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Gunwharf Quays – So much more than outlet shopping

Gunwharf QuaysIt’s no exaggeration to say that Gunwharf Quays really has something for everyone.  Shopping, eating, leisure or just a great day out, all tastes are catered for at this outstanding venue on the south coast.

Built on old naval site right next to Old Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard,  Gunwharf Quays cleverly mixes an exciting blend of old and new.  Opening up this part of the picturesque Portsmouth Harbour to the public after 300 years, visitors get so much more than a shopping or eating experience.

With over 95 designer outlets, 30 places to eat for all tastes and budgets, the breathtaking Spinnaker Tower, a multiplex cinema, bowling, a hotel and some great bars and clubs, Gunwharf Quays brings visitors back again and again.

How to get there

Gunwharf Quays couldn’t be easier to get to.  Situated next to the Hard – the main bus terminal for the city, Portsmouth Harbour railway station and the Gosport and Isle of Wight ferry terminals, it’s accessible to everyone.  The award winning underground car park holds over 1500 cars and with easy routes and clear sign-posting in from the major roads, driving there couldn’t be more stress free.

See our interactive map at the bottom of the page for more information.

Gunwharf Quays Opening Hours

Gunwharf shops are open:

Monday – Friday 10am to 7am
Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am to 7 pm

Bars, restaurants & leisure facilities are all open 7 days & nights a week.

Gunwharf Quays Shops

Gunwharf QuaysGunwharf is famous for its fabulous range of outlet shops giving you designer and household names at discount prices.

Get your fashion fix with the likes of Gap, Hobbs, LK Bennett, Next, Karen Millen, Fat Face, White Stuff, Calvin Kline and Marks & Spencer’s.  Sporting goods and clothing are plentifully served with brands such as Nike, Adidas, O’Neill, Trespass, Animal, Ripcurl and Timberland.  Grab some bargains for the little ones from Gap, Next and Clarkes and finish your outfit with a great choice of shoes, accessories and health and beauty shops.

Beyond fashion there are some fantastic places to kit out your home and pander to your hobbies.  Homewares, electronics, sports and travel are all catered for with names such as Denby’s, Villeroy & Boch, Donnay International, Mountain Warehouse, Bose and Carphone Warehouse.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone special, then Gunwharf is the perfect destination.  Jewellery, perfumes, chocolates, books, music and cards – you’re spoilt for choice with shops ranging from Thornton’s, Crabtree & Evelyn, Claires, Paperchase, L’Occitane to HMV.

Gunwharf Quay Restaurants

Before, during and after a hard day’s shopping, what more excuse do you need for a bit of R&R at one of the amazing selection of waterfront restaurants?  Whether its fast food or fine dining, day time or a night out, you really can’t find a better choice of culinary delights anywhere on the South Coast.

Fast food and refreshment stops come in the shape of Burger King, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Café Nero, Yo Sushi, Tower Café/Bar and The Italian Kitchen among others.

As for restaurants, the possibilities are endless….fine dining, brasseries, pizzerias, Asian, European.  Choose from the likes of Loch Fyne, Water Margin, Pizza Express, Tiger Tiger, Wagamama, Brasserie Blanc, Nandos and Azzurro to name but a few.

The Water Margin in Gunwharf

Gunwharf Quays Leisure

Whether you’re looking for a way to entertain the kids or a chance to dance the night away, Gunwharf Quays has it all.  Bowlplex and Vue Cinema’s are resident here alongside Twenty4Seven Fitness Gym and Aspex Art Gallery.  And you’re right at the heart of one of most famous landmarks on the South Coast – The Spinnaker Tower.  Enjoy breathtaking views across the Solent day and night.

On top of this Gunwharf are always holding special events for all the family from Christmas Fayres to Summer Beach activities, Mountain Bike Displays to Musical Festivals.

Situated on the water the Gunwharf Marina is home to boats of all shapes and sizes.  As well as regular events and major races taking place from here, you can experience your own “Fun on the Water” with powerboats rides available.

And finally, what better way to end your visit, with a night out at this stunning location in one of the great bars or clubs such as Tiger Tiger Night Club or Highlight Comedy Club.

Gunwharf Quays Accommodation

The best news of all is you can stumble out of the shops or off the dance floor into the Express by Holiday Inn.  The 130-bedroom hotel is in the heart of Gun Wharf, no taxis, no hassle.  And if you really love it that much here, you can always stay for good!  There’s a host of amazing houses and apartments to rent or buy, with the new landmark “Lipstick Tower” the crowing glory of Gunwharf.

Do you need any more excuses!!!  Make Gunwharf Quays your destination of choice.




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