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Weekend Breaks to Portsmouth

Planning a short break to Portsmouth? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Portsmouth. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Portsmouth. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Royal Naval Museum

Your first stop in Portsmouth as a visitor should be the Historic Dockyard to view a treasure of English Naval History in the very town, where most of it was made.

Plenty to see here and a day probably will not be enough, but you can purchase a ticket for about 15 pounds that is valid for a year. The museum is housed between the 3 famous ships in the complex and takes you back to the times that Britain ruled the waves.

For more information visit - www.portsmouthtourism.co.uk

HMS Victory, Warrior and the Mary Rose

The glorious wartime ships stand side by side in the dockyard and are the major attractions. Lord Nelson would have been proud to see his victorious flagship so well preserved, tours include his cabin, galley and place where he breathed his last. The Warrior has been preserved as a four deck museum and the Mary Rose is the oldest of the 3 having sunk in 1545 and her hull recovered in 1982. Lots to see, do and learn!

For info go to www.flagship.org.uk

Action Stations

This attraction is also at the dockyard and is a fascinating look at the day to day activities of a Naval recruit. The film "Command Approved" is a huge screen adventure of a eventful day on a navy frigate. You ca then test your naval skills in a series of games. The highlight must be the simulated white knuckle ride in war boat.

More information www.historicdockyard.co.uk

Gunwharf Quays

At the harbour you will find this fantastic centre that features over 70 designer boutiques, grab a meal at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops, see the latest blockbuster at the cinema complex, test your bowling skills at the 26 lane Bowlplex or go night clubbing. All within a landscaped historic area.

Just a short walk from the dockyard and town, check it all out at; www.gunwharf-quays.com

Ibis Hotel

Winston Churchill Ave, Situated in the heart of the town just a stroll to Gunwharf Quays, The Dockyard and the Seafront at Southsea. The rooms are comfortable and all have TV, phone and Tea/Coffee making facilities. They do a self service breakfast and have a good restaurant for your evening meal.

Visit www.theaa.com/hotels

The Sally Port Inn

High Street, Old Portsmouth, Walk to the end of the high street and you will see the inn opposite the Cathedral. Named after the sea wall here that has witnessed many famous captains pass.The Inn offers accommodation as well as a bar serving real ale and an a-la-carte restaurant that serves a good selection of home cooked English favourites. Always a good atmosphere here.

See www.tellithowitis.com/portsmouth

Southsea Seafront

A splendid walk that one can start in Portsmouth the 6km to Southsea along the Victorian Promenade. With the shingle beach on one side and the beautifully landscaped gardens and greenery on the other. Taking in the sea air will bring you past the Aquarium, South Parade Pier, The Castle, Museums and the funfair, you'll sleep much better!

Please see www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/attraction

International Festival of the Sea

Held in the historic dockyard and celebrates the sea and all it offers us. This takes place in early July after the Fleet Review and features many of the ships and boats involved. Go on board, chat to the crews, enjoy the displays, be entertained by musicians, artists and tales of the high seas. This is all to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalger in 2005.

For details visit www.festivalofthesea.co.uk

Charles Dickens' Birthplace

393 Old Commercial Rd, Charles Dickens was born in this house in 1812 and is now a museum housing some Dickens memrobilia like the coach where he died and a lock of hair, but the house has been restored and furnished and gives one an idea of middle class life 200 years ago.

For information go to www.charlesdickensbirthplace.co.uk

Ha!Ha! Bar and Canteen

Located in the ideal position at the waterfront of Gunwharf Quays, the revamped harbour entertainment complex. Large outside area is used on sunny days where you can relax and watch a small section of the world pass by.

A good selection of beverages(Including cocktails) and a fine menu for a daytime snack or romantic evening meal.

For info go to www.hahaonline.co.uk

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Isle of Wight - Local Interest

Take the ferry or fastcat over to the Isle of Wight, it has many attractions be it historical "Carisbrooke Castle" near Newport or any of the many beaches that surround this beautiful island, the climate is temperate with the south side of the island enjoying warm and sunny days right through the summer, Ventnor in particular is a lovely place to while away the time.

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