PORTSMOUTH

The home of the Royal Navy since Henry VIII, Portsmouth is the centre of the maritime and military history of the south coast and has a host of famous places to visit and people to learn about.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard houses some of the city's principal attractions, including Mary Rose, the Tudor navy's flagship; HMS Victory, of Nelson and Trafalgar fame; HMS Warrior, the first ironclad warship. Alongside these wonderful relics of the past are the Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations, for the young, and cruises around Portsmouth Harbour. Visits and tickets can be arranged for you by The Brookfield Hotel.

The Royal Marine Museum, the Submarine Museum, and the Royal Armouries all contain extensive collections outlining the history of their subjects and the people who contributed, while the D-Day Museum contains the wonderful D-Day embroidery commissioned to commemorate that momentous achievement.

Other wonderful places to visit include Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum and Portsmouth City Museum with its recent acquisitions relating to Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. The Spinnaker Tower is a landmark feature that gives stunning views of the city and across The Solent to the Isle of Wight and beyond.

Gunwharf Quays is the ideal place for those who want to "shop 'til they drop" with food and entertainment at hand. 85 designer outlets covering fashion, accessories, footwear, books and music, combined with 20 bars and restaurants, a 14 screen cinema, nightclubs and Jonglers comedy spot make this the ideal consumer destination.

Useful Links

Royal Marine Museum - http://www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk/
Submarine Museum - http://www.submarine-museum.co.uk/
Royal Armouries - http://www.royalarmouries.org/
D-Day Museum - http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/
Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum - http://www.charlesdickensbirthplace.co.uk/
Portsmouth City Museum - http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk/
The Spinnaker Tower - http://www.spinnakertower.co.uk/
Gunwharf Quays - http://www.gunwharf-quays.com/
Portsmouth Tourism - http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/