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Things to do: museums, sightseeing, historic sites
Portsmouth is the second largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Located mainly on Portsea Island, it is the United Kingdom's only island city. Portsmouth is south west of London and south east of Southampton. The city has a population of 205,400 and is the only city in the United Kingdom with a greater population density than London. The City of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club are both nicknamed "Pompey".As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world's oldest continuously used dry dock and is home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory (the world's oldest naval ship still in commission). Although smaller than in its heyday, the naval base remains the major dockyard of the Royal Navy being home to two-thirds of the entire surface fleet. For this reason, Portsmouth was, by the 19th century, one of the most fortified cities in the world. As well as the naval base there is also a commercial cruise ship and ferry port serving destinations on the continent for freight and passenger traffic. The waterfront area is dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, a 170m landmark located in the former Vernon naval shore establishment, since redeveloped as an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars known as Gunwharf Quays.
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From top-quality luxury brands to boutique hotels and cozy B&Bs, lodging in Portsmouth is available to suit most travelers' needs and tastes.  To have easy access to the city major routes and main attractions, consider booking your rooms near Portsmouth's historical naval dockyard. Hotels in this area offer stylish rooms, excellent food, ample parking, and a wide range of recreational facilities, including spas, pools, and fitness centers. A range of trendy shops and restaurants are within walking distance, as are the ferry terminals to France and the Channel Islands.
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