The Spinnaker Tower,
Well worth a visit just for the views alone, and if your about at night look at it from Gosport where you will see it lit up neon blue in all its glory.
The outside lift is glass ,so you can view while going to the top? (not for me) but it will cost you an extra 2.00.pounds.(Sadly the lift has been out of action for sometime).
There is an Internal lift ,so you don't have to walk!, and it is very quick too 29seconds.
I don't think I was imagining it ,but at the top you can feel the tower moving in the wind.
And the views from inside are fantastic.
The very top level is open at the top,so you can hear the wind whistling past.
One tip: if you know somebody who is local to Portsmouth or Gosport and they go with you ,get them to purchase the tickets,you will get a discount.
Fondest memory: The harbour area,watching the boats coming and going, and just enjoying the views from one of the benches along the waterfront.
PORTSMOUTH CITY GATE
Down here in this neck of the woods, all of the towns seem to have a Romanesque flavour, with good reason. This was part of the Roman Empire at one time. These cities were valued possessions and were walled. The only way into and out of these was through gates. These were obviously built to last.
The pictured gate is, according to a Portsmouth resident, in front of a military installation.
Just seen this site, and am amazed that you can put a picture up of the gateway
and give it a title of city gate.
The gateway you have photographed was the original gate to H.M.S. Nelson,
commonly known as Vicky barracks to all and sundry in the ROYAL NAVY. (including
perhaps you could correct your title so as not to confuse the tourists who come
to Portsmouth.... I am not sure that Portsmouth ever had a "City" Wall around
snogem (Ex R.N. 1960 - 1972)
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!
In Gunwharf Quay there was a group of talented musicians, playing outside a busy shop (Ralph Lauren).
The instruments were a didgerydoo (sp?), bongo drums, guitars, and a saxaphone.
The didgerydoo was the main instrument, and the others complimented it... the music was jazzy and mellow.
Children were dancing to it, especially this little girl in pink :)
This kind of attraction attracts shoppers, as it makes their shopping experience all the more enjoyable.. and they werent untalneted buskers, they were very talented!
On Gunwharf Quay there are plenty of fun things for the kids to do!
Not only does this mean the kids enjoy themselves, but it also means mum and dad can relax a bit whilst their children are being entertained.
They have a bouncy castle with safety walls, and a few joyrides, like little aeroplanes for tiny tots and a little steam train for little tots too. They are well managed and are good fun!
They have musicians that are there for both mum and dad, but the little ones also seem to love them... like the little girl in pink in my photo, who was twirling around and having a ball :)
We were looking for Langstone University grounds, and we found that the signange formt eh A27 wasn't the greatest.
We were led by our noses and our memory, as we had come here before.
There are also some funny signs around, this sign being one... although it's probably more due to our silly humour that we found it funny!
All minor injuries to go one way.. and obviously if you have a major injury, please go the other way... towards the cemetary ;)
It is not a huge area to navigate around, but it big enough to get hopelessly lost if the signage is all you go by.
The architecture in Portsmouth is both good and bad in my opinion.
There is plenty of old architecture from the 60s and 70s, which is purpose built and not particularly stylish, and then there are some lovely Georgian buildings too, many of which have desperare need for a coat of paint and some tender loving care though.. and then there are a few, highly polished, exquisite modern buildings!
These buildings make much use of glass and natural light, and with their position being on a busy harbour, it really lends a smart and funky vibe to the harbour.
They are currently building one that I think will look absolutely stunning when finished! This building is in my second photo.
Gunwharf Quay is a relatively new and modern shopping complex that is a waterfront area that fronts onto the harbour area. It is stylish, clean and handles tons of daily visitors! This is definately a drawcard to Portsmouth.
The rest of the photos are Spinnaker, an architectural marvel in it's own right!
It soars high above anything around and is a splendid piece of architecture.. almost like Portsmouth's own lighthouse, surveying the harbour :)
Perhaps the important activity here is to have the fortune of visiting a real combat ship. In the picture is the commanding officers cabin on board the Nigerian Flag Ship..Aradu. It is not every time a tourist have such opportunity to see the inside of the priced vessels.
So, it is imperative if you have the opportunity to see these ships as they are sometimes open to visitors.
Fondest memory: I missed the spetacles, the ceremonials, the people and the various ships and Marine helicopters from all over the world that were present here during Trafalga 200.
A story worth repeating here is about the sinking of the Royal George in 1782.
'The Royal George was launched in 1756. Her compliment was 864 men and 104 guns. She was in turn the flagship of Admirals Anson, Boscawen and Rodney, and was the finest ship in the Navy. She sank on August 29th, 1782, while lying at Spithead. It is estimated that about 900 persons perished, including Admiral Kempenfelt: for, as was customary with Navy ships preparing for sea, the Royal George was crowded with shore folk. According to the Admiralty report at the time, some repairs to her watercock had been ordered. To raise the tap above the water the ship was canted over: her port guns were run out as far as possible and her starboard guns were brought inboard, amidships. Unfortunately the lower gun ports were left open, and the sea washing in added enormously to the overwhelming weight on the port side. The danger was realized too late: the doomed vessel heeled over, carrying hundreds of men and women to the bottom.'
An inquiry later proved that this version was untrue. Owing to the neglected condition of the ship the bottom fell out, and she sank like a stone.
See my Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Travelogue for more historic information. Just click here
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard
Portsmouth is the'home of the Royal Navy', and as such is also home to many famous British ships, the most famous of which must be HMS Victory*
Fondest memory: Another famous ship that I saw here, but sadly will not return, is the former HMY Britannia.* Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (more commonly called the Royal Yacht Britannia) was built by the Clyde (Glasgow) shipbuilders Messrs John Brown and co., and was launched by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 16th April 1953. I was fortunate enough to see her alongside the Dockyard on one of my sailing courses in Portsmouth Harbour. Britannia was decommissioned on 11th December 1997, and moved to her final destination of Leith, in Edinburgh, where she is now used by a private commercial company.
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.
Fondest memory: I love to sit on the beach in the evening with a bag of chips (fries). Magic! ;-)
Favorite thing: Lewes is worth a visit. A historic town full of old houses, shops, old english pubs, a ruined abbey, castle and Ann of Cleves house. We arrived in Lewes at lunchtime and found a very nice pub serving food at reasonable prices. Then a wander around the shops including a market full of antiques and craft shops. Then a tour of the castle. The castle itself is atop a steep hill and can be difficult for those people who are not very fit or are disabled. There is some stocks in the castle gardens which my friend decided to place her children in, unfortunately she managed to break the stocks much to the amusement of the other visitors. My comment was to my friend who was promptly dying of embarrassment 'they have been there for hundreds of years and you broke them'. A visit to Ann of Cleves house to see what life was like living in the reign of Henry the Eight. The house itself was tudor in style with heavy wooden beams. Anns bedroom was full of wall hanging as wallpaper wasnt used in those times. The double bed was extremely short as people were smaller then. What I found unusual was there was no ceiling in the bedroom you could look straight upto the roof tiles a bit chilly in winter. A trip to the abbey ruins is worthwhile and not too far from Ann's house. All in all I enjoyed Lewes and would recommend a visit. Please be aware that Lewes is full of very steep hills.
Portsmouth and Gosport are thriving areas, they were both Navel ports, and up to a point still are, but holiday makers go there in the summer and both have a lot to offer.
Fondest memory: The Victory you have to see this.
HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th century ship of the line anywhere in the world. She is oldest serving warship still to be in commission.
HMS Victory appears today in the form in which she fought her most famous battle, the Battle of Trafalgar (21st October 1805) at which Admiral Lord Nelson was shot by a French marine from the fighting top of the Redoutable. Her appearance today still gives an immense impression of the conditions on Tuesday 14th February 1797.
Portsmouth was a place I'd always wanted to visit, as my Dad was based here with the Royal Navy before I was born. So it was very interesting for me to see this city, especially since my older brother was born in the area.
We arrived in Portsmouth about 3pm and immediately went wandering around doing some sightseeing. Eventually we checked into our bed and breakfast, a lovely place right near the water, then headed for the pubs. There were 3 within 200 yards of the B&B. It had been a beautiful, hot, sunny day and now we were ready to relax. We bought a few pints of beer and sat ourselves down on the patio of the Spice Island Inn. From our vantage point we could see the ferries going back and forth in the harbour and military planes flying overhead. We sat for a long time relaxing as the sun slowly set. It was such a peaceful time and one of the best parts of our trip.
The Mary Rose Ship hall. The Mary Rose was lifted from the seabed in 1982 (after years of preparation) and is now being preserved by using the newest technology.
Before visiting the ship hall, you should start with a visit of the Mary Rose Museum.
Every half hour a 15 minute film is shown about this resque operation.
(and again not allowed to take pictures)