Portsmouth owes its importance to the beautiful natural harbor, which since the days of the Spanish Armada, served as the main base for the Royal Navy. Today, His naval base of Her Majesty, Portsmouth remains the most important naval station in Britain.
1 HMS Victory
A short distance north of the ferry to the Isle of Wight, visitors can find the gateway to the old docks and the famous lighthouse site Lord Nelson. Built in 1765, the magnificent HMS Victory 197 feet long – with five bridges and 104 guns – has been beautifully restored to its former glory. In his hour of victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, barely 20 minutes after he entered the French lines, Nelson was mortally wounded and died aboard the legendary ship.
Thereafter, visit the Royal Naval Museum, where you’ll find many memories of Nelson and sailors in the 18th century, including a panoramic painting beautiful 46 foot by William Lionel Wyllie recording during the battle.
2 Mary Rose Museum
The famous Mary Rose, part of the fleet of Henry VIII, is a ship of great historical interest. This ship four platform with its 91 bronze cannon was built in 1509 and expanded to 700 tonnes in 1536. In 1545, during a naval battle against the French, he sank only a mile and a quarter its port in the Solent.
Raised bottom of the Solent in 1982, the remains of the ship, consisting largely of the sections of the hull, are now on display at the Mary Rose Museum. In addition to seeing the great hull (now dry and preserved) by, visitors can spend time exploring displays of some of the more than 26,000 rare items discovered in the wreckage, including personal items belonging to the crew, as well as music instruments and tools.
3 HMS Warrior
In June 1987, after eight years of restoration work in Hartlepool, HMS Warrior finally returned to its home port of Portsmouth. Launched in 1860 and one of the first ships of war, 418 feet long, 9,700 ton ship iron hulled world rated as one of the largest and best equipped ships of this type. Now a floating museum, HMS Warrior is a delight to explore. Highlights Highlights include a visit to see the restored crew quarters, including the master and officers zones and screens depicting the often difficult life at sea.
4 Spinnaker Tower
Soaring nearly 560 feet above the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is a highlight of any visit to Portsmouth. Located on the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays, this attraction offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city and its spectacular harbor and the south coast and the Isle of Wight.
A clear day, up to 23 miles of three bridges observation tower, as well as coffee, aptly named Coffee in the clouds. Once you’ve braved the glass floored Sky Walk, learning to spend time in the region using the interactive touch screen system.
5 Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Just across Portsmouth water in Gosport is the submarine Museum of the Royal Navy. Highlights include the first submarine Britain, Holland I, launched in 1901 with HMS Alliance, launched just after the end of World War II. Other notable exhibits include a WWII era German mini-submarine, an Italian human torpedo, as well as weapons and many other fascinating interactive exhibits on the life underwater in a submarine.