Portsmouth town guide
Portsmouth has been important in the history of the Royal Navy since early times. Richard I built the first naval dock here in 1194. In 1495 the first dry dock in the world was built here. Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, was retired here and even today she is the flagship of the Portsmouth Command. Also is the preserved hull of King Henry VIII's Mary Rose, and the first iron battleship ever- the HMS Warrior-built in 1860.
At the Royal Naval Museum witness the 800year history of the Royal Navy. The Harbour tour shows you the modern fleet and aircraft carriers when in port.
Other tours of the city can be done in open-top buses, or as walking tours. The national D-Day museum is based in Portsmouth as is the Royal Marines Museum and the Royal Armories.
Nearby Southsea has grown up as a resort to the east of Portsmouth with and aquarium, castle and four miles of seafront.
Ferry crossings by boat or Hovercraft take you to the Isle of Wight. A hire car will allow you to visit here or nearby New Forest at your leisure.