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Get to know Portsmouth (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Portsmouth. To help you make friends with Portsmouth before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Portsmouth is not a big town at all. It is divided into three parts -- city center, Head Interchange and Southsea (Portsmouth Southsea Railway station is located in city center but not Southsea). The Portsmouth hostels and hotels are mainly located in city center and Southsea. Obviously if you can find a bed near Head Interchange, that would be very nice.

Head Interchange is where the main attraction of Portsmouth located. You can find the designer outlet and the Royal Navy historical dockyard there, which is worth seeing. Your ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you can return at any time to visit the attractions -- no need to rush for the attraction. The Portsmouth Harbour Railway station is also next to the interchange. If you want to go to a hostel in Southsea, you may need a bus (number 6, 6A) to take you there from Head Interchange. It is also possible to walk there from the interchange -- it takes about thirty-five to forty minutes to get there.

If you want to get a supermarket in Southsea, there are two small supermarkets in Plamerston Road. However, the Iceland store over there closes at 6 p.m. If you want to get to a bigger supermarket, you may need to go to the city center. You can find a lot of restaurants in Southsea, Head Interchange, and the city center. There are also some restaurants located inside the designer outlet as well.

Your Packing List for Portsmouth

Your Packing List for Portsmouth

Pack smart, not hard

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Portsmouth and England.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

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Southampton (31 Km / 19 mi.)
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Burley (44 Km / 27 mi.)
Worthing (49 Km / 31 mi.)
Bournemouth (56 Km / 35 mi.)

Travel Tips for Portsmouth - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Portsmouth. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Portsmouth. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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