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Mary Rose Museum

The raising of the 16th-century warship the Mary Rose in 1982 was an extraordinary feat of marine archaeology. The £35-million, boat-shaped museum that's been built around her gives uninterrupted views of the...

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth's blockbuster draw sees you gazing at the evocative hulk of Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, and jumping aboard Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar warship HMS Victory. Then there's the Victorian HMS...

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HMS Victory

As resplendent as she is venerable, HMS Victory was Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) and the site of his famous dying words 'Kiss me, Hardy', after victory over the French had been...

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HMS Warrior

The magnificent warship HMS Warrior was at the cutting edge of technology when she was built in 1860, riding the transition from wood to iron and sail to steam. The gleaming upper deck, vast gun deck and dimly...

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A Bar

A laid-back spot to sample local produce and soak up local life – the menu is strong on fish that's been landed just yards away, while cider-drinking fisherfolk prop up the bar from midafternoon. The wine list is...

Ship in Portsmouth

HMS Alliance at the Submarine Museum

Taking a trip deep into the bowels of the WWII-era sub HMS Alliance is compelling, thanks to the lights, sounds and even smells used to create a sense that you're visiting just as the crew has gone ashore. HMS...

Historic Site in Portsmouth

The Point

The Point's characterful cobbled streets are dotted with higgledy-piggledy houses and salty sea-dog pubs, their terraces prime places to watch streams of ferries and naval ships. Here you can climb Henry V's...

Pub Food in Portsmouth

Still & West

Genius: two great British institutions in one – a fish-and-chip outlet inside a pub. Your fried delights come wrapped in traditional chippy paper, so buy a pint, bag a window table and tuck in while watching the...

Pub Food in Portsmouth

Old Customs House

The best of Gunwharf Quays' numerous eateries, this smart pub occupies an 18th-century former Royal Marine hospital. Now better-than-average bar food (think confit salmon, buffalo mozzarella ratatouille, battered...

Burgers in Portsmouth


Maybe its the whopping pancake stacks for breakfast, or the juicy lunchtime patties of Isle of Wight beef, or the sweet potato fries and peanut butter milkshakes – laid-back Feed has loads of local fans.

Museum in Portsmouth

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Cannon-fire, recoiling guns and blood-spattered, injured sailors appear in this museum's multimedia re-creation of the Battle of Trafalgar – Nelson and Napoleon even pop up to give a tactical briefing. The site...

Tower in Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower

The Spinnaker Tower soars 170m above Gunwharf Quays, its two sweeping white arcs resembling a billowing sail from some angles, and a skeletal ribcage from others. The 23-mile views take in Portsmouth, the Isle of...

Museum in Portsmouth

D-Day Story

Portsmouth played a key role in the assault mounted by Allied D-Day forces in 1944. A £5 million revamp means this exhibit now combines audio-visual presentations and iconic objects – items ranging from vehicles...

Museum in Portsmouth

Explosion, Museum of Naval Firepower

This 1771 powder magazine is packed full of ordnance tracing the story of naval munitions from gunpowder to Exocet missiles. Explosion is in Gosport, on the west side of Portsmouth Harbour – a regular water bus...

Museum in Portsmouth

Action Stations!

At this warehouse full of child-friendly interactive gadgets you'll command a warship, gaze at an astronaut's view of Earth, and peek up a periscope. The whole set-up is a thinly disguised recruitment drive for...

Shopping Centre in Portsmouth

Gunwharf Quays

A glitzy cluster of around 100 shops, restaurants and bars, featuring all the big high-street shops.