Arden House

14 Herbert Rd, Portsmouth, PO4 0QA, United Kingdom
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The history of Gunwharf Quays

by Jenniflower

I was quite surprised to find that there was so much fascinating history behind the Gunwharf Quays!

The Quays is now a modern waterfront shopping complex, and one doesn't equate history and nostalgia with this kind of place... but it has it in loads, going back to the 12th century!

It used to be called Richard's Docks, where royal galleys used to dock. This was in the time of Richard I, in 1194!

Back then the shoreline was a few hundred yards back, and didn't extend as far out as it does today. The building of earth embankments and a great dyke in the area increased the land mass.

It was also the first naval ordnance yard. This occurred in the 17th century when boats would collect necessary ammunition like gun powder and cannon balls, as well as much-needed supplies.. before embarking on their sea voyage.

The HMS Vistory collected her gunpowder from here (as did many other ships), for the Battle of Trafalgar.

There is SO much history here, it is fascinating. And, having read the history, and then visited the historic docks, made all the difference to my enjoyment and appreciation of what I saw :)

Today this wharf is a multi-million pound shopping and entertainment complex... a far cry from what it used to be!

Packing List

by Aragina

Bring whatever you like, but remember you have to carry it :-) Best advice bring the most comfortable shoes you have, you will be doing a lot of walking .
Portsmouth is normaly cold in winter, warm in summer, but always, always have an umbrella, it has been known to rain on just one side of the street here and be sunny on the other. You can buy everything you need in the UK , but make sure you have enough prescription drugs with you to last, if you do not belong to the EU the Medical costs are high and a lot of meds can't be bought over the counter, if you are not sure go to
they have a lot of info there. The UK can deal with any of your Photographic needs it may be a little more expensive than the US and Canada though There are a few campsite on the outskirts of Portsmouth, but you wont really need bug spray here. Just bring lots of money.

Ferry Port

by darkjedi

Regular buses run to Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea train stations during the main summer season. There is a taxi rank outside the main terminal and you can call a cab from the free phone inside the building.

P&O Ferries Tel: 08705 20 20 20
Brittany Ferries Tel: 08705 360 360
Condor Ferries Tel: 01305 761551
Wightlink Tel: 08705 827744
LD Lines Tel: 0870 458 0401


by SwedeSarah

This is a really cozy café and we always go here after we've been shopping at Palmeston Rd. Perfect to have something nice to eat and rest your feet! Here you can buy mostly sandwiches and other smaller warm dishes + they have a big selection of cakes, also for take away. I always have a cheese & tomato sandwich, a custard and mareng cake + Pepsi. Yummy, yummy!

Historic Ships

by kevin36

Firstly the Spinnaker Tower is a must,but don't forget the Dockyard where you can see
HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, The Mary Rose not to mention the various battleships in the Harbour including HMS Victory.
We only scratched the surface,but there are so many places to go and see from Portsmouth,it has transport Links to The Isle Of Wight,France, Spain.
With its array of ferries Fast Cats or Hover Craft which will take you 10minutes to get from Southsea to The Isle of Wight.
There is a ferry that crosses regularly from Portsmouth to Gosport all for 1.80p.
There is a fun fair on Southsea, a Submarine museum at Haslar (Gosport)
It certainly is the hub to other places.
Gunwharf quays is where the Spinnaker Tower is situated 5mins from the Train Station or Bus depot.


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