In recent years Portsmouth has undergone a major makeover and it is now a vibrant, modern waterfront city, but one that is still in touch with its rich naval and maritime history. Catch the incredible views from the top of the iconic Spinnaker Tower - you can test your nerve walking across the glass floor.
Portsmouth is inextricably linked with the Royal Navy and the fascinating Naval Dockyards tells the story of some of the UK's key maritime events. It's home to HMS Victory, which was Nelson's flagship, and there's the Mary Rose Museum telling the story of Henry VIII's warship. Tickets can be used over several days to tick off all the exhibits.
On the seafront the large expanse of Southsea Common is great for family picnics, kite flying and other active pursuits, and the Blue Reef Aquarium, the D-Day Museum and Clarence Pier Amusement Park can make the focal point of a day out on Portsmouth's seafront.
There are an awful lot of things to do with the kids in Portsmouth, and much of the activity is based around the waterfront with a huge range of designer-outlet shopping, bars and restaurants, a 14-screen cinema and a 26-lane Bowling Alley, all contained within the modern shopping complex of Gunwharf Quays.
The Solent is an incredibly busy seaway for ferries, commercial shipping, the Navy and for pleasure craft - you can see it all going past as you sit on the beach, or you might want to hop on one of the regular hovercraft shuttles and take the exciting ride across to the Isle of Wight.