Originally a Saxon fishing village, Portsmouth developed into a military garrison town and then into the home of one of the most powerful sea borne fighting forces in history.
Portsmouth is a city on the sea packed with things to do. Enjoy an irresistible mix of history and heritage, specialist shopping, lively arts, great restaurants and bars and a programme of year round events.
From the harbour to the beach Portsmouth has more and more to offer each year.
With miles of waterfront, centuries of history and stunning attractions, come and enjoy Portsmouth, its a breath of fresh air.
The newest attraction is the Spinnaker Tower. Experience the stunning views from this unique tower, a visible landmark has already changed the skyline forever.
The Historic Dockyard is one of the top ten heritage attractions in the UK and a great day out for all the family. Home to the world famous historic ships, Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the stunning interactive attraction Action Stations.
The waterfront extends for miles through Old Portsmouth and along Southseas Victorian seafront. Stunning views across the Solent, space to relax, time to wander, Portsmouth brings it all to the waters edge.
Home of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth is a city with spirit and pride.
It is a city steeped in history with an impressive cast of characters from maritime heroes to literary giants.
There are no less than twelve museums where you can find out more about Portsmouths story and the people that have helped to write it, including Sir Admiral Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Visit the Historic Dockyard, Charles Dickens Birthplace now preserved as a museum, or why not try a taste of the worlds greatest Sherlock Holmes exhibition on show at the City Museum from the 22nd of June 2007.
In the narrow lanes and cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth see where convicts and heroes left England for the last time. Explore the Square and the Round Towers and discover fortifications ordered by Henry V to ward off invaders, you may hear the echoes of sad farewells and heroic returns. This is after all the most haunted city on the south coast and was recently featured on TVs Most Haunted.
For a taste of history enjoy the pubs of Spice Island where once press gangs lined up new recruits. Enjoy lunch right on the waterside and watch the world float by, pick up dinner at the fish market on the Camber or head indoors to a cosy tea room.