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With car rental, Portsmouth offers much more than a city break. Use your vehicle to tour the coast and the gorgeous Hampshire countryside...
The historic naval city of Portsmouth has plenty to offer visitors. Located on an island, there is no escaping its rich maritime history. The Portsmouth Dockyard, Henry VIII's ship the 'Mary Rose', the Gunwharf Quays and the Port Solent Marina all attest to its seafaring importance.
Portsmouth has a very mild climate even in winter, which makes it a great place to visit at any time of the year. Many of the maritime sights are outdoors but there are also plenty of museums in Portsmouth. There is an interesting City Museum as well as a Natural History Museum. The Royal Marines Museum is also worth a visit, as is the Easteny Beam Engine Museum located in Southsea. It is not all museums, however - the Pyramids Centre in Southsea is a great family destination thanks to its pools, flumes and soft play centre.
Another benefit to Portsmouth is its connections. Many ferries leave from the city to the Continent or visitors can also take a ferry to the Isle of Wight. Southampton Airport (SOU) is less than 20 miles away and for visitors to Portsmouth, car hire is readily available from the airport, though we recommend picking up your rental car at one of the convenient downtown locations in Portsmouth.
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Make the most of your time in Portsmouth; car hire gives you the freedom to see the sights at your leisure...
A visit to Portsmouth - the birthplace of Charles Dickens - really does provide much for the visitor to see and do. With its compact centre, it is easy to get around the city, but car hire in Portsmouth is useful for getting to nearby places of interest. The pretty cathedral town of Chichester is less than 30 miles away, for example, with a driving time of only 25 minutes. Cross the county border into West Sussex and explore delightful Chichester. The seascapes of Chichester Harbour are something to behold and not easily forgotten, while the city itself offers a lively and modern café scene, which nestles neatly among the museums and boutique shops. Just north of both Portsmouth and Chichester is the South Downs National Park, where hills rise and fall to reveal traditional villages and impressive castles.
Another nearby town is the traditional seaside resort of Bognor Regis. Selsey is now one of its suburbs and together they make for a good day out.
North of Portsmouth is the historic town of Fareham, which also has strong naval connections along with some lovely Georgian architecture.
You are able to travel with your hire car on the ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight to really devour a true taste of the British seaside.
Try your hand at surfing, tuck into fresh seafood, or simply build sandcastles with the children on one of the many stunning beaches. The adventures really are there for the taking when you rent a car in Portsmouth with TravelSupermarket.