Portsmouth Dockyard

Portsmouth student ‘bucket-list’

Most of you only have three years to spend in Portsmouth, so to ensure you haven’t missed out on anything take a look at this Portsmouth student ‘bucket list’ and due to the fantastic location of our buildings, all these activities are simple and easy to get to! So here are 10 things you must do before you graduate!

Go up Spinnaker Tower

An obvious one! It is Portsmouth’s iconic image, standing at a mammoth 170m, the highest building in the UK outside London is a familiar sight for all Portsmouth residents. However it is always very surprising to hear how many students haven’t taken the lift and experienced the incredible view. With 23 mile views on offer, a clear day offers up a spectacular landscape, and you can even see our buildings! Portsmouth residents get discounted entry, so no excuses! Spinnaker Tower website

Albert road pub crawl

As I’m sure you’re aware Albert Road in Southsea is a hot spot for pubs and bars, each offering their own individuality and charm. As a result it makes for the perfect pub crawl. Grab a group of friends, start anywhere you like and pop into as many pubs as you can. If you’re not into drinking, go for a soft drink, the pubs still have plenty to offer. Plus as a bonus, there are plenty of takeaways nearby, which may be just what is required!

Visit the historic dockyard

Often voted the number 1 thing to do in Portsmouth, it’s another big one often ignored by students. Situated in a working Naval base learn about Portsmouth’s naval past, present and future. Explore historic ships such as; Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, HMS warrior and Henry VIII’s Mary Rose. There is far too much to see in one day, but annual all-attraction tickets allow you to return as many times as you want over the course of 12 months. Providing numerous days out. The ticket even includes a boat tour, where you will be guided around the harbour giving you a different perspective on the island. Historic dockyard website

HMS Victory


Very popular with students that want to let out their inner child, situated just off the Island, this one requires a short train ride to Cosham. Luckily all our buildings are situated very close to train stations and numerous other public transport links. Playzone is a children’s adventure park, however a couple of nights a week it opens for adults only. Complete with slides, ball pits, rope walks, climbing walls a fully licensed bar, Playzone offers a fantastic chance to unwind from your studies and have fun! Playzone website

Watch a game at Fratton Park

Home to Portsmouth Football club. Although recent financial troubles hit the club hard, Fratton Park still provides a fantastic atmosphere every time it plays host to the 2008 FA cup winners. With large, passionate crowds guaranteed, football fan or not, the famous stadium built in 1898 is certainly worth a visit on a matchday. The ground is very close to Fratton station and tickets for games can be as low as £5 for students, so pop along and come cheer on your new local team! Portsmouth FC website

Spend the day shopping

Portsmouth is a great city for shopping, offering a variety seldom seen. Gunwharf Quays offers big names, at outlet prices. All within a pristine, close proximity setting. Commercial road provides the large high street stores, such as; Primark, H&M, Debenhams and many others. Whereas if you head into Southsea you are met with smaller independent shops, providing a different experience, often selling unique, vintage items. With such variety at your doorstep, this is a fantastic way to spend your student loan!

Southsea castle

Built by King Henry VIII as part of a major defence system along the South Coast, the castle provided the backdrop for the sinking of the Mary Rose (Viewable at the dockyard). Since then it has been used as a military prison and is now home to a functioning lighthouse. It hosts several events throughout the year; such as horror nights, champagne parties and there’s currently even a 300 inch big screen up showing all the games from the Rugby World Cup! Entrance to the castle is free so is well worth a visit. Southsea Castle website

Visit Clarence Pier

Opened in 1861 Clarence Pier is a classic example of a British seaside amusement. With its distinctive blue and yellow tower the pier is easy to spot as you head towards Southsea. It is home to numerous attractions including roller coasters, dodgems, penny arcades and even mini-golf. The pier also hosts great views along the Solent coast line. If you are not from a seaside town the quirkiness of the pier is well worth a visit. Clarence Pier website

BBQ/Picnic on common

Voted Warburton’s best picnic spot in the South East 2008, 2009 and 2010, it doesn’t get much better than Southsea common when it comes al fresco dinning. With ample space, nearby facilities and a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. You might have to wait for the weather to get a bit warmer though.

Cycle along the seafront

For many living by the sea is a new concept, so make the most of it. Cycling is the perfect way to take in the coast, as cycle paths cover a vast majority of the journey. If you own a bike they can be stored securely at all our buildings, within key card entry only storage facilities. If you don’t own a bike however, you could rent one for the day, there are lots of places around Portsmouth that offer this service.

Agree with our ‘Bucket list’? Have we missed something out? We’d love to know your opinion! A similar list for Southampton will be posted soon, so don’t feel left out!

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