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Destination: Portsmouth Tours

Naval capital with a rich history and plenty to see.
Region: South East England
Pronounced: por-ts-m'th
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day
big cityby the seafamilieshistory lovers
Portsmouth, South East England

Portsmouth is a historic naval city, principal port of the British Navy and home to the world’s oldest dry dock.  Home to Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory and Henry VIII’s Mary Rose, salvaged from the Seabed in 1982, Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is not to be missed, along with the D-Day museum, while the UK’s tallest publicly accessible building the Spinnaker Tower is Portsmouth’s latest attraction.

The vibrant Gunwharf Quays situated on the harbourfront, has a plethora of shopping and dining options, while further down the harbour Old Portsmouth offers cobbled streets, atmospheric pubs and a small but interesting cathedral.  Southsea offers more family fun in its common and Clarence Pier.

Local Activities
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
PortsmouthThe Historic Dockyard offers a fantastic 6 attractions in 1 ticket. The unique attractions include the chance to board Lord Nelson’s flagship Battle of Trafalgar warship the HMS Victory.The 1860 HMS Warrior was one of the first iron clad ships which is now open for full exploration. Recently opened is the incredible opportunity to view the remains of Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose which sunk in 1545. The ship was recovered from the sea bed in the 1980's where it sat beneath the sandy sea bed - beautifully preserved the ship was raised and has undergone a preservation programme which was completed in 2013. The ship can now be viewed in it's new museum along with thousands of artefacts also recovered from the seabed. The Dockyard also has a naval museum, a harbour tour and Action stations which offers child friendly interactive experiences.
Charles Dickens Birthplace
Charles Dickens Birthplace, Portsmouth
PortsmouthNearby in Portsmouth is Charles Dickens Birthplace. The famous author was born here in 1812 and also died here in 1870.
The Spinnaker Tower
The Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
PortsmouthThe Spinnaker Tower – the UK’s tallest publicly accessible building offers amazing views across the city and beyond.
D-Day Museum
D Day Museum, Portsmouth
PortsmouthThe D-Day museum, Britain’s only museum dedicated to all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on 6th June 1944.
Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle, Portsmouth
PortsmouthSouthsea Castle was built in 1544 by Henry VIII to protect the country from invaders.
What can I see in the area?
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
PortsmouthJust south of Portsmouth, Southsea’s family friendly Clarence pier has an amusement arcades, mini golf and a boating lake nearby. It’s also where you can take Britain’s only commercial hovercraft service, which transports you on a cushion of air to the Isle of Wight in just 10 minutes.  (See Isle of Wight page for more information on what the Island has to offer).
Gosport, Portsmouth
PortsmouthGosport is a short ferry ride across the harbour from Portsmouth. Here the Royal Navy submarine Museum lets you board a World War 2 era submarine – HMS Alliance, as well as finding out what it is like living beneath the waves. The lively Explosion! – The Museum of Naval Firepower is also in Gosport.
Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle, Portsmouth
PortsmouthPortchester Castle built in the 3rd century, is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6 metre height, complete with most of their originally twenty towers. Later housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century. English Heritage
Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson, Portsmouth
PortsmouthFort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting Portsmouth from a feared French invasion.  Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery, Fort Nelson has over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display, all part of the national collection of arms and armour.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
Hudson Explorer Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
New Forest, Winchester, Arundel and Chichester, Isle of Wight
Transport options in this area: Portsmouth's main attractions are close together so walking is best. Further out buses can be used.
Did you know: Portsmouth’s motto, Heaven’s Light Our Guide, was the slogan of the Order of the Star of India and appeared on troop ships. Rifles, revolvers, scimitars and daggers engraved with the message were distributed in India.
"Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon."

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