Portsmouth Centre Portsmouth has been home to the Royal Navy for over five hundred years. The historic dockyard contains Nelson's flagship HMS Victory alongside HMS Warrior, the first iron clad battleship. The Royal Naval Museum has the remains of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose, which was raised from the seabed in 1982. It was also in Portsmouth that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the world renowned detective "Sherlock Holmes". Portsmouth is also host to the continental Ferry Port. No visit to Southern England is complete without a fun day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Southsea Castle Southsea Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1544 and 1545 to protect Portsmouth against possible French invasion. Its revolutionary design provided for the most efficient use of guns in attack or defence now that artillery dominated warfare. In the early 19th century, the castle was substantially altered to accommodate extra guns and a larger garrison of 200 men. The most significant addition of this period was an underground tunnel around the moat, which you can still enter. The castle was only withdrawn from active service in 1960. In our amazing Time Tunnel the Ghost of the Castle's first master gunner guides you through the most dramatic scenes from the castle's eventful history.
Stokes Bay has a lovely promenade with a cafe, Pebbles Fish &Wine bar and Stokes Bay Sailing Club and with constantly changing views of the Isle of Wight and the maritime traffic using the Solent there is always something new to see and enjoy.
The beach is suitable for recreation, with people enjoying swimming, sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, canoeing and waterskiing throughout the year.
If you take a gentle walk along the bay you will discover many interesting historic places including Fort Gilkicker, a Victorian fort constructed to defend Stokes Bay and several historical houses. Windbrake House has its own place in Stokes Bay’s history. It was commandeered by the MOD and was designated as part of “HMS Porcupine”during the Second World War. It was from Windbrake House that the MOD orchestrating the construction and transportation of the ‘Mulberry’Harbours from Stokes Bay during the D-Day landings.
Gosport town centre and its ferry terminus is less than 2 miles away, with ferries running every few minutes into Portsmouth www.gosportferry.co.uk.
Other attractions in Gosport include the popular markets held every Tuesday and Saturday. Museums include the Royal Navy Submarine museum, the museum of navel warfare Explosion! and the Hovercraft museum .
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out. You can visit The Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Action Stations, the Royal Navy Museum and take a Harbour Boat Tour.
Love shopping? Then pop over to Gunwharf Quays, a retail shopping outlet with a great range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities including a 14 screen cinema, a Bowling complex, a comedy club and night club. And while you are there, don’t forget to go up the Spinnaker Tower and enjoy the breathtaking views of the South Coast.
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