University of Portsmouth

About Portsmouth, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Portsmouth, Hampshire, England)

Portsmouth is located in the county of Hampshire on the southern coast of England. It has a population of about 189,000 people within the city proper and an estimated 442,252 residents within its boundaries. It is the 11th largest urban area in England and is an important naval port. The world's oldest dry dock still in use today can be found in Portsmouth. It remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy.

What to do in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a major commercial area that has grown a great number of shops in the last decade due to the boom in the local economy and improved transport links. There are many shopping areas to go to in Portsmouth, including the Ocean Retail Park located in the northeastern side of Portsea Island. Furniture, electrical appliances, and computers are commonly sold there. Visitors can also check out the Cascades Shopping Centre and the Commercial Road located near the Portsmouth and Southsea train station.

Sailing and rowing are also popular activities in the city. People can join the various sailing clubs in Southsea and the seafront near the Hovercraft Terminal.

Tourist Attractions

Most of the tourist attractions in Portsmouth are related to its naval history. One of the most popular tourist spots is Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard where the D-Day Museum that contains the Overlord embroidery, the remains of the Mary Rose retrieved from the sea bed, ships of the Royal Navy, the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior, and the Royal Naval Museum can be found.

A modern tourist attraction that visitors can check out is the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays, which is a millennium project completed in 2005. It is a 165-metre building with various viewing decks. The other places of interest in Portsmouth are the birthplace of Charles Dickens; Cumberland House, which is a natural history museum; the Blue Reef Aquarium; and Southsea Castle.

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