PORTSMOUTH CITY GUIDE
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Portsmouth is proud of it's long maritime history as home to the Royal Navy and has a world class collection of historic ships
including HMS Victory, Mary Rose, and HMS Warrior, but the city has much more to offer.
Portsmouth and Southsea has excellent shopping destinations such as Gunwharf Quays and Port Solent, a buzzing arts and cultural scene along with a plentiful
selection of restaurants, bars and pubs.
Add to this excellent museums such as the D-Day Museum, the Royal Marines Museum and Southsea's seafront, the Spinnaker Tower,
events and open spaces and you will be spoilt for choice.
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PORTSMOUTH FACTS - DID YOU KNOW?
- Portsmouth is the birthplace of the author Charles Dickens, pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and comedian Peter Sellers, read more at our Hall of Fame.
- Portsmouth is the UK's only Island City.
- The town was granted it's first charter in 1194 by Richard I.
- Portsmouth International Port is one of the busiest in the UK carrying around 2.2
million passengers a year.
- The city's commercial port is one of the largest fruit handling ports in the UK, landing fruit from Central and South America, Morocco, South Africa, New Zealand
and the Mediterranean, 65% of bananas eaten in Britain pass through the Port!
- The area has featured in numerous films and TV programmes such as Tomorrow Never Dies (James Bond), Oscar and Lucinda, Making
Waves, Silent Witness, Mr Bean and Eastenders. The area was used extensively in the filming
of Tommy, The Who's Rock Opera and Les miserables.
- Portsmouth Football Club has held the FA Cup for the longest period of any winner 1939 - 1945