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Ship off to Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard

Tourist sites in the U.K. have seen a strong increase in visitors over the past year, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Travelers seem especially intent on setting sail for the Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, a great England attraction for people who love all things maritime. 

As the ALVA reported, the percentage of visitors to the dockyard increased from 2012 to 2013 by 55 percent, more so than any other U.K. attraction. The potential reason for the overall increase may have been residual Olympic tourism, ALVA director Bernard Donoghue told The Telegraph. Whatever the case, it's clear that more people are taking an interest in the sites offered by the dockyard.

The many warships docked in Portsmouth serve as some of the more awe-inspiring attractions in town. The world's oldest commissioned warship, the HMS Victory, is docked there. History buffs will remember this vessel as the flagship of famed Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. The HMS Warrior is also there, noted as being the world's first iron-hulled warship that was powered by steam. 

Supplementing the sight of these ships are the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Mary Rose Museum, which provide deeper insight into England's maritime history. To truly get a good look of the dockyard, however, travelers will want to embark on a boat tour of the harbor. 

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