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Synonymous with Britain’s seafaring legacy, Portsmouth is a treasure trove of Tudor warships, crumbling medieval castles, and artifacts rescued from the depths of the ocean, with enough stories of daring deeds to capture anyone’s imagination. But this isn’t a city stuck in the past: its harbor is an ode to modernity. There’s an outlet village selling the most up-to-date fashion trends direct from the designers and chic bars occupying the seafront, providing the best cocktails and views for miles around.

Things to see

Step through the gates of the Historic Dockyard and discover a warship of legendary status: the HMS Victory – Lord Nelson’s flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar. Its hulking size dominates the dockyard and its black and yellow paint gleams new, lovingly restored. Within the ship-shaped Mary Rose Museum, you’ll find another near-mythical vessel which belonged to Henry VIII and which was recovered from the bottom of the sea just a few decades ago. Marine history tour complete, head down to the harbor, where the Spinnaker Tower, like a futuristic ship’s sail, stands triumphantly. Ascend to the viewing platform for outstanding views of the harbor and city. Then enjoy the pleasant shopping streets of Gunwharf Quays, where you can pick up some great discounts on top name fashion brands. If you’d rather delve back into the area’s history, nearby Portsea Castle offers drawbridges, turrets, and towers to please any medieval fan.

Hotels in Portsmouth

Portsmouth hotels are a lively mix of established guesthouses, with lots of atmosphere and tradition, and mid-range brand hotels providing convenience and good amenities. In the boutique seafront hotels, you’ll find charmingly-furnished rooms, with 4-poster beds, vintage furniture, and elegant decor. Their onsite restaurants and bars also exude old-fashioned glamour, and some offer a peaceful adults-only environment. For a value for money option or more modern accommodation, the familiar brand names offer spacious rooms fitted with flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi access, as well as swimming pools and fitness centers. These hotels are family-friendly and are also suitable for business travelers.

Where to stay

For superb sea views and tranquil guesthouse accommodation, the Southsea district is the best. Located to the south of the Historic Dockyards and Gunwharf Quays, it is within easy reach of these attractions. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and museums within the area, creating a lively buzz on the waterfront. If you’d rather be in the midst of historic district or close to the chic harbor area, then central Portsmouth is ideal. Here, you’ll find several mid-range hotel options, some with views of the Spinnaker Tower and harbor. Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard are within easy walking distance.

How to get to Portsmouth

The easiest option for international travelers is to fly into either of London’s main airports; Heathrow or Gatwick. If you hire a car, the journey to Portsmouth takes around an hour by road. Alternatively, you can take an airport express train into central London, then take a train to Portsmouth, a journey of about 2 hours in total. If traveling from another destination from within the UK, you can also fly to Southampton Airport, 20 miles from Portsmouth. Buses and trains go from there to Portsmouth and take about half an hour. Ferry services from mainland Europe are also available.

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