The History of Portsmouth Guildhall
The Guildhall, originally Portsmouth Town Hall, was designed by William Hill. Hill’s aim was to improve on the architecture of Bolton Townhall, which he also designed 17 years earlier. The building was complete in 1890, and by 1926 it was announced that Portsmouth was to become a city and so the town hall was renamed, and Portsmouth Guildhall was born.
In January 1941, during World War II, the Guildhall suffered extreme damage. The building’s interior and roof were destroyed and only the outer walls and tower remained standing, though they also suffered fire damage.
After the war, Portsmouth Guildhall was rebuilt and finally reopened by the queen in 1959.
Portsmouth Guildhall Today
Today, Portsmouth Guildhall is a leading entertainment and conference venue. Having played host to musical icons including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder.
If you’re planning a visit to Portsmouth, why not check out what’s on at the Guildhall and enhance your visit?
There’s more to this venue than just a stage. Book a table in Guildhall Walk and enjoy a delicious pre-show dinner, pre-order drinks for your show to avoid queueing at the bar or relax in the exclusive hospitality lounge and get in the mood for entertainment.
Portsmouth Guildhall is completely accessible, offering free Blue Badge parking, lift access to all levels, and ramp access to the main foyer, so you can enjoy an event with zero stress.
Hotels Near Portsmouth Guildhall
Ensure your trip to Portsmouth is comfortable from start to finish when you book a stay in an Accor hotel near Portsmouth Guildhall. Out ibis Portsmouth Centre is a short four-minute stroll from the Guildhall and is conveniently situated for access to some of the city’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife.
If you’re working with a tight budget, book your stay at the ibis budget Portsmouth. Our cheapest hotel in Portsmouth, the ibis budget is a seven-minute drive from the Guildhall, or a 27-minute walk through the city centre.
Add excitement to you weekend in Portsmouth with a visit to its iconic Guildhall. Whether you’re interested in the venue’s historical significance or looking to experience world-class entertainment, you’re guaranteed memories that will last a lifetime.