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  • 1 HMS Victory Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    HM Naval Base PP66

    Lord Nelson's flagship which led many victorious battles, including Trafalgar (1805) where the Admiral lost his life. In the 1920s, the Victory was brought into dry dock after 150 years of loyal service at sea and continues to serve as the flagship o..

  • 2 The Mary Rose Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Main

    On 19 July 1545, the 4-masted Mary Rose (built 1509); vice flagship of the English fleet, keeled over and sank while preparing to meet a French attack. The wreck was found in the 1960s, preserved in the Solent silt; a film shows the salvage operation..

  • 3 Royal Naval Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Eastney

    The museum stands alongside HMS Victory and the Mary Rose in the heart of the historic naval dockyard and is devoted to the history of the Royal Navy. From the windows can be seen the buildings of the Royal Navy which still defends the coasts of Grea..

  • 4 Royal Marines Museum Interesting

    Museums and art


    Set in the original officers' mess near Portsmouth, this imaginative display describes the creation, history and modern-day work of the Royal Marine Corps. An audiovisual presentation gives an insight into the Marines' role in the Battles of Zeebrugg..

  • 5 Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. High

    Originally built as a chapel dedicated to Thomas Becket (1180). Only the Early English choir and transept survived the Civil War; in around 1690, the nave and tower were rebuilt and the attractive octagonal dome - a landmark from the sea - was added ..

  • 6 Southsea Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Clarence Esplanade

    At the southernmost tip of the island stands the castle, built by Henry VII in 1544-1545 as part of the chain of forts protecting the ports along the south and east coast. The central keep, surrounded by a dry moat, is mainly Tudor. Inside is an exhi..

  • 7 Royal Armouries Museum of Artillery

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Portsdown Hill

    Fort Nelson, a superbly restored Victorian fort, is one of a chain built to defend Portsmouth from French invasion. There are sweeping views from the fort walls. Together with recreated barracks, the Royal Armouries Museum of Artillery presents an im..

  • 8 HMS Warrior 1860

    Museums and art

    Victory Gate, H.M Navel Base

    Once the pride of Queen Victoria's navy, Britains first iron-clad battleship was commissioned in the 1860s. After 100 years of use for various purposes, she has now been superbly restored. HMS Warrior is now a lively museum with every facet of navy l..

  • 9 Harbour Ramparts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Broad

    The original town, which grew up around the Camber, was once entirely enclosed by ramparts; today only those on the harbour side are complete, forming a pleasant promenade with views of Gosport and Spithead. At the end of Broad Street, there is a fin..

  • 10 Royal Garrison Church

    Religious buildings

    st. Penny

    The Royal Garrison Church was the chapel of a hospital founded c 1212, demolished in 1827. The church was bombed in 1941and today only the beautiful Early English chancel with leafy bosses and capitals still has a roof.

  • 11 City Museum and Art gallery

    Museums and art

    rd. Museum

    The displays are devoted to local history and arts from the 17 to the 20C.

  • 12 Southsea

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Clarence Parade

    The strip of land to the south of Portsea island was rough marshland until the 19C when an elegant suburb of Portsmouth and a coastal resort began to grow and the Common became an amusement area.

  • 13 D-Day Museum

    Museums and art

    Clarence Esplanade

    The D-Day Museum near the castle illustrates the major events of the Second World War. The centrepiece is the Overlord Embroidery, composed of 34 panels, relating the story of the D-Day landings.

  • 14 Charles Dickens' Birthplace

    Museums and art

    393 rd. Old Commercial

    Charles Dickens was born in a small terraced house in 1812 where he spent his childhood. The house has been restored and furnished in the style of the period. Across the landing from the bedroom, a small exhibition includes the green velvet sofa on w..

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