a Tudor-era fortification that you can climb.

Things to do

Things to do near Portsmouth holiday homes

Within Portsmouth proper, there are a wide variety of attractions and activities you can partake in from your holiday rental. Towering over the city, you’ll find Spinnaker Tower an almost 171-metre tower with a design representing sails billowing in the wind. From its observation deck, you can gaze out upon the city below with a panoramic perspective that stretches as far as the eye can see. You may also want to visit the Mary Rose Museum to see actual remnants from the Mary Rose warship that was active in the Tudor navy in the 16th century. You can explore more recent history at The D-Day Story, a museum detailing Operation Overlord that saw the Allies move into Nazi-occupied Western Europe in 1944. Portsmouth is also home to the HMS Warrior, an armoured frigate from the 19th century that’s outfitted with 40 cannons and has been transformed into a museum ship.


Activities and attractions in Portsmouth

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

  • 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 centre:

  • 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

Transport options to and around Portsmouth

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

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

How to get around

Transport to Portsmouth holiday cottages

Travelling around Portsmouth from holiday cottages is easy given how advanced the public transport system is. Buses and trains run frequently throughout town, but you can also hire bicycles if you’re looking for a more eco-friendly way to travel. The Portsmouth Park & Ride service is remarkably convenient and is easy to use. Buy a day pass for a few quid, and you can ride the bus around town as frequently as you like throughout its numerous stops.

Family friendly

Family fun near Portsmouth holiday homes

If you’ve brought the whole family on holiday, you can enjoy the extensive selection of family-friendly attractions Pompey has in store. The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail challenges your family to solve a mystery in this city-wide search for treasure that can last the entire day. It’s not too difficult either, as it was designed for kids as young as 6 to enjoy it. For a spooky experience, you can take the family on the Local Haunts tour in which ghost stories and secrets are revealed in this family-friendly bus tour. Of course, children may also fancy a game of bowling at the retro-styled Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth with its penchant for bright, colourful lights. Meanwhile, kids can fulfill their swashbuckling fantasies at Pirate Pete’s Indoor Play, which includes a model 100-foot pirate ship complete with tunnels and netted walkways, just a short jaunt from Portsmouth holiday homes.

How many holiday rentals are available around Portsmouth?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 713 holiday lettings around Portsmouth. From 216 cabins to 187 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Portsmouth?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Portsmouth. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Southsea: 115 holiday homes
  • Gunwharf Quays: 33 holiday homes
  • Portsmouth City Centre: 68 holiday homes
  • Southsea Castle: 1,349 holiday homes
  • Old Portsmouth: 37 holiday homes offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Portsmouth! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Portsmouth?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Portsmouth with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Chichester: 763 holiday lettings
  • Ventnor: 803 holiday lettings
  • Cowes: 873 holiday lettings
  • Ryde: 827 holiday lettings
  • Bembridge: 727 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Portsmouth?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Portsmouth are:

  • Portsmouth (PME-Portsmouth and Southsea Train Station): 1,374 self catering accommodations
  • Winchester (WNC-Winchester Bus Station): 355 self catering accommodations
  • Chichester (QUG-Chichester - Goodward): 872 self catering accommodations

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Portsmouth? offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Portsmouth. From travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Southsea Castle: 1,349 holiday rentals
  • Portsmouth & Southsea Station: 1,381 holiday rentals
  • Portsmouth Hilsea Station: 1,347 holiday rentals
  • Farlington Marshes: 1,310 holiday rentals
  • Portsmouth Fratton Station: 1,363 holiday rentals

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