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The Full Guide to Things to do in Portsmouth

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Southsea sea front with the lighthouse

Including country parks, indoor ideas and days out in Portsmouth

If you are looking for things to do in Portsmouth this weekend or even during the kids holidays then this post is for you! We have everything you need to keep you amused while you are in Portsmouth from unusual things to do to free activities.

Portsmouth has everything to offer a family from the Royal Navy museum and HMS Victory to the Spinnaker Tower and country parks.

All these top attractions are great for families. We’ve added activities for all ages including walks, playgrounds, museums, funfairs and indoor ideas if it rains.

We’ve included the whole of Portsmouth including Fareham, Porchester and Hayling Island.

If you are looking for other things to do in Hampshire then have a look at:

51 Free Days Out in Hampshire For Families

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The Biggest List of Things to do in Basingstoke With Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Southampton With Kids

Country Parks in Portsmouth

We’ve included all the local county parks in Portsmouth. Enjoy a day out with the whole family. If you are looking for more country parks throughout Hampshire then see this post here.

Titchfield Haven Country Park (Fareham)

This little country park is has parking on-site with a small cafe and toilets. Enjoy the long grass, the lake and the tall trees that are great to spot wildlife.

The Alver Valley Country Park (Gosport)

Full of lovely wildflowers and sweeping trees, this country park has a great playground. Take a walk and see how much of the local wildlife you can see. It is a bit stony but great for walks with the whole family.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park (Petersfield)

This country park lies within the South Downs National Park. It offers loads of family fun into loads of walks, cycle paths and playgrounds. Car parking charges do apply but it’s a great day out for the whole family.

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Walks in Portsmouth

On a nice summer’s day or even through half term, going for a walk and a picnic is great for ages. If you are looking for walks in Hampshire then have a look at this post here.

Holly Hill Woodland Park (Fareham)

Holly Hill is a nature reserve and is great for spotting all kinds of woodland creatures and insects. We’ve seen badgers and squirrels on a good day while sat on one of the many benches or rocks throughout the park.

The woodland has an on-site car park straight off the road that is free. There are toilets at the main entrance before you go down the hill.

Read more about Holly Hill Woodland Park here.

Victoria Park (Portsmouth)

Victoria Park is a public park by the Portsmouth Guildhall. It’s a huge grass area that is perfect for picnics and playing outdoor games with the family.

Waggoners Wells (Grayshott)

Waggoners wells is a National Trust area located in Grayshott, East Hampshire. With its 3 stunning lakes which run into one another via manmade waterfalls and rivers, a vast amount of woodland and walks that are perfect for families and dog walkers alike, it is the ideal place to spend on a Sunday afternoon.

It is free to park and walk around, just make sure you take your spare coins to make a wish in the well! Also, pack a change of clothes and your wellies during the wetter months because there are just so many parts for your kids to scramble around, like on the exposed roots on a bank going up to the woods, parts of the river to jump in and the walkways can get very muddy. Unfortunately, there are no facilities here so make sure you take snacks and water with you.

Brook Meadow (Emsworth)

This is a huge flat area in Emsworth that is great for a family walk. Spot wildlife in the long grass and have a picnic too.

Emsworth Mill Pond (Emsworth)

This pond is great if the kids want to see the wild pond life or the ducks. You can do a circular walk in the high grass which is great for the whole family. Wear wellies when wet-though as it can get a bit flooded at times.

The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail (Portsmouth)

This trail takes about 2-hours to complete. It takes you around the city in a “murder mystery” course. This is great for older kids who love to work things out.

Playgrounds in Portsmouth

If you are looking for more playgrounds in Hampshire then have a look at this post.

Cosham Playground (Fareham)

Seafarers Play Area (Fareham)

Harbour View Playground (Fareham)

Holly Hill Leisure Center Playground (Fareham)

Rowledge Recreation Ground Play Area (Fareham)

Newman Collard Play Area (Fareham)

Blackbrook Play Area (Fareham)

Leesland Park (Gosport)

Megson Park (Gosport)

Bepton Down (Petersfield)

Peel Play Park (Portsmouth)

Landport Adventure Playground (Portsmouth)

Southsea Common Play Area (Portsmouth)

Stake Parks in Portsmouth

Skate park

These skate parks are perfect for all levels of skill. Why not pair them with one of the playgrounds above too? If you are looking for more skate parks in Hampshire then have a look at this post.

Abshot Mini Ramp (Fareham)

Bartons Triangle Skatepark (Havant)

Brandsbury skatepark (Portsmouth)

Clanfield Skatepark (Portsmouth)

Denmead Skatepark (Portsmouth)

Emsworth Skatepark (Emsworth)

Fareham’s Park Lane Skatepark (Fareham)

Gosport skatepark (Portsmouth)

Havant Skatepark (Havant)

Hayling Island skatepark (Hayling Island)

Knowle skatepark (Fareham)

Lee-on-the-Solent Skatepark (Lee-on-the-Solent)

Milton Park skatepark (Portsmouth)

Paulsgrove Skatepark (Portsmouth)

Petersfield skatepark (Petersfield)

Purbrook Skatepark (Portsmouth)

Southsea Skatepark (Portsmouth)

Stubbington skatepark (Fareham)

Wickham stakepark (Wickham)

Days out in Portsmouth Ideas

Southsea sea front

These days out in Portsmouth are great for all ages. We have added a mix of free and paid days out that are perfect for all ages. If you are looking for days out in Hampshire then look at this post here. 

Porchester Castle (Porchester)

Porchester Castle is in Church Lane in Portchester. There are two small car parks that do get busy in the summer months so go early if you can.

The castle is surrounded by the sea and it’s a great place to spot incoming boats.

Inside the castle grounds, which are free to enter, are two huge fields. This is a great place to find hidden stones (they have a great Facebook page here) and let your kids run off some steam.

Their cafe is great and they do have public toilets on site.

Southsea Sea Front (Portsmouth)

Southsea Sea Front is a great if your family want to go scootering or for a bike ride on a flat surface. Opposite the Seafront there is a huge green field that hosts a great playground as well as a great space for picnics and games.

Walk along the seafront a bit more and you’ll come to the lighthouse and Henry 8th Fort that the kids can walk around. The fields this side are hilly but they are great to stand atop to watch the incoming ships come in.

Wherever you park along the seafront you have to pay but they do have toilets either end of the piers and plenty of places to sit down if the kids get tired.

All the paths are flat and there are so many ways you can go!

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson (Portsmouth)

Open all year round, let your kids run free in this amazing 19 acres of grass ramparts, underground tunnels and views.

Home to the over 350 guns that tell our history through the ages. Live firing takes place every day and professional actors recreate history and are happy to answer any questions you may have! Free guided tours are also available.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Portsmouth)

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is right on the Portsmouth seafront, just along from Gunwharf Quays. It’s a full day of fun and adventure for the whole family. The dockyard features HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose museum, and everything you need to know about Lord Nelson.

This is a fully interactive attraction that fully shows the best of the British Navy.

Clarence Pier (Portsmouth)

Clarence Pier is one of the largest amusement parks on the coast. The pier has everything from amusements, rides and activities to keep the whole family amused. They also have an indoor adventure playground that is open all year around.

If you are looking for food, then they have load of takeaway options or a restaurant that offers fast food.

Little Woodham Living History Village (Fareham)

Little Woodham is a 17th century village that’s surrounded by woodland. You get to meet all the villagers who you would expect to see in a 17th century village including a seamstress, cooks, blacksmith and farmers.

There is a charge to enter the village but they do take card. Parking is free and the toilets are near the car park.

Take a packed lunch as they have a little tuck shop but that’s it when it comes to food and drink.

Kidz Island South Parade (Portsmouth)

Kidz Island South Parade is perfect for younger kids who love fairground rides. The funfair is based on a band system and means that you can ride as many times as you like.

They also have classic arcades and have loads of options for food including fish and chips and ice cream.

Funland Hayling Island (Havant)

Funland Hayling Island is great for all ages. Getting to the funfair early is a must as it does get busy in the summer and in the school holidays.

Parking for all day costs £2.50 and it’s cash only. Funland Hayling Island is a ticket and band system. They have loads of rides for all ages.

They have a whole section for the smaller kids including a classic carousel, small log flume, dinosaur ride and an elephant ride that goes up and down. The older kid area includes a mine roller coaster, log flume, twister and helter skelter.

Other day out in Portsmouth ideas:

Stansted Park Light Railway (Emsworth)

Warblington Castle (Emsworth)

Uppark House and Gardens (Portmouth)

Southsea Model Village (Portsmouth)

Buster Ancient Town (Waterlooville)

Inside day out activities in Portsmouth

These inside day out ideas are great for the whole family. They include museums and aquariums.

Charles Dickins Museum (Portsmouth)

This museum is great for all Dickins fans. They offer loads of family events including a self-guided trail around the house.

Portsmouth City Museum (Portsmouth)

Reminiscent of a fairy tale castle, with turrets and pointed roofs, Portsmouth City museum may look like something out of a story but it’s actually a former barracks.

It’s a great place to visit to get an idea of what it was like to live in the city and how things have changed over the years.

It’s open daily from 10am to 530pm

Blue Reef Aquarium (Portsmouth)

Take a deep dive into our oceans and enjoy what they have to offer. See the sharks swimming over your head, see the rays and enjoy their stunning view of the seafront.

D-Day Museum and Overload Embroidery (Portsmouth)

This is a great museum for the whole family that walks you through what happened during the World War and gives you a real insight into what life was like. This is right on the seafront and is paired great with a walk on the beach.

Portsmouth Natural History Museum (Portsmouth)

This free museum houses a huge butterfly collection and walks you through the history of the city. This is a great rainy day venue!

Southsea Castle (Portsmouth)

Southsea Castle is based right on the seafront. While it does cost to go in, running around the outside of the fort is great fun for all the family. It’s on a big hill with loads of green space, perfect for a picnic and a fun afternoon by the seafront.

Spinnaker Tower (Portmouth)

The Spinnaker Tower gives you great views of Portsmouth harbour and the South coast. The Spinnaker Tower is based in Gunwhalf Quays which is a outside shopping centre.

Inside day out activities in Portsmouth:

Emsworth Museum (Emsworth)

Westbury Manor Museum (Fareham)

Gosport Museum (Gosport)

Havant Museum (Havant)

St Peter’s Church (Petersfield)

Petersfield Museum (Petersfield)

The Museum of Naval Firepower (Portsmouth)

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Beaches in Portsmouth

Lee on Solent Beach

Being on the South coast, Portsmouth have loads of beaches that you can explore. Most are stony but all are fun to play on. If you are looking for more beaches in Hampshire then look at this post here.

Lee-on-Solent Beach (Fareham)

Meon Shore Beach (Fareham)

Hill Head Beach (Fareham)

Stokes Bay (Gosport)

Browndown Point Beach (Gosport)

Old Portsmouth (Portsmouth)

Southsea Sea Front (Portsmouth)

West Hayling (Portsmouth)

Eastney (Portsmouth)

Calshot Beach (Fareham)

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