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Accessible Days Out - Portsmouth & Southsea

Southsea is a lovely, historical area of Portsmouth and is a great day out for all the family. It boasts a beach, a shopping area with lots of independent shops, and a huge common where festivals are held. There are also the remains of Henry VIII’s Southsea Castle.

Southsea is nice and flat with plenty of wheelchair-accessible areas and activities, so it's an ideal place for those with mobility issues.

Here are some of our suggestions for some accessible days out in Portsmouth & Southsea

  • The D-Day Story
  • Gunwharf Quays
  • The Mary Rose Museum

A really informative exhibition telling the story of D-Day. Lots of interactive activities and emotionally moving audio-digital displays. The museum also houses the Overlord Tapestry, which depicts the D-Day landings and liberation of Normandy. Outside is a vehicle landing craft to explore.

For further information ahead of your visit view The D-Day Story accessibility information.

How to get there

Turn right outside our Southsea terminal and it’s approximately a 10 minute walk along the seafront.
Alternatively a taxi can be ordered. There is no bus route available.

Our Tip

View The D-Day Story accessibility information before you go. Carers go free and discounts are available. There are special events for people with certain disabilities.

Gunwharf Quays is a shopping outlet and has many bars and restaurants, with some right on the quayside. It’s also home to The Spinnaker Tower, with spectacular views from the viewing platforms. Gunwharf often has events on, such as the Christmas market. There is also a bowling alley, casino and harbour boat tours.

For further information ahead of your visit view Gunwharf Quays accessibility information.

How to get there

Just outside the Southsea terminal you will find the Hoverbus connecting you to Portsmouth The Hard Interchange, Gunwharf Quays is just a short walk away.

Visit Guest Services (at top of escalators from the car park) and ask for a map and information about access.

The Mary Rose was Henry VIII’s favourite ship. It was discovered on the seabed in the 1970’s and was lifted on 11th October 1982, along with various Tudor objects. The ship is now on display in it’s own museum in the Royal Naval Dockyards.

For further information ahead of your visit view The Mary Rose accessibility information.

How to get there

Catch the Hoverbus from outside the Southsea terminal to Portsmouth's the Hard Interchange and the Historic Dockyard is a short walk away. A mobility buggy is available at the gates to take you to the museum if needed.

Our Tip

Audio guides in various languages are available to download.

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