City Orientation Walk, Portsmouth

One of England's most notable naval bases and ports, the city of Portsmouth is closely associated with sea. Still, despite its seafaring background, Portsmouth has quite a bit to offer its guests on the dry land as well. Follow this orientation walk to familiarize yourself with some interesting facts about historic and contemporary Portsmouth manifested in various sights and landmarks.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Portsmouth (See other walking tours in Portsmouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: Lilly
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Portsmouth Guildhall

1) Portsmouth Guildhall (must see)

Portsmouth Guildhall is the biggest events venue in the Hampshire city of Portsmouth. The building, completed in 1890, was designed in the neo-classical style by architect William Hill, who had earlier been responsible for the design of the town hall in Bolton. Local Architect Charles Bevis in partnership with Hill directed the construction, Hill died before the completion of the building with Bevis adding to the design.

The building was originally called the Town Hall, but on 21 April 1926...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Victoria Park

2) Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a public park located just to the north of Portsmouth Guildhall, adjacent to Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and close to the city centre in Portsmouth. It was officially opened on 25 May 1878 and was the first public park to be opened in Portsmouth. It was designed by Alexander McKenzie. It has a total area of around 15 acres (61,000 m2) and is planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.

The centre of the park features an enclosed area which inhabits animals such as...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lodge Arts Centre

3) Lodge Arts Centre

The Lodge Arts Centre calls itself the art center in the heart of the city. Founded in 1988, the most famous events were organized in Victoria Park related to its 130 years of history. The activities are addressed to all generations and are of a very diverse range, such as movies, exhibitions, awarding, public art, kids stuff, leisure, school,...   view more
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Gunwharf Quays

4) Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays is an outlet retail destination with 90 outlet stores and 30 restaurants, pubs and cafés located in Portsmouth, UK. It was constructed in the early 21st century on the site of what had once been HM Gunwharf, Portsmouth. This was one of several such facilities which were established around Britain and the Empire by the Board of Ordnance, where cannons, ammunition and other armaments were stored, repaired and serviced ready for use on land or at sea. Later known as HMS Vernon, the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Spinnaker Tower

5) Spinnaker Tower (must see)

Spinnaker Tower is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection. The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and the engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by being modelled after a sail. After several years of delays and cost overruns, it was opened on 18 October 2005.

Planning began in 2000, and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Portsmouth Cathedral

6) Portsmouth Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, commonly known as Portsmouth Cathedral, is the Church of England cathedral of the City of Portsmouth, England and is located in the heart of Old Portsmouth. It is the seat of the Bishop of Portsmouth. Around the year 1180 Jean de Gisors, a wealthy Norman merchant and Lord of the Manor of Titchfield, gave land in his new town of Portsmouth to the Augustinian canons of Southwick Priory so that they could build a chapel "to the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Square Tower

7) Square Tower (must see)

The Square Tower was built in 1494. It was one of the buildings erected with the aim of protecting the shore of the town against enemy attacks. It is one of the oldest monuments in town with the greatest historical importance. For centuries it has been a protective citadel; at the time it was the residence of the governor of Portsmouth and then a storehouse for gunpowder, since 1584. Then in 1779 it was to be a store for the Royal Navy, and continued to be one up to 1850. Some of the original...   view more
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Lord Horatio Nelson Statue

8) Lord Horatio Nelson Statue (must see)

Lord Horatio Nelson was, is and will be one of the notable figures of England. He served in England's Royal Navy and during his service, England obtained some of the greatest victories that are counted in the country's history, the main one being the Victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. He is known to have been a man of strong character, very courageous and sometimes cruel in the desire to affirm himself, yet he remains an influential and well-respected figure even...   view more
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Domus Dei

9) Domus Dei (must see)

Domus Dei, or Hospital of Saint Nicholas, was an almshouse and hospice established in 1212 by Pierre des Roches, Bishop of Winchester. It is now also known as the Royal Garrison Church and is an English Heritage property and a listed Ancient Monument. In 1450 an unpopular advisor to the king, Bishop Adam Moleyns of Chichester was conducting a service at the chapel of Domus Dei when a number of naval seamen (resentful of being only partially paid and only provided with limited provisions) burst...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Clarence Pier

10) Clarence Pier (must see)

Clarence Pier was originally constructed in 1861 and boasted a regular ferry service to the Isle Of Wight. It was damaged by air raids during World War II and opened in its current form in 1961.

The main entrance to the pier from the road is via a striking pavilion building with distinctive yellow and blue cladding and a small tower. This originally housed an amusement arcade and cafe although in more recent years, the upper floor has variously been used for "Pirate Pete's"...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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D-Day Museum

11) D-Day Museum (must see)

The D-Day Museum is located in Southsea, near Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. Opened in 1984 by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, it tells the story of Operation Overlord during the Normandy D-Day landings. The museum houses the Overlord embroidery and the display involves a film show including original footage and archive film. The D-Day Museum is home to the Overlord Embroidery and was specially built to hold it. The Overlord Embroidery took five years to complete and measures 272 feet...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Southsea Castle

12) Southsea Castle (must see)

Southsea Castle (early in its history also known as Chaderton castle ) is one of Henry VIII's Device Forts, also known as Henrician Castles, built in 1544 on the waterfront at the southern end of Portsea Island (an area that later became named Southsea after the castle). The castle was built to guard the eastern entrance to the Solent and entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose sink from near this location.

The Castle was initially constructed in 1544 however...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Portsmouth, England

Create Your Own Walk in Portsmouth

Create Your Own Walk in Portsmouth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Portsmouth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Worship Places Tour in Portsmouth

Worship Places Tour in Portsmouth

The old church life in Portsmouth is not one of the richest, yet it is most closely connected to the local history and culture. Their history and origins are either connected to real historical events with true personages, or are based on old local legends. In taking the tour you will not only get acquainted with these events and stories but you will also enjoy fine sightseeing of these historical places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Portsmouth Cultural Tour

Portsmouth Cultural Tour

Portsmouth is a city with rich history and preserved traditions, so its cultural life presents a point of interest for tourists from all over the world. Different museums and galleries will show you the city from different points of view, and the following tour will help you to feel as if you are a part of its cultural life.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Historic Dockyard Tour in Portsmouth

Historic Dockyard Tour in Portsmouth

Naval life has played a crucial role in the development and in the existence of the city. Most of the events that the area experienced are connected to its exit to the sea. This tour is aimed to reflect them in the region's museums and other monuments that will help you discover the beautiful sea history and present port life of the city. Take the tour and explore these beautiful events in the history and present life of the port region of Portsmouth.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km