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Portsmouth - Britain's Maritime History

Portsmouth, famous for its maritime heritage is the UK's premier waterfront destination. It's tourist and local industries centre around the harbour. The area is steeped in history, and this can be explored or researched in several museums. The city is blessed with many lovely open spaces and there are an abundance of shops, eateries and watering holes.

Shopping in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a shoppers haven with the well known brands available from Gunwharf Quays and independant stores in Southsea's Palmerston Road.

Portsmouth Attractions

Portsmouth has many places to visit from the historic dockyards to the futuristic Spinnaker Tower. Many of Portsmouth's attractions are situated within walking distance, which makes it very easy to make the most of your day in Portsmouth

Historic Dockyard

Being a town of rich naval heritage many of Portsmouth's attractions have a naval theme. One can visit great ships such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrier and the remains of the Mary Rose, one of the earliest purpose build warships to serve in the Royal Navy.

Spinnaker Tower

Reaching 170 metres (557 feet) over Portsmouth Harbour the Spinnaker Tower offers unrivalled views across Portsmouth and the English Channel. On a clear day you can see 23 miles or more. Experience the feeling of "Walking on air," on the largest glass floor in Europe. Don't visit Portsmouth without a visit!

Blue Reef Aquarium

Get up close and personal with the residents of our oceans in the touch pools and gain an indepth knowledge in the underwater tunnels.

The Royal Marines Museum

A complete history of the Royal Marines.

Charles Dickens' Birthplace

Experience a glimpse into the life of the internationally acclaimed writer who was born in Portsmouth in 1812. Find where he built his inspiration for novels such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.
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