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.
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.