Situated on the picturesque south coast of England, vibrant, modern Portsmouth has the unique distinction of being the only island city in the whole of the UK. With spectacular waterfront views and miles of coastline, a short break in Portsmouth can be an energetic, activity filled adventure or a chance to simply relax and enjoy a beautiful city with lots to see and do.
Portsmouth has an important maritime history stretching back to tudor times and there is plenty of evidence of the fascinating part this important city has played in the security of the nation for over 500 years.
There is no better place to start exploring Portsmouth than in the Historic Dockyards. This working naval base brings together the past and the present in a series of exciting family friendly exhibitions, as visitors are able to discover some of the most important and romantic ships in British Naval history. Climb aboard the original HMS Victory to find out about life on an early nineteenth century warship and visit the spot where Lord Nelson was killed during the decisive Battle of Trafalgar.
Perhaps the most famous resident of the Dockyards is Henry VIII’s favourite warship, the Mary Rose, which sank mysteriously in 1545. The remains of the ship are housed in an award winning museum which combines modern technology with artefacts linked to the ship to bring tudor history to life. For a fun family challenge, visit Boathouse 4 for interactive activities, or be the first to reach the crow’s nest on the Mast and Rigging experience.
For a break from the hustle and bustle of the town centre the nearby beachfront of Southsea offers a more traditional English seaside experience. Wander along the golden sandy beaches or enjoy a picnic on the common with stunning views across the Solent. Cultural events and festivals are held here throughout the year, celebrating music, books, food and even the majestic art of kite flying,
As well as history and culture, Portsmouth has an enviable range of shopping opportunities. In the town centre the pedestrianised Commercial Road area and modern Cascades shopping centre are home to many high street favourites, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants. For a more relaxed shopping experience, Gunwharf Quays has over ninety premium retail outlets, including a good range of independent stores and stylish boutiques. The area is dominated by the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower, one of UK’s tallest structures. Visit each of the three viewing decks for some of the most spectacular views in the UK. Dare to walk across the 100m high glass sky walk,and enjoy the exhilarating experience of the open sky deck.
Portsmouth has accommodation to suit every type of short break or holiday, from budget chains to five star hotels in the city centre, or cosy bed and breakfasts and friendly guest houses with fabulous sea views. For a more adventurous feel, how about a log cabin on the coast, or relax in the heart of the countryside in a luxurious yurt or safari tent.
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