Portsmouth serves as one of England's most important southern ports. Those with an interest in maritime history have come to the right place. Inside the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you can visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy, step aboard the Nelson's HMS Victory or admire the Tudor Mary Rose.

    Once you've seen the city and the views over the ocean from the observation deck in the sail-shaped Spinnaker Tower, you can explore the cobbled streets of the old town and close off the evening with a beer in one of the cozy maritime-themed pubs.

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      Portsmouth has been one of the main homes of the British Royal Navy since 1194, and continues to be an important seaport. It wears its maritime associations with pride, from the mighty sail-shaped Spinnaker Tower puncturing the skyline to the many close associations to naval hero Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson. Even the city’s nickname – Pompey – is thought to originate...

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      The best places to go shopping in Portsmouth vary from unique little local stores up to impressive shopping malls and retail parks. If you want to pick up some unique treasures and bring home gifts for friends and family back home, Portsmouth offers numerous shopping destinations with everything from antique weapons to high-end fashion to quirky curiosities. Whether you...

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      Portsmouth has no shortage of nightlife, with activities for the whole family, laid-back bars and pubs, exciting nightclubs and cultured performing-arts venues to choose from. Much of the excitement is focused around 3 main neighborhoods – The Gunwharf Quays, Guildhall Walk and Palmerston Road, though there are naturally other places around the port city to check out. Whether you...

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