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Portsmouth Town Information

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Warships in Portsmouth Photo © Basher Eyre
Warships in Portsmouth - Photo: Basher Eyre CCL

  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 steam.

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.

The Spinnaker Tower Photo © Hugh Chevallier
The Spinnaker Tower -
Photo: Hugh Chevallier CCL