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Discover hidden gems of maritime heritage in the seafront city of Portsmouth

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Portsmouth at night

Hampshire’s waterfront city of Portsmouth is steeped in a fascinating maritime history, which today draws many visitors to its unique attractions. With connections to Lord Nelson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and as the birthplace of Charles Dickens, it’s no a surprise that there is so much to see and do in Portsmouth.

The city’s Historic Dockyard is famed for its collection of historic ships and fascinating maritime attractions. Board the ancient HMS Victory, known for her role as Nelson’s flagship in the Battle of Trafalgar or visit the Mary Rose, a Tudor Ship which has been rebuilt and preserved after being raised from the bottom of the Solent in 1982. Housed within the dockyard you’ll also find, HMS Warrior 1860, a ship that was the fastest and largest of its time!

HMS Warrior in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard

For shoppers, Gunwharf Quays on Portsmouth’s marina is a designer shopping outlet, packed with attractions for the whole family. Spend a few hours browsing the shops before relaxing in one of the many cafes or restaurants. There is also an array of leisure attractions to keep everyone entertained including a cinema, powerboat trips and the chance to head to the top of the iconic Emirates Spinnaker tower, which on a good day enjoys 350-degree views of up to 23 miles. A few miles outside of the city you’ll also find Port Solent at Cosham, a similar leisure complex with plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.

For those who want to discover even more of Portsmouth’s fascinating history, the city also offers the intriguing D-day Museum and in Southsea, you’ll find the Royal Marines Museum. The self-guided Nelson Trail will take you on a historic journey through Portsmouth’s old town.

Other nearby attractions include Southsea Castle, located on Southsea Common, a large area perfect for dog walks, picnics and more recently, outdoor events. Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal is a great option for rainy days and the cities two cathedrals are well worth a visit. For a little peace and quiet away from the vibrancy of the city, Portsdown Hills is a chalk ridge, which enjoys miles of footpaths alive with wildlife. From the top you can sit back and take in the breathtaking views across the city and beyond.

Further afield, you can discover the delights of Southampton, Winchester and even the New Forest National Park.

While you’re there

Gunwharf Quays

A shopping and leisure centre where the whole family will be taken care of.

Spinnaker Tower

360-degree views stretching over 23 miles across city, sea and countryside.

Historic Dockyard

A fascinating insight into the British maritime history.

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