One of Britain’s most important dockyards, since Roman times, the city was devastated by wartime bombing but has risen, magnificently, re-discovering its ancient roots and embracing opportunities. From historic sites to the home of Britain’s 2017 America’s Cup challenge, Portsmouth will surprise and delight.
A spacious, mostly open-air, outlet retail centre of 93 stores, a cinema and 25 cafés and restaurants, this imaginative 21st century redevelopment of a former Royal Navy installation has a magnetic attraction for shoppers, fun-seekers and families. With ample covered parking, prepare to be entertained.
EMIRATES SPINNAKER TOWER
Conceived in 1995 as a fitting memorial for the new millennium, the 115m tall tower is visible from 37km away and its sail-like shape reflects the city’s naval heritage. A major visitor attraction, there are a challenging 570 steps up to the topmost platform – or a 30 second ride on the high-speed lift – for a bird’s-eye view of the city, its harbour and the surrounding area. » spinnakertower.co.uk
PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD
Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, the world’s first iron-hulled warship, HMS Warrior, and the state-ofthe-art museum housing the stunningly-preserved remains of ‘Mary Rose’, the pride of Henry VIII’S navy – just a taster of what you can see. Visit the museums, fascinating workshops, harbour tours, shops and restaurants for an unforgettable day-out. » historicdockyard.co.uk