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Popular activities include a tour to see the naval ships, and harbour fortifications from the water.

Other attractions include Charles Dickens' birthplace, the D-Day Museum featuring the Overlord Embroidery, Southsea Castle, the Royal Marines Museum, and Portsmouth Cathedral.

Portsmouth has its own resort area - Southsea, offering four miles of beach and promenade including gardens and piers. You can take an undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium or splash around at the Pyramids with their fun pools, flumes and waves.

At the harbour entrance lies Gunwharf Quays; a world-class waterfront shopping and leisure development with a new 170 metre high viewing tower, the Spinnaker Tower which is due to be completed summer 2004.

If you want to shop then Portsmouth City Centre and Southsea offer an excellent selection of shops from high street names to independent retailers.

Things to see and do

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth

D-Day Museum, Southsea

Royal Marines Museum, Southsea

Southsea Castle

BlueReef Aquarium, Southsea

Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

Portsmouth Cathedral

City Museum, Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth