Destination: Portsmouth

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Naval capital with a rich history and plenty to see.

Portsmouth

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Introducing Portsmouth


Portsmouth is a historic naval city, principal port of the British Navy and home to the world's oldest dry dock. Home to Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory and Henry VIII's Mary Rose, salvaged from the Seabed in 1982, Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard is not to be missed, along with the D-Day museum, while the UK's tallest publicly accessible building the Spinnaker Tower is Portsmouth's latest attraction. The vibrant Gunwharf Quays situated on the harbourfront, has a plethora of shopping and dining options, while further down the harbour Old Portsmouth offers cobbled streets, atmospheric pubs and a small but interesting cathedral. Southsea offers more family fun in its common and Clarence Pier.

Portsmouth

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Region: South East England

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

More Information: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk

What's nearby? New Forest, Winchester, Arundel and Chichester, Isle of Wight

What transport do you recommend? Portsmouth's main attractions are close together so walking is best. Further out buses can be used.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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The Historic Dockyard offers a fantastic 6 attractions in 1 ticket. The unique attractions include the chance to board Lord Nelson's flagship Battle of Trafalgar warship the HMS Victory. The 1860 HMS Warrior was one of the first iron clad ships which is now open for full exploration. Recently opened is the incredible opportunity to view the remains of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose which sunk in 1545. The ship was recovered from the sea bed in the 1980s where it sat beneath the sandy sea bed - beautifully preserved the ship was raised and has undergone a preservation programme which was completed in 2013. The ship can now be viewed in its new museum along with thousands of artefacts also recovered from the seabed. The Dockyard also has a naval museum, a harbour tour and Action stations which offers child-friendly interactive experiences.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Charles Dickens Birthplace

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Nearby in Portsmouth is Charles Dickens Birthplace, where the famous author was born and spent his early life. This Regency home is furnished as it was in the 19th century, giving you a glimpse of what Victorian Portsmouth was like.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Spinnaker Tower

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The Spinnaker Tower is one of the UK's tallest publicly accessible building and offers amazing views across the city and beyond. Enjoy a coffee 105 meters above Portsmouth harbour!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

D-Day Museum

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The D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated to all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on 6th June 1944. The museum will be open as usual through to 12 March 2017 inclusive, after which the refurbishment will commence. We plan that the museum will reopen in Spring 2018.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Southsea Castle

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Southsea Castle was built in 1544 by Henry VIII to protect the country from invaders. The famous Mary Rose warship sank right in front of the castle in 1545 whilst defending England from the French invasion.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Isle of Wight

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The island has 60 miles of spectacular coastline, with picturesque coves and beautiful bays of golden sand. Inland the countryside is just as stunning, with gentle rolling hills and little lanes to explore. The island is a short 10-minute journey by hovercraft or catamaran from Portsmouth, while ferries from Southampton and the New Forest take around 30 minutes. A train operates down the east side of the island enabling you to explore the beach resorts of Sandown and Shanklin, while around the island bus service gets you further afield including the gorgeous bay at Ventnor, or to the western side of the island to Alum Bay and the Needles.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Gosport

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Gosport is a short ferry ride across the harbour from Portsmouth. Here the Royal Navy Submarine Museum lets you board a World War 2 era submarine – HMS Alliance, as well as finding out what it is like living beneath the waves. The lively Explosion! – The Museum of Naval Firepower is also in Gosport.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Portchester Castle

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Portchester Castle was built in the 3rd century, and is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6-meter height, complete with most of their original twenty towers. Later housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Fort Nelson

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Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting Portsmouth from a feared French invasion. Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery, Fort Nelson has over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display, all part of the national collection of arms and armour.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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