For centuries Portsmouth has been Britain 's principal naval port, due largely to its natural and easily protected harbour. Henry VII made it a Royal Dockyard, and it has flourished ever since. Today commercial ships, ferries, fishing boats, and pleasure craft, all vie for space alongside the battle grey ships of the Royal Navy. In the historic dockyard you can visit Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, which helped beat of the Spanish Armada, and the remains of the Tudor warship ‘Mary Rose' which was lifted from the seabed in the 1980's. More modern history is represented at nearby Southsea Castle, which houses an impressive museum remembering the D-Day invasion during World War Two, much of which left from this coastline.
Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum
Portsmouth is very proud of their famous son Charles Dickens, Britain’s most famous author. This museum is dedicated to his life and works. (023 9282 7261)
This majestic steam vessel ruled the seas in Queen Victoria’s days. It now can be viewed at the military docks in Portsmouth. (02392 778 600)
Natural History Museum
This museum is dedicated to the amazing wildlife in the area, from land, sea and sky.
Located on Eastern Parade. (02392 827 261)
This park dedicated to Queen Victoria, it covers 15 acres of walking paths, garden beds as peaceful surrounds.