Thursday, October 6, 2011

Things to do in Portsmouth, England

Portsmouth is not one of the most famous cities in the UK, but whether you are a local to these shores or hail from international climes, it’s a great place to spend an action packed long weekend. There are variety of pastimes, so whether you want
to spend your whole trip in luxury, with designer shops and good food, or you are looking for more of an adventure, there’s something for you to be found.


Luxury travellers


Gunwharf Quays is probably the first stop for you if you like to shop, eat at classy restaurants, drink cocktails while looking out over the sea and dance into the small hours. There are a wide range of designer shops which have outlet stores here and some of
the Portsmouth accommodation offers discounts that can be used at the restaurants. If you are taking the children to Portsmouth, there are cinemas and bowling alleys that the little ones can enjoy.


Festival Revellers


Get in touch with your inner flower child and take a trip by ferry to the Isle of White Festival, just across the Solent Sea from Portsmouth. Every year in June you can catch acts like Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Kasabian. Again, there is a family friendly festival where children attend, at Bestival in September. While you will still get a similar line up of pop, rock and dance acts, there are tents just for the kids with entertainment like face painting and tea parties. There is also an annual fancy dress competition at Bestival.


High Flyers


Climb the glass fronted Spinnaker Tower to get a breathtaking view from 170 metres up. As well as taking in a 360 degree view of Portsmouth, which is very pretty at sunset and at night for the twinkling city lights, you can walk across the largest glass floor in Europe- if you dare!


Historic Adventurers


Step back in time and tread the floorboards where Nelson led Britannia to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, even see location where he was struck down and died. The battleships are brought to life by a crew of actors and actresses in full historic garb, who will happily tell you about their lives on board. You can also learn about the Mary Rose, which was discovered at sea, abandoned with meals still on the tables, as though the crew had just disappeared.


These are just a few of the many great things to do in Portsmouth.

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