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Billed as 'Portsmouth the Great Waterfront City', it is the home of the Royal Navy and the Historic Dockyard and is world-famous for its historic ships, especially Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, which is undergoing refurbishment.

But this year all attention is on the Mary Rose as a new museum is about to open.

One of Portsmouth's newest – and most striking – attractions is the Spinnaker Tower which, at 560ft, is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben.

Go shopping in the award-winning Norwich Lanes and the Norwich Cathedral Quarter and learn of fascinating local stories such as Valentine's Eve and Jack Valentine – unique Norwich traditions still followed to this day. One of Yorkshire's key cities, it has transformed itself over the past five years and has now been described as 'a gem in Yorkshire's magnificent crown'.

Hull is exciting, dynamic, eclectic and entertaining – and extremely friendly.

Along with the birthplace of Charles Dickens, open as a museum, the city is home to an extraordinary collection of artefacts relating to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on view at the Portsmouth Museum in a display entitled A Study In Sherlock.

In addition, the city has two Frank Matcham-designed theatres: The Kings and the New Theatre Royal, which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

The city has a slogan 'One Norwich, one visit, 101 reasons to return'.