Rediscover the sights right on your doorstep

Chris Revell, left, quartermaster on board HMS Warrior, and Laurie Arnell (dressed as Henry VIII) from the Mary Rose Museum, launch Portsmouth's Big Day Out with a bang
Chris Revell, left, quartermaster on board HMS Warrior, and Laurie Arnell (dressed as Henry VIII) from the Mary Rose Museum, launch Portsmouth's Big Day Out with a bang
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Everybody loves to visit new and exciting places but sometimes we forget the things right there in front of us. Lots of people have never visited some of the most famous landmarks in their own city.

Next weekend marks the beginning of British Tourism Week, so now’s the perfect time to grow a new appreciation for Portsmouth and become a same-city tourist.

The concept is simple, pretend you are new in town and marvel at the some of the city’s most popular attractions. Take your very own ‘staycation’ – a holiday at home.

To celebrate British Tourism Week and encourage local residents, the Historic Dockyard has teamed up with Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower for a ‘Big Day Out’.

Next weekend (Saturday, March 12, and Sunday 13), local residents will be able to take advantage of 50 per cent discount for entry to the Dockyard and a trip up the tower.

Anybody living in the PO postcodes will be entitled to the saving. They just need to show a utility bill and photo ID on the day.

So pack a camera and head down to the city’s top attractions to rediscover Portsmouth.

The Historic Dockyard showcases over 800 years of naval history. Visitors can climb aboard some of the most famous warships in the world, the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior.

There is lots to explore in the Mary Rose Museum, including visiting Hatch, the spooky skeleton ship’s dog.

If it is raining, there is plenty of fun to be had in Action Stations, an interactive display of the modern Navy.

Families can scale the climbing tower, battle in flight simulators and discover the science behind the Royal Navy.

Just a short walk away, Gunwharf Quays will be celebrating their 10th birthday.

As part of the ‘Big Day Out’, there will be a range of special offers and discounts at its shops and restaurants.

Register on-line at gunwharf-quays.com to see the wide range of participating outlets and to print your discount voucher. Alternatively, visitors can call into the Visitor Information Centre on the day.

Sightseers can use their discount to look at the Historic Dockyard from an aerial view.

There are stunning views of the Solent from the Spinnakers Tower’s viewing gallery. Those with a head-for-heights can walk across the unnerving glass floor 100m above sea level.

For more information visit portsmouthbigdayout.co.uk.