Three of my kids were born in the Portsmouth area, We lived in a village a few miles away from the city and it was lovely. We would go to the sea front and spend hours making childhood memories. It was a place that seemed to need a lot of money put in to the area and modernise it - and that is just what happened. Nowadays Portsmouth sea front is bustling with the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre that is filled with over 90 designer outlets at affordable prices and the Spinnaker tower. Portsmouth has become one of the most desirable places to visit on the south coast.
The Historic Dockyard is home to world-class warships and attractions that offer an insight to 800 years of naval history at your fingertips. We went to see the Mary Rose, not long after it arrived at the dockyard and it is amazing to see that little bit of Tudor life in front of you. Over the past few years it has been given an overhaul and now there is a new-look museum, with incredible views of Henry VIII’s ship from all nine galleries and projections that bring the ship to life as you meet the crew and they tell you all about life on the Mary Rose.
The Historic Dockyard is also home to world famous HMS Victory,Nelsons ship and you can walk up to the spot where he died. You will also find the Victorian powerhouse HMS Warrior 1860 . Visitors will love the new journey on board HMS Victory, with 80% of the ship now accessible, and the impressive size, scale and story of Warrior which attracts thousands of people every year. The new exhibition ‘Women and the Royal Navy – from Pioneers to Professionals’ opened in February and it tells us the amazing history of women working in the naval service. It coincides with the centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and it can be found at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, where you will find so much more to explore surrounding the Royal Navy. If you're feeling active, you can even unleash your inner ninja at the new Ninja Force assault course and discover what it takes to be a modern day Commando at Action Stations. for more information please pop over to www.visitportsmouth.co.uk
If you need something to eat, why not pop into one of the 30 restaurants that can be found on the sea front, there is so much choice for everyone. You can eat over looking the beautiful sea and watch the world go by. On a good day, there is an amazing view of the Isle Of Wright. You can even hop over there for an afternoon by simply hopping on one of their hovercraft's
A visit to Portsmouth would not be complete without a visit to the 170 metre tall Emirates Spinnaker Tower which offers guests magnificent 350° panoramic views stretching out for up to 23 miles over the historic harbour, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. It has even been said that you can see as far as Chichester on a good day. Those who are brave enough can test their nerve and venture across the glass floor Sky Walk, look down and see the amazing views - this is a must do for dare devil kids as they walk over the 330 foot drop below. They also get a brilliant view of the inside of the structure. There is an engaging film show, interactive i-VIEW screens, free audio guides and the open-air Sky Deck complete the experience. Emirates Spinnaker Tower is open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm (excluding Christmas Day). See www.spinnakertower.co.uk or call 023 9285 7520 to book in advance or to find out more. If you are feeling brave you can even abseil down the Spinnaker tower, there are 13 dates set aside for this and what an experience that would be!
A visit to Portsmouth with Tilly is definitely on the books for us this summer, there is so much to do that it possible couldn,t be put into one blog post. Have you been up the Spinnaker Tower?