A large city on the south coast of England, Portsmouth is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Steeped in Naval history, the city’s Historic Dockyard is home to some of the most well-known historical warships in the world including the Tudor-era Mary Rose and HMS Victory. In addition to its Naval Heritage, the city of Portsmouth also has a place in literary history as the birthplace of author Charles Dickens who wrote may Victorian classics. The house he was born in is open as the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum daily from April to December.

If you are in need of a little retail therapy, the Gunwharf Quays complex hosts a wide range of designer stores. While you’re there why not take a trip up the Spinnaker Tower and take in the stunning views of the City and the Solent? Just a short ride across the Solent by ferry or hovercraft is the Isle of Wight, a great trip out for the whole family. Alternatively why not venture into Southsea for a visit to the beach and a paddle in the sea or experience all the fun of the fair at Clarence Pier, one of the largest amusement parks on the south coast.

Portsmouth Must Sees

Spinnaker Tower

Rising over Portsmouth, this landmark is open all year round and offers views of Portsmouth from viewing platforms at 100m, 105m and 115m.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A must for anyone with an interest in naval history.

Clarence Pier

Close to the hoverport in Southsea. Great for families with children of all ages.

D-Day Museum

Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to the D-Day landings of June 1944. Open all year round except 24-26 December.

Portsmouth City Museum

Explores different facets of Portsmouth’s life and history including the Portsmouth Story, a look into football in the city and an insight into the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes whose creator lived and worked in the city.

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