Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city packed with great reasons to visit.
From the pomp and ceremony of our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.
Ideally situated on the south coast of England, the UK’s only island city is ideal for a short break by the sea. There are lots of things to do in Portsmouth, with magnificent museums, live music venues, contemporary art galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage, nightlife, festivals and countless events throughout the year.
To find out more about what Portsmouth has to offer visitors check out www.visitportsmouth.co.uk.
Just minutes from The D-Day Story …
The D-Day Story is surrounded by Southsea Common and close to the seafront, and just a few minutes’ walk from King Henry VIII’s Southsea Castle (free entry). There are great views across The Solent from the ramparts where Henry witnessed the capsize of the Mary Rose in July 1545. The common or the beach would be a great place for a picnic.
During the summer months there are often events held on the common.
The Millennium Promenade
If you are feeling more energetic, then you could join the end of the Millennium Walkway at Southsea Castle and walk west, towards Portsmouth, which will take you along the seafront, past the Hoverport, through the funfair and into Old Portsmouth where there are many historic buildings such as Portsmouth Cathedral, then past the Ben Ainslie Racing HQ, around the Camber and on to Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower and finally to the Historic Dockyard.
If you are arriving in Portsmouth by ferry (from Gosport or the Isle of Wight) or by train to Portsmouth Harbour Station, then the Millennium Promenade would be a good pedestrian route to the D-Day Story.
An information leaflet about the Millennium Promenade is available to download from the Visit Portsmouth website.
Walking in the other direction (east) from Southsea Castle along the seafront will take you to the D-Day Memorial which was unveiled by Field Marshall Viscount Mongomery of Alamein on 6 June 1948. The memorial is situated opposite the entrance to South Parade Pier.