Queen's Hotel Southsea

The Queen's Hotel occupies an unrivalled and prime location on Southsea's seafront, enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Many of the refurbished bedrooms have sea-facing bedrooms with balconies. This Edwardian style hotel offers the highest standards of comfort, style and fine cuisine.The Queen's Hotel has a southwest facing terrace that leads down to an extensive garden. The hotel is situated in the heart of Southsea shopping centre and is within easy walking distance of all the seafront attractions.

Accommodation: The Queen's Hotel has 72 bedrooms. All bedrooms are en suite and have a television, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, internet connection, hairdryer and 24-hour room service. Most bedrooms have super king size beds. Many bedrooms feature balconies and are sea-facing with spectacular, panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. All Superior bedrooms have recently been refurbished to a very high standard. Bedrooms with disabled facilities are available. All bedrooms are non-smoking.

Restaurant: The Princess Restaurant, which overlooks the idyllic hotel gardens and takes in panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight, has an enviable reputation for its excellent cuisine. The internationally inspired menu is complemented by an outstanding wine list, served up amidst the grandeur of the restaurant's Edwardian surroundings. Meals and high teas are also available in the informal surroundings of the Lounge Bar.

Local Attractions

Portsmouth Dockyard: Discover the world famous historic ships – HMS Victory, the Mary Rose & HMS Warrior 1860 that have shaped British history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Home of the Royal Navy, other attractions include The Royal Naval Museum, with a new Exhibition “Task Force South: The Royal Navy and the Falklands War” and Action Stations with the new interactive gallery InterAction detailing the science and technology used by the modern Royal Navy. Also on site there are Harbour Tours, enabling you to see the fleet up close.

Royal Marines Museum: At the Museum you can discover the exciting story of the Royal Marines brought to life with dramatic and interactive displays. The Museum is in what was one of the most stately Officers' Messes in England, built in the 1860s with beautiful ceilings, huge paintings and a grand staircase. The Museum's curatorial staff manage, develop and look after the collections, including many items not on public display. The collections comprise the following areas: Amphibious Warfare Vessels, Costume and Textiles, Decorative Arts, Documents, Equipment, Library, Musical Instruments, Decorations and Medals, Photographs, Sound Recordings and Weapons.

Spinnaker Tower: Not since the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House or the London Eye has a new tall structure attracted such attention. Elegant, sculptural and awe-inspiring, the Spinnaker Tower is a new national icon. Soaring 170 metres (557 feet) into the sky above the historic harbour of Portsmouth, gateway to the English Channel, the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth's newest attraction is now open to view. Step out onto View Deck 1 and you step right into the best view in the country. On a clear day you can see for 23 miles or more. Dare you "Walk on Air"? See if you dare cross our glass floor, the largest in Europe. On View Deck 2 see the modern view or watch history unfold on our unique Time Telescopes, where you can catch Mary Rose or H.M.S. Victory sailing by. Feel the wind in your hair on the "Crow's Nest". On our top deck, you are exposed to the elements.

D-Day Museum: The D-Day Museum was opened in 1984 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. Its centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford (1915-92) as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. The Museum was extended in 1994 for D-Day 50. The Dulverton Wing is a multi-purpose space which is used amongst other things for lectures, exhibitions and work with schools. The Overlord Embroidery was conceived by Lord Dulverton as a modern counterpart to the Bayeux Tapestry. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, the Embroidery took five years to complete. It measures 272 feet and is the largest work of its kind in the world. As you look at the stirring scenes, an accompanying multi-language Soundalive commentary brings the events to life.

Southsea Castle: Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces. Over the centuries, Southsea Castle's defences were strengthened so that it could continue to protect Portsmouth. In the 19th Century a tunnel was built to defend the Castle moat. Visitors can still enter the tunnel and see how the Castle would have been defended against invaders. The Castle has had many other uses besides defence. For a while it was a military prison. A lighthouse was built in the 1820s, and is still in use by shipping today. In 1960 the Castle left military service. It was acquired by Portsmouth City Council, which restored the Castle to its 19th century appearance.

Portsmouth City Museum: The City is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth. There are temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade of fascinating shows on a wide range of subjects - recent exhibitions have included Space Exploration, Portsmouth at the time Nelson and Eco Fashion. The museum's main displays feature the 'Story of Portsmouth'. Discover how life at home has changed over the centuries in the 'Living in Portsmouth' Gallery which looks at life in the home with the reconstruction of a 17th century bedchamber, an 1871 dockyard worker's kitchen, a Victorian parlour, a 1930s kitchen and a 1950s living room. The story continues with 'Portsmouth at Play' on the beach, in the cinema, on the football field and dance floor.

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum: The famous writer Charles Dickens was born in this modest house in Portsmouth, England in 1812. The house has miraculously survived and is now preserved as a museum furnished in the style of 1809 which is when John and Elizabeth Dickens set up the first home of their married life there. They had no idea that their eldest son would go on to become one of the most internationally famous writers popular across the world for his novels and short stories. John Dickens came to Portsmouth when his job in the Navy Pay Office was transferred from London. They stayed here until 1815 when his job demanded that he return to London. Charles Dickens only lived in Portsmouth for the first three years of his life but he returned to the town on three occasions. Once he returned to research background information for his novel 'Nicholas Nickleby', and on two occasions later in life when he was a famous writer to give public readings of his work. On his last visit in 1866 he tried to find his birthplace but was unsuccessful, however it is now clearly signposted so visitors can find it easily!