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What a Life

Cafe culture by the sea

Dining al fresco is always great but at Gunwharf Quays it's particularly special with a huge range of top restaurants with panoramic views across the Solent.

Beach life

7km of beachfront, perfect for running, kite flying, swimming, paddling and barbecues.


Gunwharf Quays and Port Solent together provide two of Portsmouth's leading shopping destinations combining premium brand outlet shopping with boardwalks, al fresco dining and very active marinas. Southsea town centre provides a charming shopping environment with an eclectic mix of premium high street stores and independent shops and restaurants and it hosts regular Hampshire Farmer's Markets.

Music scene

Southsea has a huge flat grass recreation space separated from the beach by the narrow coastal road and this provides the perfect venue for many of Portsmouth's outside music events such as this year's Victorious festival.

Perfect for culture vultures...

Whether you are looking for a night at the opera, an audience with your favourite author, comedy to make you cry with laughter or great festivals with art, theatre and music, Portsmouth has it all. The Visit Portsmouth website has lots of information about what's on in Portsmouth.

Sport and fitness

With the longest sea promenade in Britain, Southsea seafront is the perfect location for a bracing walk in the winter or a balmy stroll in the summer. With it's panoramic views, the promenade is perfect for running and cycling. Whether it's sea-sports such as sailing, wind and kite surfing that floats your boat or racket and field sports, the city has an abundance of sporting facilities. We host the Great South Run each year along with a host of other sporting activities and are welcoming Sir Ben Ainslie's race base for the America's Cup to our city.


The Great Waterfront City

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Ben Ainslie's Race Base

A day in 4 minutes