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Portsmouth is on England’s south coast, overlooking the English Channel, about a 2-hour drive southwest of London. Portsmouth Point, a historic district that was once a favorite with sailors on shore leave, offers a feel of the city’s history. Today, you’ll find narrow, cobbled lanes with 18th and 19th-century cottages, and traditional English pubs.

Visit Gunwharf Quays to see the Spinnaker Tower, a 560-foot tall structure designed to look like a billowing sail. The three observation decks, especially the Crow’s Nest at the top, offer extraordinary sea, city, and countryside views.

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