PORTSMOUTH - THE GREAT WATERFRONT CITY
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Portsmouth is proud of it's long maritime history as home to the Royal Navy and has a world class collection of historic ships including,
- HMS Victory Nelson's iconic flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar
- Mary Rose Henry VIII's Tudor warship
- HMS Warrior the worlds first iron hulled armoured ship
but the city has so much more to offer than just history.
Portsmouth and Southsea has excellent shopping destinations such as Gunwharf Quays
and Port Solent,
a buzzing arts and cultural scene along with a plentiful selection of restaurants, bars and pubs.
Add to this excellent museums such as the D-Day Museum, the Royal Marines Museum and Southsea's seafront, the Spinnaker Tower, events and open spaces and you will be spoilt for choice.
The Ben Ainslie Racing team are currently building a new headquarters building in Old Portsmouth for their Americas Cup challenge, read about the project here.
- Portsmouth is the UK's only island City.
- The City is the birthplace of the author Charles Dickens, engineering pioneer Isambard Kingdom Brunel as well as comedian and actor Peter Sellers, read more about famous Portsmouth people at our Hall of Fame.
- The town was granted it's first charter in 1194 by King Richard I.
- Portsmouth International Port is one of the busiest in the UK carrying around 2.2 million passengers a year.
- The commercial port is one of the largest fruit handling ports in the UK, landing fruit from Central and South America, Morocco, South Africa, New Zealand and the Mediterranean, 65% of bananas eaten in Britain pass through the Port!
- The area has featured in numerous films and TV programmes such as Tomorrow Never Dies (James Bond), Les miserables, Oscar and Lucinda, Making Waves, Silent Witness, Mr Bean and Eastenders. The area was used extensively in the filming of Tommy, The Who's Rock Opera
- Portsmouth Football Club has held the FA Cup for the longest period of any winner 1939 - 1945
Portsmouth and Southsea host many large scale events throughout the year, here are just a few. You can find a full listing of Portsmouth and Southsea events here.