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Portsmouth is famous for its connections to the Royal Navy and the city has naval connections throughout. Birthplace of Charles Dickens and home to two Cathedrals Portsmouth offers a mix of history and fun and is located on the south coast within driving distance of cities such as Brighton, Chichester and Winchester.
Things to See
Sticking with the Naval theme there are lots of attractions in the city which allow people to explore the maritime connections of the city. From the Historic Dockyard, home to HMS Warrior 1860 to Lord Nelson's HMS Warrior and Henry VIII's Mary Rose, the Dockyard offers a great day out for the family.
Other naval connections in the city include the D-Day Museum and the Royal Marines Museum as well as a number of statues and also the possibility of watching the ships come in on the seafront.
Gunwharf Quays offers designer outlet shopping for those in need of some retail therapy and also boasts a range of bars, restaurants and a cinema. Gunwharf Quays is also where you will find the Spinnaker Tower a 170 meter tall landmark which overlooks Portsmouth Harbour.
Each year the city hosts a number of large events including the International Kite Festival and the Great South Run.
With The Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth Guildhall and theatres like the Kings Theatre and Theatre Royal there are a wide range of cultural events if you want to take in a show or live band. There are also comedy nights at The Cellars and The Wedgewood Rooms.
Families are well catered for in the city with Clarence Pier and its fair and the Blue Reef Aquarium. There's also Canoe Lake on the seafront which offers sports facilities, adventure playground and a boating lake, as well as lots of swans.
No trip to the seaside is complete without fish and chips and there are a number of places where you can partake in this most British of dinners. But for those who are looking for something other than chips the city offers a wide range of pubs, bars and restaurants.
Old Portsmouth offers pubs and cafes all with an outlook onto the water so you can watch the boats sail by.
Albert Road, which also houses a range of independent shops, is a great place for those wanting to eat out in Portsmouth with lots of different cuisines to choose from including Brazilian, Indian, Spanish and British.
Driving out of the city you are within striking distance of a number of other locations across the south coast which offer great days out no matter what you are interested in.
The city is close to the Isle of Wight, which can be reached using the car ferry from Southampton or the foot passenger ferry from Portsmouth. The Isle of Wight offers a number of attractions and outdoor events including the world famous Cowes Week in August, a great event for those who like to be out on the water.
Back on the mainland there are a number of other cities close to Portsmouth which can be explored by car. With cities such as Brighton and Winchester a short drive from Portsmouth there's plenty to do outside the city too.
Brighton is a vibrant city on the south coast which offers a mix of seafront activities and lively events and offers lots of seafront activities as well as lively nightlife and the yearly Pride event.
Chichester offers visitors a mix of history and shopping with a range of boutique shops, restaurants and historic sites, as well as being close to Goodwood famous for horse racing and the annual Festival of Speed and The Goodwood Revival.
The South Downs are also close to Portsmouth and are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you want to go walking or cycling or take a horse ride across the rolling hills, the scenery of the South Downs are sure to offer the perfect escape from everyday life.