We’re here to bring you all you need to know about the venue, including its history, what’s on, things to do nearby and hotels near Portsmouth Guildhall to stay at during your visit!
Built-in 1890 and used as the Town Hall until 1926, Portsmouth Guildhall is a historic building located within the heart of the city. Destroyed to ruin in WWII during the Blitz, it was rebuilt after the war in 1959 and today serves not only as a multi-use venue but a symbolic memorial to Portsmouth’s residents rebuilding their lives in the post-war period.
With everything from comedy shows and music concerts to several exhibitions, events, conferences, weddings and parties, Portsmouth Guildhall is a hub of entertainment in the city.
Some of the biggest names in music have played its coveted stage, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Radiohead, The Smiths, and Pink Floyd. Still the location of hundreds of concerts every year, you can catch a show or learn all about the venue’s rich musical history through the Portsmouth Music Experience.
Alongside musical greats, you can also catch live shows from some of the most iconic comedians at the Guildhall. The venue has previously hosted Steve Coogan, Frankie Boyle, Jimmy Carr, and many more.
Getting to Portsmouth Guildhall couldn’t be easier. By car, hop off the M27 at junction 12 and drive a little further into Portsmouth centre. There’s a Park & Ride service available near the entrance to Portsmouth, while plenty of parking in a multi-storey just 200 metres from the venue.
The Portsmouth Guildhall is just across the square from the central train station, sof you can ride there in no time from London, Southampton, Brighton, or elsewhere in the UK.
Situated right in the heart of the city, Portsmouth Guildhall is in an ideal location for checking out some of the city’s other attractions, too. Whether you’ve got a bit of time before a concert or just want to explore the area, you can find some famous landmarks right on the doorstep.
If you fancy a walk on a lovely afternoon, just outside the Guildhall sits the beautiful Victoria Park – an ideal spot for a scenic stroll. Another of Portsmouth’s most famous landmarks, just a 20-minute walk away, is the Emirates Spinnaker Tower on the harbour. Visit the tower and take in panoramic views of the city and sea from 170 metres above ground level. Or, check out the Portsmouth Museum, which is just a ten-minute walk away.
With so much to learn about the city’s history, it’s a great way to spend the day before a show. Whether you’re catching some comedy, seeing one of your favourite bands, dancing up a storm or celebrating a wedding, Portsmouth Guildhall is a fantastic venue for unforgettable experiences.
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