At the heart of Portsmouth is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Here you can explore Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, tour Queen Victoria’s battleship, HMS Warrior 1860 and trace the history of the Royal Navy. Then come right up to date with “Action Stations” an interactive attraction on today’s navy.
Explore the remains of Henry VIII’s favourite ship at The Mary Rose Museum. The ship was recovered from the seabed in one of the most challenging archaeological excavations of all time. From the large bronze and iron guns to personal items like wooden bowls, tiny dice and nit combs, The Mary Rose recreates life on-board a 16th century warship with an authenticity no other attraction can provide.
Why not take a harbour tour to see the naval ships and harbour fortifications from the water. Other attractions include Charles Dickens’ birthplace, the D-Day Story featuring the Overlord Embroidery, Southsea Castle and Portsmouth Cathedral.
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Porstmouth Harbour is a convenient launching-off point, too: you can take a ferry or hydrofoil from here to Ryde on the Isle of Wight or to St Malo, Caen or Cherbourg in France.
Portsmouth has its own resort area, Southsea, offering four miles of beach and promenade, including gardens and piers. You can take an undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium or splash around at the Pyramids Centre with their fun swimming pools, flumes and waves.
At the harbour entrance lies Gunwharf Quays, a world-class waterfront shopping and leisure development. Spinnaker Tower is also situated here – a striking new attraction soaring 170m into the air and offering spectacular views over the south coast.
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