I found this interesting website about the historic port city of Portsmouth, with many great photos. The site is quite informative for visitors (it lists accommodation, food and drink apart from the tourist sights) but what makes it special is the way it is presented and the beautiful pictures. Makes you want to go now.
Intimate pub serving a wide range of real ales and the fantastic 'Weapons Grade' alcoholic ginger beer. The menu full of comfort food (suet puddings, sausage and mash) will help soak up the tipples.
An eclectic selection of vintage shops specialising in different decades can be found between Albert Road and the Palmerston precinct. Start with Tango Tea and their flapper and Art Deco collection then onto Style in the City and the One-Eyed Jockey with clothes from the Seventies, or for a real Fifties and Sixties experience step into Dead Man's Glory and bop away to skiffle music playing on the turntables whilst riffling through the rails.
Live at the Bandstand happens every Sunday through the summer and has a huge following. There's a different theme every week - this year has swing, urban, rock'n'roll, jazz, country etc. Take a rug and a picnic and relax - there's nothing better on a Sunday afternoon!
West Battery Gardens, Southsea seafront, Portsmouth
Your average local - but with over 30 ciders on offer! It's a nice little place nestled down by the seafront, the kind of place filled with regulars at all hours. Divided into two sections - an old school style pub section and a 'games room' style area at the front - it's a lovely pub. Be fine for the family or for a sociable pint - it's not rowdy but it's not boring either. But the real appeal is the cider. You name it, they've got it. From local concoctions like the lovely Florence Somerset Scrumpy (the patron's beverage at bargain prices) to your Swedish perries and even a 15% perry, the menu keeps changing.
Its an eight-bedroomed boutique hotel in a quiet residential road just a minute's walk from the lovely seafront, and a brisk walk to Gunwharf Quays for shopping. I've stayed at The Clarence on two occassisons and it just gets better and better. The first time I stayed in the Luella Cherry Room with massive whirlpool bath complete with a TV in the bathroom. Stayed again last week in the Wild at Heart Room which has a bath in the room so Hubby and I can chat even when I'm lounging in the bath! The service is top notch with room service 24 hours a day and a breakfast menu that is the best I've ever seen - so much choice. And the best thing? No children allowed so it's an adult's haven from other people's 'little darlings'
This restaurant has recently opened in southsea.
The food is of the highest quality and the service is second to none. I have been there twice now and am so excited about having my birthday there! If anyone does go there you have to have the pork, it is like no other meat dish i have ever tried.
www.restaurant27.com all details are on their website, bon apetit.
I would recommend the watermark to anyone. We had a lovely meal sat by the fire (nice and warm). Our waitress Lisette was great!
I had a gorgeous Sunday lunch at the King Street Tavern the other day, and now I know why all the locals rave about it! Really tasty food, friendly staff and prompt service. Nice atmosphere too as it's was busy on a Sunday
It's a small cockle stall selling, yep you guessed it, cockles. But they also do the MOST amazing hot chocolate with bits of Mars Bars floating in it and topped with marshmallows. Very indulgent and naughty but a great winter warmer.
The Hard, Portsmouth. Between Portsmouth Harbour train station and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's entrance.
Stan, who despite the name is a real French bloke, cooks some fantastic, unusual and delicious rustic French food and loads of different sausages and mash, veggie options too. All of this is served at Little Johnny Russell's. It's a great pub in Albert Road, Southsea. Visit it... good food, great music, lovely staff.
Fort Nelson is a brilliant place to go for all the family. It was built in the 1860s protecting the famous harbour in Portsmouth when a French invasion was expected (but it didn’t happen). The museum is free all year round. It has 350 big guns including Saddam Hussein’s giant ‘Supergun’.
If you go in the holidays, there are gun firings that are loud and exciting. You can also go down to spooky tunnels where the gunpowder used to be kept or climb on the ramparts. There are also people dressed in soldiers’ suits who tell you about the fort, including a man (who is also dressed and with his sword) who tells a story about a battle.
From Josh Owen (age 10)
A little French cafe in Southsea. Amazing food, friendly service and fairly cheap prices. It's a place to relax, enjoy your food and hang out with your friends.
37 Marmion Rd, Southsea, at the end of the High Street, opposite Waitrose;
tel: 023 9282 5113
Yesterday I took my family to Southsea for the day. The weather was glorious and the people so friendly. The highlight of our visit though, was the couple of hours we spent at Clarence Pier. It has a Wimpy, penny arcades, an indoor kiddie play area but best of all about a dozen amusement rides. We bought a family bag of tokens for twenty pounds and were given another five pounds free. It was a great afternoon and money well spent. I would recommend it to anyone.
Clarence Pier, Southsea
I took some friends on a ghost walk in Old Portsmouth. It was a fantastic mix of history (and there is loads in Portsmouth) and some scary gruesome stories. Actors were on hand to keep us on edge. The highlight was going into the Round Tower (which is not usually open to the public) - biggest shock of the night. Which I won't tell you about in case I ruin it for anyone else that may go. Great fun!
It started at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth but what was good was that you could book your tickets in advance online. www.darkencounters.co.uk
Because it's totally buzzing at this time of year (August) and a really fun place to be (and cooler with the sea breeze). But even in the winter it's great to have a 'blustery' walk along the front, certainly blows away those cobwebs!
Southsea seafront, Portsmouth
Gunwharf Quays is a designer outlet on Portsmouth Harbour. It's a great place to pick up a few bargains with outlets by Paul Smith, GAP, Next, Burberry, Nike, and loads more including some "kitchen" shops. The day we were there, there was a skateboard event on that kept my 7 year old nephew very happy, and the week before there had been a Food Festival with Ken Hom, so seems there is always something happening.
Had lunch at Strada - there are lots of restaurants to choose from, including the usual Burger King up to Loch Fyne and other "good restaurants". Would recommend for a family day out, or just to break the bank shopping!
Every Sunday throughout the summer, live bands perform at The Bandstand - disco, indie, ska, jazz, 60s, 70s & 80s favourites, blues, rock, folk, country, RnB - you name it! Take a picnic and settle in on the grass for the afternoon, free entertainment and a great view out to sea to boot; recommended for the whole family.
The Bandstand on Southsea seafront, immediately in front of the D-Day Museum car park.
The amazing 170m tall viewing tower in Portsmouth has fantastic panoramic views over the harbour and out towards the Isle of Wight. It also has Europe's largest glass floor on its first viewing deck ,which kids and adults alike can't get enough of... so long as you've got the nerve to take the first step on it!
Located on the fab development of Gunwharf Quays with is bustling bars and restaurants with plenty of outdoor seating in the summer and great shops to keep mums quiet too!
Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1
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