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Despite being included in the surrounding area of Southampton, Portsmouth has many unique things to offer. It is England’s only island city and much of its appeal is due to the relationship with the sea.
If you are looking to indulge your thespian side or have a flare for the dramatic, look no further than Portsmouth. There are a few theaters you can experience live theater including the Kings Theatre, New Theatre Royal and the Groundlings Theatre. With a wide range of shows, including ballet, drama, music, comedy, murder mystery and dinner theatre, you cannot go wrong no matter what you choose to watch.
Explore the two towers Portsmouth has to offer, both the round and the square tower. Both date back to the 15th century and they were built to help defend the port from being attacked. While the public cannot access the square tower, the round tower is a prominent place for the Portsmouth music scene, Hotwalls Studios is home to some of the up and coming artists on the scene.
For the literature lovers, take a tour of Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum. While many other beloved authors have spent time in Portsmouth, explore the place where Dickens’ spent the beginning of his life. You can peek into the lives of the past with full displays as well as some of Dickens’ own personal items. One Sunday a month, members of the Dickens Fellowship will read readings of excerpts from Dickens’ aloud. Hearing the author’s words in the town he was raised can give a magical feeling to those inspired by him. Guided tours are given around the city so you can see not only where Dickens lived but also where other prominent authors lived, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he created the beloved Sherlock Holmes. Learn about how the city influenced some of the greatest British writers, perhaps to get your creative juices flowing to create the next big literary sensation.
Learn about the storming of Normandy, or D-Day, by visiting the D-Day Museum and Overload Embroidery. The embroidery is the highlight of the museum as it shows the progression of war and specifically how the battle for Normandy took place. They were based on real war photos, so they have a high level of authenticity in terms of what was happening on the ground during the battle. Turning photos into tapestry is done through “picking and pouncing” which dates back to the Tudor times. Exhibits showcase the effects of war on only on the British people but all over the world. A quick drive with your rental car Portsmouth allows this experience.
Only 70 miles northwest is the lively London and getting there is easy with a rental car Portsmouth. Drive here to visit the historical and cultural city of London. With so much to do, see and experience, having a rental car allows you to select what interests you the most. Explore the city from a boat on a river cruise, or see the skyline from above by taking a ride on the London Eye. Don’t miss out on the opportunities this culturally icon city has to offer by missing your train-- book a rental car today.
It is a quick drive to Southampton, only 19 miles, to discover another city with a rich history and connection to the sea. Learn about the international cruise history, both the triumphs and tragedies, which helped put Southampton on the map. Learn about the other connect to the air, with the creation of the Spitfire plane in this city.