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Portsmouth Visitor Guide

England's only island city, Portsmouth, has much to offer land and sea lovers alike.

The city is steeped in naval and seagoing history. Experience the panoramic view from the top of Spinnaker Tower and on the way down discover more about the city's maritime past. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a must-see. Step aboard world-famous ships and submarines. Visit Nelson's HMS Victory and don't miss Henry VIII's restored flagship Mary Rose. Our tip is to obtain an Ultimate Explorer Ticket to gain 12 months entry to a vast array of historic ships, museums and exhibitions. Climb aboard a harbour boat tour for a view of all things maritime.

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  • Boating at ElyNelson's HMS Victory at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard

Back on dry land, enjoy Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, a visit to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum or the D-Day Story. Natural history enthusiasts should seek out Cumberland House. Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, overlooking the promenade and sea beyond, commemorates those Naval personnel who lost their lives in two world wars and have no known grave.

For shopping, head to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth City centre's Commercial Road or Southsea's Palmerston Road and Albert Road for smaller independents alongside big names and bustling markets.

Holidays in the Porsmouth area

Portsmouth is a major start point for cruisea around the UK coast. See cruising holidays in the UK.

Check out tours in our selection of touring holidays in the UK

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