VW CAMPERVAN HIRE
If you happen to live near Portchester, Gosport, Lee on Solent, Havant or any of the other beautiful towns near Portsmouth, then you could consider a memory making weekend break in one of our amazing campervans for hire.
The historic Naval port and south coast city of Portsmouth is bursting with so much to see and do and has been known to be called the ‘City of Museums’. Primarily built on Portsea Island, the city is alive with history. Not only are there plenty of shops, bars and restaurants but you’ll find a wide array of entertainment facilities too! There really is something to capture anyone’s interest!
Affectionately nicknamed Pompey – a name shared with HMNB Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Football Club – this bustling hub is located just 25 miles from the home of our VW Campervan hire facility in Southampton.
Portsmouth is a famous site for some of the nation's most widely known ships and vessels. There is so much to see and do in a day! It is a perfect place to visit when hiring a VW campervan and with unlimited mileage, you are free to explore further afield should you wish to.
One of the best features about this city is the Park and Ride, which is located just outside the city centre at Tipner Interchange, M275 Junction 1, Portsmouth, PO2 8AN, where you can leave your campervan safely all day for just £4 and travel around the city using their comfortable busses. There are also toilet facilities within the onsite waiting room and vending machines for refreshments.
The Historic City
Portsmouth is one of the best known ports in the world and houses around two thirds of the Royal Navy's surface fleet, making the city a fantastic site for some of the nation's most famous ships and vessels.
The Historic Dockyard is one of the most exciting places to start your visit to Portsmouth and is the well known home of the remains of the Tudor era warship Mary Rose, which was King Henry VIII’s favourite ship and HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson’s flagship.
Built in 1510, the boat served the King for 34 years, before meeting its demise in the Solent in 1545 after defending England and Portsmouth from a French invasion fleet.
The Mary Rose museum has not long been refurbished and boasts views of the dramatically raised ship from 9 galleries and never before seen angles. It offers an immersive and hands on experience unlike any other, telling the story of what life was like on board. It is sure to leave you feeling breath taken.
With so much to do, you may need a little longer to absorb all that Portsmouth has to offer!
You’ll be thankful you made the smart decision to hire a camper van from us as the VW California is built for comfort and relaxation. You can always return to your home from home for a cuppa and a nap!
The Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Located within the popular area of Gunwharf Quays, which is conveniently just a stone's throw from the Historic Dockyard, is the iconic and prominent Emirates Spinnaker Tower – visible from 23 miles away!
The tower offers amazing views across the city and over to the neighbouring towns and suburbs including Gosport, Appley Beach on the Isle of Wight and even on a clear day, the West Sussex seaside town of Worthing.
The scenery never stays the same with all the comings and goings of warships and cruise ships within this busy port.
For those thrill seekers amongst you, the Sky Walk offers a nerve defying 60mm glass platform allowing you to see down to the harbour 1,100m below you! Don’t worry though – the floor can withstand a weight of up to a massive 288 stone!
If this daredevil antic isn’t for you, there is still plenty of room to walk around the outside and enjoy the jaw dropping views from there.
This might be something incredible by itself, but nothing can beat unzipping the canvas on the pop up roof and enjoying the stunning scenery of the nearby Southsea beaches, or even the twinkling stars from the comfort of your very own campervan after an exciting day exploring!
If spectacular scenery and views are what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed by visiting the nearby Portsdown Hill.
This is a magical place to park up in your campervan and enjoy the view across Portsmouth, whilst brewing a cup of tea or rustling up a delicious meal in the adequately sized and fully equipped kitchen!
There are many sites around the city dedicated to everything from D-Day to the famous writer and critic Charles Dickens.
A favourite haunt has to be the free to visit Fort Nelson – one of 5 defensive forts built between 1860 and 1867 to protect the naval base. It was even designated as a world heritage site on 22 December 1971.
Explore some of the secret underground tunnels, hear stories about what life was like, see the biggest guns ever made, and discover outer ramparts and even ammunition bunkers across this 19-acre historical site.
They regularly hold special events too, which are suitable for all the family and there’s even ample and free parking just across the road too!
With its tidy dimensions which are actually similar to that of an MPV, you’ll have no trouble zipping along the beautiful nearby country roads in your campervan.
If it's some retail therapy you want you will be absolutely spoiled for choice in this cosmopolitan city!
There’s over 90 designer outlets at Gunwharf Quays, offering all the top brands at up to 60% off, including Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Superdry, Hugo Boss, Dune and Michael Kors to name just a few.
Not only can you shop till you drop, there’s many restaurants and bars to keep you fuelled up.
A short walk will take you into the architecturally pleasing city centre where you’ll find Commercial Road offering all the high street stores you could wish for.
There is even a train connection to take you between the two, or you can hop on one of the park and ride buses from the nearby terminal if you have taken advantage of this facility.
There is also the independent Albert Road shopping area in Southsea, known as the street of character and flavour, or just slightly further afield on the edge of the city is the little known gem of Port Solent.
This quirky harbourside area offers a truly unique shopping and dining experience with a range of branded and boutique stores and restaurants.
There’s plenty of room to hang your new treasures in the campervan’s spacious wardrobe and many cubby holes too, so you’ll never be short of storage whilst on your adventures.
FOOD AND DRINK
From chain to independent restaurants, cafes, bars & pubs, you’ll find it hard to decide where to get your culinary fix when it comes to eating out in and around Portsmouth! There are so many delicious delights to choose from located in the heart of the city and on its borders.
If you’re looking for something that’s just as special as your top of the range Volkswagen Ocean campervan, then the elegant and polished European eatery Restaurant 27 comes highly recommended, as does their 9-course tasting menu. Seabass, crab and steak are particular customer favourites.
Why not use the fully equipped kitchen that your VW campervan has to offer? Buy some local produce and whip up a culinary delight! If you are looking for cooking inspiration, you’ll find the provided VW Campervan Cook Book in your vehicle, located in the door pocket. Just one of the little extra touches that you can expect when you use our campervan hire service.
If you don’t fancy trying to recreate a traditional Sunday dinner, then let Croxton’s Kitchen & Tap House do that for you. Accommodated in a former Post Office building, not only do they offer a superb roast, they can cater for both vegetarian and vegan diets along with gluten free, and are said to have some of the best burgers in town!
Southsea Farmers Market is a must! Any local will tell you that trying pork from the nearby New Forest is culinary delight. Pigs graze on acorns, beech mast and windfall apples from the orchards which gives the meat a superb taste unlike any other. It takes place from 10 am to 2 pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Find them at Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO5 3QE. You’ll be able to pack out the 42L campervan fridge with all your delicious produce!
The Millennium Promenade walk is a firm favourite. At just over two miles long, it's suitable for most abilities. It stretches from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to the magnificent Southsea Castle.
For something more rural, a cycle around the nearby Langstone Harbour offers a flat route, which you can tie in with a trip on the Hayling Island ferry to Eastney. It runs every hour and you’ll find all the information you need at www.haylingferry.net
Most are suitable for your furry best friend too! A single Labrador sized dog or two Westie sized dogs are welcome to holiday in your VW California campervan and enjoy the adventure too!
Victoria Park, tucked away in the heart of the city centre, is an extraordinary green oasis offers play equipment for the younger visitors plus aviaries and small animal enclosures. There is also a cafe and scenic walks through the beautifully landscaped gardens.
You will never be short of things to do in Portsmouth.
The Guildhall also has regular events and entertainment, so it’s always worth checking what’s on!
ADD A BIKE RACK TO YOUR HIRE
If you are keen cyclists, don’t forget we have bike racks for hire that can be attached securely to the campervan, you just need to specify these when completing your booking.
You’ll also find all the fun of the fair at Clarence Pier.
Not only are there daredevil high rope courses and penny arcades, there is also a funfair with its own waterside roller coaster and plenty of seaside eateries.
Take a stroll further down the seafront and you’ll find the Blue Reef Aquarium, The Pyramids Centre, South Parade Pier, Model Village and Canoe Lake.
The park has ample parking for the campervan next to the green with views of the lake and a cafe with toilets on site too.
Portsmouth Festivals & Events
Victorious is no doubt one of the most popular and well known festivals to take place on the South Coast.
Bringing many headline music acts to the city, it runs over the August bank holiday weekend.
Held during the first weekend of August is the annual Kite Festival, which draws in huge crowds from around the world.
It’s not all just kites though, there is also an abundance of stalls turning the entire common into a vibrant and bustling market place & fun fair!
Overnight camping is available at the festival with pitches offering electric hook-up if required. Not that we think you’ll need it. Your campervan comes equipped with two dedicated leisure batteries, plenty of juice to run everything for up to 4 days ‘off grid’, including the fridge! Here’s how to book your camping pitch.
Just a tiny taste of what the South coast has to offer. Quite possibly one of the best coastlines to visit in a VW Campervan! We know you won't be disappointed!
Southsea Holiday & Leisure Park
Located adjacent to the beach, this is a firm favourite with many campers due to its view of the harbour and Isle of Wight, not to mention the on site facilities including a swimming pool, play park and bar.
A pet friendly site popular with those wishing to stay outside the city centre and enjoy the rural surroundings of Hayling Island. A 15 minute drive away, you’ll find a swimming pool & plenty of space to enjoy in the beautiful countryside.
For those who like adventure or activity thrown in, there’s no better than this premier waterside site. There's all the facilities you’d expect but also a private slipway for canoeing & kayaking, along with spots for crabbing & fishing. You’ll have a relaxing and fun time making memories!
We have made booking your Portsmouth VW campervan rental experience simple. To use our hire service you can see our up to the minute availability by visiting our website or call us about your campervan rental needs. Portsmouth is easy to get to, with just the M27 & M275 main roads to travel from our base to the city.
WHERE WE ARE BASED
Our base in Southampton is only 29 miles away from Bournemouth and we are conveniently located near to Junction 3 of the M27. Within a few minutes of leaving the motorway, you could be at our HQ picking up the keys to your campervan and heading off on your very own road-trip.