Eight reasons Portsmouth and Havant are among best areas in UK

HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Picture: Steve Wallace

HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Picture: Steve Wallace

Walter the pigeon with Marie Boyd, who took him in

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  • Area is among the best in the UK for culture and history
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Portsmouth and Havant have world-class history and culture - and locals are making the most of it.

That’s the verdict of an influential report which places both Havant and Portsmouth in the top 30 nationally for heritage assets - rubbing shoulders with places like Oxford and Cambridge.

Warblington Castle

Warblington Castle

Here are eight reasons why the area has successfully been placed near the top.

Why Portsmouth was rated highly...

1 - Nine accredited museums, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Museum.

2 - Scores of listed buildings, such as the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and The Square Tower.

3 - Langstone Harbour on the doorstep - an internationally-recognised wildlife reserve.

4 - Several well-used and historic open spaces, such as Victoria Park and Southsea Common.

Why Havant was rated highly...

5 - The area is sandwiched between Langstone Harbour – which has international designations – and the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

6 - Staunton Country Park – a historic site that is well-used by the public.

7 - Buildings such as Warblington Castle and St Faith’s Church, which has Roman foundations.

8 - Heritage such as parchment making.

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