Portsmouth has played an important part in this country’s heritage. It has been the home of the Royal Navy for 500 years, the city had a key role in preparing for the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944, and its history arguably stretches as far back as the Roman times. But modern Portsmouth also has much to offer to the contemporary visitor, be they a tourist, resident or business owner. And, over the past 14 years that I have lived here, the concept of a great waterfront city has successfully emerged to balance this rich naval heritage. Spending a weekend in Portsmouth, it is possible to combine countryside (with the South Downs so close by), coast and city living remarkably well: it’s a compact area that’s easy to get around.
These are my choices as to how to spend 48 hours in the city.