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Created on 02 March 2012

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  • 1 Charles Dickens' Birthplace All year round in Portsmouth Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth. Courtesy of Portsmouth Tourism Festivals & Heritage

    One of Britain's most famous authors, Charles Dickens began life in Portsmouth in 1812, where he stayed for just three years. The interior of the house in which he was born and is now set in the Regency style of the era.

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  • 2 Portsmouth Blue Reef Aquarium All year round in Portsmouth The Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth. Courtesy of Portsmouth Tourism Kids & Family

    Frogs from South America and Northern Australia, freshwater otters, tropical angel fish and puffer fish are just some of the extraordinary and colourful creatures to be discovered at Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

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  • 3 Chichester Festivities Jun - Jul 2012 (annual) in Chichester Chichester Cathedral, Chichester. Courtesy of Britain on View Festivals & Heritage

    The Chichester Festivities music and arts event takes over venues throughout the town, including the Norman cathedral. Festival-goers can enjoy everything from classical music to jazz, comedy, fireworks and ghost walks.

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  • 4 Southsea Castle All year round in Portsmouth Southsea Castle, Portsmouth. © Portsmouth Museums & Records Service Festivals & Heritage

    Built in 1544 at the behest of Henry VIII, Southsea Castle has enjoyed a long and healthy life, although it has long since retired from military service. It now maintains its 19th-century appearance thanks to Portsmouth Council.

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  • 5 Twenty20 Cup: Hampshire Hawks Jun - Aug 2012 (annual) in Rose Bowl Sport & Outdoors

    The Friends Life T20 begins with a group format in June, before quarter finals in July and Finals Day in August. This year Finals Day takes place at Southampton's Rose Bowl where Hampshire Hawks play their home games.

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  • 6 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard All year round in Portsmouth HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Courtesy of Portsmouth Tourism Festivals & Heritage

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard houses some of the city's principal attractions, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, the Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations, the Mary Rose and Dockyard Apprentice. Visit individual attractions or take a guided tour round the harbour.

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  • 7 Portsmouth City Museum All year round in Portsmouth A real old bone-shaker at the Portsmouth City Museum. Courtesy of Portsmouth City Museum Kids & Family

    Visitors can learn everything about the history of Portsmouth at the City Museum, from the Stone Age to today. An exciting permanent exhibition left by Richard Lancelyn Green explores Sherlock Holmes and the life of his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.

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