by Adam Goodwin | 2013
First, an explanation on how to properly pronounce Portsmouth. No, it is no ‘ports’ ‘mouth.’ It is better pronounced as ‘port’ ‘smith.’
Portsmouth is a city of over 1,000,000 residents living mostly on a small island. For years, Portsmouth was an important naval station for the British government. It is now home to many retired and famous English naval ships. With a naval base still in full operations, seeing sailors walking around the city in uniform is not uncommon.
Some quick recommendations for places to visit and experience the history, first-hand:
- Naval Station;
- Historic Dockyard;
- Old Portsmouth;
- Spinnaker Tower; and
- Royal Naval Museum.
This is a small list. There are many more wonderful and great things to see and do.
One can spend many days in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyards. The HMS Victory is stored in the dockyard, along with the HMS Warrior. One of the most famous naval ship recoveries, the Mary Rose, has just been re-opened to the public. It laid at the bottom of the Portsmouth harbour for over 400 years. It is a masterpiece and jaw-dropping to see the science and over 20 years of work that has gone into recovering the ship from the sea’s bottom, and re-building the ship in the Mary Rose museum.
You can easily spend one or two full days wandering and learning about some of Britain’s amazing history.
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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.