Towns & Villages
With a rich maritime and naval history, Portsmouth's fortunes have long been intimately tied to the sea. Even today, many of Portsmouth's most stunning features and most popular attractions are found near the harbour.
From the imposing Spinnaker Tower, to the historic ship HMS Victory, you'll find a huge range of things to see and do. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to some of the most impressive historic ships in the world – with the remains of Henry VIII's Mary Rose and HMS Warrior 1860 both here.
Take a break from the historical attractions to indulge in a little shopping. The bustling Gunwharf Quays is one of the best shopping locations in the south, with dozens of big brands and stores to choose from (not to mention bowling alleys, cinemas and nightclubs).
Things to see and do in Portsmouth...
- Shop till you drop in the wonderful Gunwharf Quays or enjoy the incredible views over the city from the top of the nearby Spinnaker Tower.
- Visit the D-Day Museum to learn all about the incredible bravery and stories behind the D-Day Landings, and then head into the Royal Marines Museum.
- Don't miss the fantastic HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar and one of the oldest and best preserved ships in the country.
- In addition to its naval traditions, Portsmouth is also the birthplace of Charles Dickens - find out more about one of Britain's most famous literary figures at the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.
For more information visit the official tourism website for Portsmouth.
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One of the South Coast's most popular shopping destinations, Gunwharf Quays is filled with almost...0.58 miles away
Royal Garrison Church
Church built in 1212. Destroyed by fire bombs on 10 January 1941, but the chancel survived. King...0.6 miles away
Year-round programme of solo, group and themed exhibitions of contemporary visual art, accompanied...0.65 miles away
Soaring 170 metres into the sky, the Spinnaker Tower offers spectacular views over the south coast....0.66 miles away
New £27m Mary Rose Museum open 31 May 2013: The famous Tudor warship to finally reveal all her...0.71 miles away
One of Portsmouth's oldest permanent fortifications.0.74 miles away
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Small terraced house of 1805 in which the famous novelist was born and lived for a short time....0.94 miles away
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