Portsmouth, famous for its naval heritage, literary history and excellent shopping facilities, is the only island city in the UK. It can be found on the southeast coast of England on Portsea Island and is particularly favored by historians and boat lovers.
Its historical dockyard is home to some of the world's most historical warships, and its modern landmarks stand in great contrast to the history of the area. Home to many famous writers, Portsmouth is packed with museums, some of which are dedicated to these literary icons. The city also makes for a great family destination, as it houses plenty of attractions that cater to all age groups and hundreds of restaurants that will please any palate.
This sunny city rarely gets colder than freezing, making it a year-round tourist hot spot, although summers tend to be the busiest time. Most visitors tour Portsmouth by public bus or on foot, but a quick ferry ride will take them to Gosport and the Submarine Museum.
Portsmouth is a borough of southern England on the English Channel opposite the Isle of Wight. It is located in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Portsmouth is the United Kingdom's only island city and is located on Portsea Island. The city is home to FA Premier League football team, Portsmouth Football Club, who play their home games at Fratton Park. It is advisable to book a hotel in advance if there is a big match scheduled at that time. The Portsmouth Football Club and the city itself are nicknamed "Pompey".
Most of Portsmouth's tourist attractions are related to its naval history. Among the attractions are the D-Day museum, HMS Victory, the remains of Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose which was raised from the seabed in 1982), HMS Warrior which is Britain's first iron-clad steamship, and the Royal Naval Museum. Several of Portsmouth's Victorian era forts on Portsdown Hill are now tourist attractions.
The 552 ft Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays was built in 2005, and has viewing decks on multiple floors.Â Other tourist attractions include the birthplace of Charles Dickens, the Blue Reef Aquarium, Cumberland House, The Royal Marines Museum and Southsea Castle. Southsea's seafront is home to Clarence Pier Amusement Park. There is series of diverse concerts at Portsmouthâs Bandstand in Southsea Common.
Staff's pick: The Marriott Portsmouth. This is one of the best hotels in Portsmouth, with the quality and value to be expected from the Marriott hotel chain. The hotel is well designed with guest comfort in mind and the location is convenient. The hotel bar, restaurant, and lounge are excellent.