Portsmouth has a maritime
history that goes back to the heady days of
crusading Richard the Lionheart and his
brother, King John.
It was the latter who created a naval base that is still headquarters of the modern Royal Navy.
It boasts the world's oldest
dry dock still in use and plays host to famous
ships such as Nelson’s HMS Victory, the 16th
century Mary Rose - found on the seabed in the
1970s – and the pioneering HMS Warrior, the
world’s first armoured warship made from
wrought iron and powered by both sail and
The Spinnaker Tower is a recent addition to the city's skyline.
It can be found in the recently redeveloped area known as Gunwharf Quays.