Why go there?
Portsmouth, on England’s south coast, is easily accessible from London by car or by train. The Great Waterfront City is home to a wealth of historic attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including HMS Victory, and the Mary Rose. One ticket gets you into all the Dockyard’s attractions, including the harbour tour.
The dockyard is located next to the modern Spinnaker Tower, with its view decks offering unrivalled vistas of city, coast and country. The tower sits within the vibrant shopping centre at Gunwharf Quays, home to 90+ designer outlets, as well as a great many bars, restaurants, coffee shops, a multiplex cinema, bowling alley and contemporary art gallery.
In Southsea, you’ll find historic fortifications alongside the popular beach and common. These include Southsea Castle – where Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose sink – which is now a popular museum with a café, shop and even a microbrewery. It’s also just a stone’s throw from The D-Day Story, which puts visitors in the shoes of the brave individuals crossing the channel for the Normandy campaign. Outside the museum you can’t miss LCT 7074, the 59-metre long Landing Craft Tank – the last of its kind and painstakingly restored.