Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery
“A must for fans of Sherlock Holmes.” - VisitEngland Assessor
Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is the museum of Portsmouth. One of the main exhibits deals with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who turned to writing while he was an unsuccessful doctor in the city in the early 1880s. The museum's collection of Sherlockiana is world-leading, and well worth a visit. There are also exhibitions on the city through the ages, how its residents spent their free time, and Portsmouth Football Club. In addition there's the fantastic displays of fine and decorative arts, comprising paintings, ceramics, textiles and more. There are also short-term displays offering something new.
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Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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