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Portsmouth, UK (Photo: stocker1970/Shutterstock)
Portsmouth, UK (Photo: stocker1970/Shutterstock)

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Portsmouth (England)

Portsmouth -- a maritime city and the birthplace of author Charles Dickens -- is located on England's south coast and has a rich naval history. Though it remains a working port, Portsmouth boasts lots of attractions and accommodations for cruise tourists to enjoy, including museums, galleries, live music venues, restaurants and bars.

History buffs should be sure to visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Southsea Castle. Casual vacationers might opt for a boat tour or a relaxing stroll along the picturesque Southsea Common, the city's 100-acre waterfront park. For impeccable views, head to the top of Emirates Spinnaker Tower -- it's taller than Big Ben and the London Eye and offers panoramic views.

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About Portsmouth (England)


Portsmouth maintains a distinctly maritime feel thanks to its rich naval history.


There may be crowds to contend with if you’re in town during one of the special events often hosted at Southsea Common.

Bottom Line

Portsmouth is a modern and accommodating city that cruise buffs are sure to admire.

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