Home to great festivals and live music, there's also great shopping, trendy bars, restaurants and coffee shops, miles of green parkland, a funfair and fantastic sports facilities.
The current headquarters of the British Navy, there's a fascinating Historic Dockyard, including Admiral Nelson's famous warship HMS Victory. You can get a spectacular view of the harbour by ascending the landmark 170-metre Emirates Spinnaker Tower and visit the birthplace of Charles Dickens.
Just a short hop by hovercraft is the Isle of Wight, while the historic towns, picture postcard villages and beautiful countryside of Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex are all on the doorstep.
London is just an hour and a half away by train and Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton airports are all within easy reach.