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HMS Victory in Harbour. Geograph.org.uk
HMS Victory in Harbour. Geograph.org.uk
Fountain at Portsmouth. Geograph.org.uk
Fountain at Portsmouth. Geograph.org.uk
Local Haunts Bus Tour in Portsmouth UK
Local Haunts Bus Tour in Portsmouth UK
Spice Island, Portsmouth. Geograph.org.uk
Spice Island, Portsmouth. Geograph.org.uk
Spinnaker Tower at Harbour. Geograph.org.uk
Spinnaker Tower at Harbour. Geograph.org.uk
The British Queen Pub. Photo Basher Eyre
The British Queen Pub. Photo Basher Eyre
Streetscape of Portsmouth. Geograph.org.uk
Streetscape of Portsmouth. Geograph.org.uk
Portsmouth Harbour Cruise. Geograph.org.uk
Portsmouth Harbour Cruise. Geograph.org.uk

Portsmouth Information

Portsmouth, the harbour town of southern England, situated in the picturesque county of Hampshire, is unique for an English town. Based predominantly on Portsea Island where the Solent joins the English Channel, it is the only Island City in the country.

In 1787, it was the staging post for what is now known as the First Fleet here in Australia when eleven ships set sail in the first European settlement of Australia. It also heralded the transfer of various criminal elements to the newly found penal colony.

Portsmouth has a long history of association with the Royal Navy, from 1805 when Nelson left the port to command the fleet that would defeat the Franco-Spanish fleet at the battle of Trafalgar to modern day where almost 10% of the population are employed at the Naval Dockyard. In fact, Defence is the largest industry in the island city.

The tie up with all things naval has spurned an array of museums and landmarks dedicated to sea faring history with naval and defence logistics and history. The remains of King Henry VIII’s flagship ‘The Mary Rose’, rests in the World’s oldest working dry dock a Portsmouth as do the naval vessels, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior.

But Portsmouth is still a seaside city filled with all the trappings that the discerning traveller looks for. The expanding shopping areas with Bars, Cafes, Restaurants and those curio shops that litter all seaside towns and seem to attract holiday makers.

The two biggest tourist attractions in Portsmouth have to be the 552 foot Spinnaker, at Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth Harbour itself. This deep sheltered bay still bustles with naval and defence forces and is still a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and the Marines.

Nightlife in Portsmouth is still vibrant, the difference between its bars and clubs and others from inland cities is the defence force personnel that frequent the watering holes.

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Fishing with View to Spinnaker Tower and Gunwarf Quay. Geograph.org.uk
Fishing with View to Spinnaker Tower and Gunwarf Quay. Geograph.org.uk
View of Portsmouth From Spinnaker Tower. Photo by eNil flickr.com
View of Portsmouth From Spinnaker Tower. Photo by eNil flickr.com