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The Landmarks of Portsmouth: Planning Your Visit The south coast of England is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK. Along the coast are many cities, each with their own vibrant cultures and colourful nightlife – and Portsmouth is no exception. The city of Portsmouth, locally nicknamed ‘Pompey’, is a stunning port city in Hampshire. Here we have put together a quick guide to some of the best areas to visit and landmarks to explore in the city: Emirates Spinnaker Tower Shaped like a sail as a nod to the city’s maritime history, Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre landmark in Portsmouth which opened in 2005. The tower was made a focal point of Portsmouth Harbour which was redesigned in a large renovation project put into place after the millennium. If you’re feeling brave, there are even opportunities to go abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower and to


walk across a glass floor which looks right down to the harbour below. Visitors, once they reach the top, can enjoy the views out across Portsmouth and further. Adult general admission costs £11.50 whilst children’s tickets cost £8.50. Round Tower Wanting to explore some of the historical buildings around Portsmouth? Round Tower is a fortification and Grade I listed building which sits at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Round Tower is one of the city’s oldest fortifications and is almost 600 years old. A trip to the top of the tower offers great views out over the city. Round Tower is open daily with admission free for all. Charles Dickens’ Birthplace A fair few eminent writers have at one point called Portsmouth home. A fan of the works of Charles Dickens? The city of Portsmouth is where the esteemed writer was born; fans of the author can now visit his birthplace which has been staged to look like it would have during his early years. The museum also has rooms dedicated to the author’s life along with a collection of the writer’s belongings. The museum is open daily from May to September from 10am to 5.30pm. Southsea Castle Another example of Portsmouth’s maritime history is Southsea Castle, originally commissioned for construction by Henry VIII in 1544. The castle was built as part of the king’s plans for if Britain were to be invaded by the French. By the 18 th century the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair until the Second World War. In 1960 the castle was sold to Portsmouth City Council and restored and opened to visitors. The castle is open daily from April to September from 10am to 5.30pm. Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury The cathedral, close to the harbour, dates as far back as the 12th century, although there are only a few remnants of the original structure remaining. The cathedral remains a working church and is a great example of the ‘classical style’ architecture from the 17th century. The cathedral is open daily from 9am to 5pm. One of the great benefits of visiting Portsmouth is there are so many things to do as well as so many affordable hotels to choose from. So, next time you’re visiting


England, why not head to the south coast and explore all that Portsmouth has to offer?

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The Landmarks of Portsmouth: A Travel Guide  

There are so many great things to see and do when in Portsmouth. Here we look at some of the best places to go and sights to see.

The Landmarks of Portsmouth: A Travel Guide  

There are so many great things to see and do when in Portsmouth. Here we look at some of the best places to go and sights to see.

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