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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.


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


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

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