The Retreat Guest House

35 Grove Road South, Southsea, Hants, Portsmouth, PO5 3QS, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Portsmouth


by SwedeSarah

The southern part of Portsmouth is called Southsea and is kind of a small city grown together with Portsmouth. This part is wonderful, maybe cause it's by the beach? ;-) The main spots are the 2 piers, South Parade Pier and Clarence Pier. Along the beach is a beachwalk which takes you past places such as the D-day museum, Southsea castle, model village, markets, historical sights, etc. I love to sit on the beach in the evening with a bag of chips (fries). Magic! ;-)


by kevin36

The Solent is 15 miles long and varies in width between 21 to 3 miles due to the undulating shape of its opposing coasts.

Within the Solent, strong currents flow through the Hurst Narrows (1.8 metres per second onspring tides) at the western entrance to the Solent (Velegrakis 1994). However, at the entrances to Portsmouth, Langstone and Chichester Harbours, surface currents may reach in excess of 3 metres per second on a full spring ebb (Admiralty Chart 3418).

Sailing in the Solent

To the west of Portsmouth is Portsmouth Harbour, this is a roughly triangular natural harbour, each of the three sides is approximately two and a half miles long. Portsmouth Harbour is home to Portsmouth Naval Base, a Cross Channel ferry port and a commercial dock and is therefore very busy with maritime traffic. To the East of Portsmouth is Langstone Harbour, at high tide, water covers about 1900 hectares but at low tide only about 200 hectares are under water.
Langstone Harbour has a number of mooring areas providing both deep water and dry moorings for several hundred boats.
A small fleet of commercial fishing vessels operate from the harbour

Good Boating Advice

* Plan your trip carefully – remember to leave your trip details with friends or family ashore if you’re then overdue there is someone to alert the Coastguard!
* Triple check the safety equipment and your boat before you set sail – make sure you have a correct life jacket on board for each person and that each person wears the life jacket at all times.
* Always carry spare fuel or a paddle, water and food - just in case you are caught short.
* Sail within your limits and ability.
* Make sure everyone on board knows how to use the boat’s safety equipment.
* Ensure you have an appropriate means of communication should the worst happen and you find you need to contact the Coastguard.
* For safety and weather advice before you head out to sea, remember you can contact the local Coastguard. They will be able to tell you both the short and long term weather forecasts and advise you on the tide times for the area. National directory enquiries have the telephone numbers for all the local Coastguard stations around the UK. The local paper for the area should also print daily tide time tables.
If at sea call on VHF channel 16 or depress the RED distress button on your DSC controller.
For routine traffic and other information Telephone 02392 552100 or call on VHF 67.
Digital Selective Calling MMSI 002320011.


by SwedeSarah

The 2 local bus companies in Portsmouth are First and Stagecoach. I don't really know which ones is the best, but I think I prefer Stagecoach cause they have double deckers. ;)

As in the rest of England (as far as I know), the busfare depends on your destiny. If you're going a shorter distance, you pay less and vice versa. If I remember right, on Stagecoach it was cheaper to get a day ticket than buying a return ticket (can't remember where we went to though). You can also buy weekly/monthly/annual tickets and so on.

Waterfront pub

by jayhawk2000 about The Ship Anson

THE SHIP ANSON on the Portsmouth waterfront. You can't miss it, it's got the HMS Warrior parked out front. On a sunny day try to get a seat outside. The food and beer taste terrific and were good value. Highly recommended.


by LouiseTopp

‘The Victory’ is a must see. The Victory was the Navy’s flag ship during the 19th Century & fought in the Battle of Trafalgar.

There are organised parties which go on board to have a look round, & it’s not until you get on board that you realise how low everything is. This is because the men had a different diet, & were much shorter then we are today. Inside you sit on wooden benches & wait for everyone to gather, then someone in Navel uniform comes along; & the tour begins. The first thing noticeable is the smell of very old wood; you can smell the power which must have gone into running this old ship. Many oak trees from Hampshire (possibly The New Forest) went into building the Victory, on the front is a figurehead of two cupids holding the Royal Coat of Arms. This was fixed during the ship's 'large repair' undertaken between 1801 & 1803, & made in 1801 by George Williams at a charge of £50.

The 32 pounder cannons are impressive. Each cannon is supported on wheels has a red stopper in the barrel; above each cannon is a long stick with a yellow furry head. Bit like those microphone thingies the BBC use’s, it’s used to clean the barrel. Next there’s another long pole with a squiggly bit at the end to put out any cinders after firing, I wouldn’t like to be pocked with that! Then there’s the long string which fire’s the cannon from 4-5 feet away, because of the recoil, each cannon has a rope running behind the base. The guide saying there would be a ‘very loud bang’ is an understatement. The noise must have been horrible & many sailors lost their hearing. Some of the gunners were as young as 14.

Please see some of my other tips about The Victory which I couldn't get in here.

UPDATE: You are now able to wander round the Victory at your own leisure, but mind your head as some of the ceilings are very low, also the stairs are very steep. Photography is also permitted which is good, except the area where Nelson fell & the large oil painting of his last hours.

Photos coming soon of the interier.


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