The coast of Hampshire is about 230 miles (370 kilometres), stretching from Highcliffe on the Dorset border to Chichester Harbour in West Sussex. The Solent, the area of sea between the Hampshire coast and the Isle of Wight, is one of the busiest coastal zones and important for its commercial ports, landscape and nature conservation value, historic heritage, sailing and tourism
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In Portsmouth you can visit the Historic Dockyard which pays tribute to a very English hero, Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson who inspired the navy he led to maintain British mastery of the seas during the Napoleonic Wars. The centrepiece of the collection is HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship in which he was killed at the moment of victory over the French and Spanish fleets during the Battle of Trafalgar, 21st October 1805. You can also step aboard HMS Warrior built in 1860 it was Britain’s first iron hulled battleship and discover what life was like on this iconic ship. Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard should not be missed on any tour along the south coast of England, it is a great day out with so much to see.
Palmerston’s Follies were forts that were built under the orders of the Prime Minister, Lord Henry Palmerston in the 1860s and 1870s when there was a threat of invasion from Bonaparte’s great-nephew, Emperor Napoleon III. Spitbank Fort, a great example of a Palmerston Folly which was built in the Solent guarding Portsmouth is now a luxury hotel and a unique place to stay on vacation with a small group where you can have the place to yourselves for a truly memorable experience.
The D-Day Museum in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire gives you an amazing insight into the planning, build-up, the epic bravery and determination that happened on D-Day, 6th May 1944 that led to the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany.
There are islands off the coast; the Isle of Wight which is across the Solent from Southampton measures 23 miles by 13 miles. It has wonderful cliffs and beaches, farmlands and woods, villages and towns, river valleys and steep ravines and a superb 500-mile network of footpaths. It is where you will find Queen Victoria’s holiday home Osborne House with its beautiful furnishings, lovely gardens and its own private beach it is easy to see why Queen Victoria said, ‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’.
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