By: Condor Ferries on 21/10/2013

The great waterfront city

With more than 800 years of naval history, Portsmouth’s world renowned Historic Dockyard is a must-see. Featuring the brand new Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, along with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours, this attraction offers a full day’s visit.


The iconic Spinnaker Tower is a must for visitors to Portsmouth. Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben!


Visit Gunwharf Quays and shop at over 90 designer outlets, eat at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and coffee shops, all on the water’s edge!


A walk along Portsmouth’s impressive waterfront is a real journey into the city’s past, follow the Millennium Promenade from Gunwharf Quays, through Old Portsmouth, taking in the Camber Dock, Round Tower and Square Tower.


Continue along the seafront to find miles of beaches, green spaces, impressive gardens and a range of activities. Attractions include the D-Day Museum - the only museum in the UK dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France and home to the impressive Overlord Embroidery. Other attractions along the seafront include Southsea Castle - built by Henry VIII, Blue Reef Aquarium and the Royal Marines Museum.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his famous character Sherlock Holmes whilst residing in Portsmouth and the city is now home to a large collection of Conan Doyle memorabilia. Portsmouth has miles of sea views and centuries of history. Located on the South Coast of England, Portsmouth is an island city, totally surrounded by water.


A selection of this is on display as ‘A Study in Sherlock’ exhibition at the Portsmouth Museum where you will also find a temporary exhibition this winter - Secret Egypt - unravelling truth from myth.


Portsmouth has a lively and diverse cultural scene. All year round there are city wide events and live entertainment - find live music, theatre and comedy in Portsmouth Guildhall, Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal along with smaller independent venues like the Cellars at Eastney and the Wedgewood Rooms. A wide range of independent eateries such as Pie and Vinyl, the Garage Lounge and Abarbistro sit alongside major chains at Gunwharf Quays such as Brasserie Blanc and Jamie’s Italian. Add to this a great mix of outlet, independent and vintage shopping, food and boutique markets, all within easy reach of each other and the ever impressive waterfront.


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