Must See Attractions in Portsmouth29th March 2017
There is much to do in the historic harbour city of Portsmouth. Fantastic restaurants, thrifty marketplaces, boutique shopping and sightseeing, but what are the attractions that make Portsmouth one of a kind? We have many suggestions for you. From land to sea and back again, here are our top picks to get as much as possible from your visit to the city No Stress Charters calls home.
Hundreds of interesting boats and ships are moored in and around Portsmouth, and some of them are old enough to have been built three centuries ago! From the battle of Trafalgar, through to World War Two, every period of nautical history is covered by the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We even house the Mary Rose, preserved in state at The Mary Rose Museum, where she is kept under controlled atmospheric conditions, so her 507 year old hull can be enjoyed by many generations to come. Other highlights include; Lord Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory; HMS Warrior, the first armour plated warship; and HMS M.33, the only ship to survive the 1915 Dardanelles campaign.
Do you have a head for heights? If so, Spinnaker Tower is the perfect way to see the entire city all at once. The tower was completed in 2005 and the viewing platform stands at 160 metres high. Once you have taken the lift to the top, or braved the 570 steps of the triangular staircase, you can enjoy panoramic views of the region, and feel the rush of standing on the glass floor of the first deck, high above the harbour below.
Spinnaker Tower is equally interesting to view from the sea, standing 170 metres high in total. Our Princess V45 yacht is moored across the harbour in Haslar marina, where your chartered yacht journey can begin. Get a unique perspective of Spinnaker Tower and the Portsmouth harbour when you book with No Stress Charters.
Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum
Literature lovers will not be able to resist taking a wander around the birthplace of the greatest author of the 19th century, Charles Dickens. The mind that dreamt up Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations was born on the Portsea Island in 1812. From March till October, you are free to walk the house and inspect Dickens’ snuff box, inkwell and paper knife: three items that are guaranteed to have contributed the great author’s works. For added value, visit on a first Sunday of the month to hear members of the Dickens Fellowship read from a selection of Dickens’ works, as this is included in the price of admission.
Portsmouth’s defining feature is its strong ties with British seafaring tradition, so it would be remiss to spend all your time in the city. Organisations like the Royal Naval Sailing Association (RNSA) hold events and races for you to spectate throughout the year. Rather than get a poor view on land, this is a fantastic opportunity to take to the sea and watch the race in the midst of the action. If you are wanting a more relaxed pace, regattas, cruises and reenactments are planned in Cowes and Yarmouth (Isle of Wight), and all along the Solent.
So much to do
Portsmouth is a city we are proud to sail from. Our history is rich but we do not rest on our laurels. The city hosted races for the America’s Cup World Series in 2015 and 2016, and the annual Victorious Festival means an exciting day out is waiting to be had, whether on land or sea. Naturally, we think the city’s strongest assets are its seafaring, seafood, and sea life. The only way to find out for yourself is by visiting. Let us know what you think!
No Stress Charters provide chartered yacht hire in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, with comprehensive service aboard a luxurious Princess V45 yacht. A skipper and mate will attend to your needs as you cruise the seas in style with onboard kitchen and dining area, dual sleeping compartments and entertainment system. Although, we know it is the sailing you will be interested in! In which case, get double the excitement and launch our onboard Williams jet RIB boat for an added thrill. For more information about our services, get in touch today!This entry was posted in Isle of Wight sailing, Portsmouth tourism, Yachting. Bookmark the permalink. ← Make the Most Out of Your Luxury Yacht Charter Unique Wildlife on the Isle of Wight →