Go your own way
Spend a day walking through our campus and exploring the city
Our port city has always been a gateway. And we’re at its heart. Begin your journey of discovery now and get closer to a place that’s buzzing with purpose and possibility.
If you can't make it to an Open Day or you'd like to take another look around, this self-guided tour will give you a feel for the campus and the city.
Bookmark this page to follow the route below or download our Walking Tour PDF for a more detailed itinerary. You can use our locations page to find the addresses of these buildings.
With your next step, everything changes. Take a walk into your future.
I loved the feel of the campus – almost all the teaching buildings are in the city centre, but you get the feel of a campus university because everything’s close by and interspersed with cafes, sports facilities and the library.
Start your day with breakfast
Portsmouth is a thriving city for small business. You'll find some of our favourite independent cafés below to fuel your day in Portsmouth.
So grab breakfast and then head to Guildhall Walk to begin your walking tour of campus.
Route part 1: The Guildhall campus
Route part 2: The Northern Quarter
Lunch break: Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard
Exit the Northern Quarter the same way you came in under the railway bridge and stop at the crossroads. If you head right, you'll reach Gunwharf Quays – packed with designer outlets, restaurants and the Spinnaker Tower. And a short walk further will take you to the Historic Dockyard.
Route part 3: Ravelin Park
Route part 4: Explore our halls
The rest of the day is yours...
Now you're back where you started, the rest of the day is yours. Eat out at our favourite restaurants, discover the incredible beaches, parks and piers on our doorstep or explore . If you're staying into the evening, we've even got a guides to our favourite nightlife spots and the best places to see live music in the city.
Places to eat in Portsmouth
Hungry for adventure? Here's a taster of the great food and drink you can savour in the city.
Beaches, piers and parks
Portsmouth is a bustling city with the sea on our doorstep and green spaces all around.
Art, culture and nightlife in Portsmouth
There's so much to see and do in Portsmouth – from art galleries and museums, to nightclubs and late-night cafes
Portsmouth's music scene
Want to get involved in Portsmouth's music scene? Here's all you need to start.
I wanted a medium-sized city with proximity to places and I got exactly that in Portsmouth. I get to walk everywhere without spending much money on transportation. The seaside and beach was another factor that influenced my decision.
Congratulations – you’ve completed your walking tour!
We hope you enjoyed getting closer to Portsmouth and the University and that you're looking forward to an exciting future here.
Want to continue exploring online? Visit our virtual experience hub for a deeper dive into our halls and facilities, and hear from current students about their experiences.