Portsmouth is the principal port of Britain’s Royal Navy, and its historic dockyard ranks alongside Greenwich as Britain’s most fascinating center of maritime history. By far the town’s biggest attraction is the Historic Dockyard which has three stunning ships and a number of museums paying tribute to the might of the Royal Navy. You could easily spend an entire day just in the dockyard. The first ship and the star attraction of the dockyard is HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar and the site of his infamous dying words when victory over the French was secured. There are excellent 40 minute tours offered. The next ship here is the Mary Rose, a 16th century warship that is the only one of its kind still on display anywhere in the world. This 700 ton ship sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545 and was recovered in 1982. The last ship is the HMS Warrior, built in 1860 and was considered at the forefront of maritime technology in its day. Visitors can freely wander the four decks to imagine life in the Victorian navy. The Royal Naval Museum is a huge museum with five galleries of history, ship models, medals, and paintings. Audiovisual displays recreate the Battle of Trafalgar and one interactive exhibit even lets you take command of a battleship. A short hop over the water from Gunwharf Quays is The Point, home to the colorful cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth. Just off the Point you can climb the Round Tower built by Henry V and take a stroll along the old fort walls.