The Pleasantry of Portsmouth
Portsmouth is regularly heralded as the South Coasts most exciting city to its unique mix of maritime heritage, alluring attraction and famous literary associations due to it being the birthplace of revered English author Charles Dickens. The dynamic and vibrant waterfront city has continued to thrive in the modern day and the cosmopolitan culture of the area reflects this, so ensure you maximise your time in this waterfront wonderland.
Scale the Summit of the Spinnaker
Portsmouth's most prominent example of modern architecture is undoubtedly the Spinnaker Tower, a soaring structure of sweeping steel and glittering glass in the shape of a sail. Boasting the title of Britain's tallest tower outside of London, the tower pays homage to the city's maritime heritage and offers ascending visitors stunning city vistas from the 328ft high observation deck. Continue the maritime theme with a visit to iconic HMS Victory, the flagship that belonged to Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar. Wander the cramped decks to discover the intriguing history of the ship, stepping over the spot upon which Nelson died and admiring the cannonball pocked original topsail on display below deck. Proceed to unravel the intricate histroy of the city upon Nelson's Trail, a fascinating walk through the labyrinth like streets of Old Portsmouth, a historic area the admiral walked through before leaving the shores of England for the final time. The venerable buildings of bygone eras survived the violent bombings of World War Two so remail pristine for your viewing pleasure.
Break for lunch in the cosy surroundings of the Wellington, a truly traditional pub that serves real ales and English culinary classics such as home made pies and hearty broths before visiting one of Portsmouth's most treasured attractions. Portsmouth boasts the accolade of being the birthplace of one of the world's most renowned and celebrated authors, Charles Dickens. The palpable pride of locals in most prominent within the modest house on Old Commercial Road, in which the seminal author was born. The authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home has been preserved through the traditional furnishings and intriguing exhibitions housed within; exhibits include personal possessions and the couch upon which he spent his final hours. The museum also offers visitors guided walks of the surrounding area, providing you with an opportunity to discover the area in which Dickens and his family lived and worked. Additionally, every Sunday members of Dickens fellowship read special selections Dicken's best works.
Culinary Crackers beside the Cathedral
As the dusky daylight retreats, admire the majestic architecture and prismatic windows of the illuminated Portsmouth Cathedral. Transport your taste buds to the sun drenched streets of Spain with a visit to El Nico Restaurant which overlooks the cathedral from an enviable location in the heart of the historic quarter. Share a sizzling selection of small plates that include rich chorizo, garlic squid, spicy king prawns and sautéed aubergine, concluding your visit with a fruity glass of chilled sangria.