Gunwharf Quays, another reason which made Portsmouth the destination of choice owing to nearly a hundred outlet stores selling top of the line goods at factory price.
Situated on the south coast of England, Portsmouth as the name imply is a port city located within Portsea Island. Rich with history this port city played a vital part and saw the launch of British naval fleet in the early years of wooden sailing ships when the British Empire was just expanding to the turn of the century when progress in technology saw the domination of state of the art aircraft carriers where some of the largest warships of the Royal Navy like the HMS Queen Elizabeth had been built and anchored.
Taking the train to Portsmouth Harbour will allow one a view of HMS Warrior (picture above) upon getting out of the station as if you had been brought back in time of ironclad sailing ships with cannons on the side. The ship has been berthed on the harbour serving as a museum ship.
If you happen to reach the city by train through Portsmouth and Southsea station, chances are you are likely to go your way by the direction of Portsmouth Guildhall where a statue of Charles Dickens could be seen on the left side of the building’s entrance.
A native of Portsmouth, Charles Dickens was hailed as one of the greatest English writers of all time. His prominence as a novelist gained recognition in the Victorian era with lingering influence to British literature. A hero of his hometown nonetheless, the statue above was inaugurated on what would have been his 202nd birthday, 7th February 2014. The ironic twist to the story was that Charles Dickens left a dying wish that no memorial (such as a statue) should be made after his death.