• Spinnaker Tower

Portsmouth

Portsmouth, the age-old home of the Royal Navy and Britain's second-busiest ferry port after Dover, is best known for its Historic Dockyard and many nautical sights. Visiting landlubbers can tour the HMS Victory, which played a key role in Britain's battles with Napoleon's navy, and see the Mary Rose, a 16th-century warship that was a favorite of Henry VIII. But the new spirit of Portsmouth is equally enticing. Portsmouth seems to expertly balance its dual status as both a city of the past and one of the future.