There's no excuse for lubberly behaviour in Portsmouth Harbour, so look shipshape and get yourself out and about.
Portsmouth Harbour at a glance
- See historic ships HMS Victory, Mary Rose and HMS Warrior
- Learn about the history of submarines
- Explore Henry VIII's fortifications
- Shop till you drop in Gunwharf Quays
- Find unexpected nature reserves and quiet spaces
- Enjoy a pint in a traditional English pub
- Swim from the beach at Stokes Bay
- Try the big dipper at Clarence Pier
Nestled in Haslar Creek, Haslar Marina is close to all of the city and historic attractions of Portsmouth and Gosport, but tranquil walks and quiet beaches are only a bike or bus ride away.
Portsmouth Harbour is the home of the Royal Navy, reminders of which are everywhere, from new Type 45 Destroyers and HMS Victory to grand buildings and matelots' pubs.
Things to do ashore
If you need to stretch your legs or tire-out kids and dogs, then walk west (or take the bus) to the shingle beach at Stokes Bay, or cross the harbour to race around on Southsea Common. Just inland of Stokes Bay is Alver Valley Country Park, a haven for wildlife, and further west along the coast is Titchfield Haven nature reserve. Dogs are allowed in Alver Valley, but not Titchfield Haven.
The 3km waterfront trail passes the marina, linking the Submarine Museum to Priddy's Hard and the Explosion! Museum. Cross the water to Portsmouth for the Historic Dockyard, home to the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and HMS Victory.
Old Portsmouth has beautiful buildings and interesting pubs, and you can walk along the fortifications towards Henry VIII's Southsea Castle. If history is all a bit much, then a trip 100m up the Spinnaker Tower should cure you!
Things to do by boat
Being a busy harbour, it is sometimes best to leave your boat in the marina and use the professionals. Take a harbour tour to view the naval ships, or use the waterbus that connects the Historic Dockyard, Explosion! Museum and the Submarine Museum.
In windy weather, Portsmouth Harbour provides sheltered water to potter about – you'll often see man-overboard practice taking place in Portchester Lake.
Click through for our suggestions on places to eat and shop around Portsmouth Harbour.
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