Had some real bargains in the O'Neil shop, short sleeve summer shirts £4.50 each
Summer sandals £10.00pr all good stuff,but you need to catch them when they have their sales on
Shop at over 85 designer outlets, eat at one of 20 cosmopolitan bars & restaurants, be entertained at the 14-screen vue cinema, bowl at the 26-lane Bowlplex, join in one of our events, have a laugh at Jongleurs comedy club, dance the night away at Tiger Tiger, stay at the new Express by Holiday Inn hotel - Gunwharf Quays is the ultimate waterfront destination for all the family.
Landscaped in to a historic setting, with the Historic Dockyard and Old Portsmouth only a few minutes walk away, Gunwharf Quays is where the old and the new come together. Once you’ve experienced shopping in the pedestrian avenues, relaxing in the wide open spaces, seen the spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour, and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere, you will be drawn back to Gunwharf Quays again and again.
What to buy: just about all the designers shops are at Gunwharf Quays.
What to pay: Normal prices,so go when the sales are on,to get the real bargains.
What a different place this must be from all its past incarnations when it was part of the major port of Portsmouth. Now it is a new, bright and huge mall with about 100 shops, mostly "outlet shops" for big names like Ralph Lauren, Marks & Spenser and a bunch of others whose names are lost on me. There are also numerous restaurants and entertainment venues. I guess it would be a good place for bargain shopping, although we did not venture into any of the shops. It also has a lovely large interior courtyard with benches, trees and a few tables to eat snacks from the kiosks.
What to buy: Clothes, jewelry, confections, cosmetics, household goods all can be found here.
Just down the road from the historic dockyard is Gun Wharf Keys shopping centre. You can see it as you enter Portsmouth on the train, it’s quite impressive & there’s a large underground car park for visitors. There’s over 85 designer outlets & 20 cosmopolitan bars & restaurants, everything is set out so you can access it easily; it’s also wheel & pushchair accesible. There’s a 14-screen cinema & a bowling place with 26 lanes to choose from. Express by Holiday Inn hotel which has just recently been built can be found by the casino, nearbye is a newsagents which sells refreshments etc. Some of the shops & services to be found are:
Caburys Factory outlet (we got free sweets here)
Gun Wharf Newsagents
Coffee machines shop
Marks & Spencer
The Old Customs House
Bureau De Change
Visitor Information Kiosk
What to buy: There’s toilets for the disabled & the chance to go on a mailing list to receive news of further offers. We went on a Sturday & we were given free crisps & chocolates. At Chrsitmas they will be having a santas Grotto here. Opening times listed below.
Monday 13th – Friday 17th December, 10am – 8pm - LATE NIGHT SHOPPING ALL WEEK!
Saturday 18th December, 9am – 8pm
Sunday 19th December, 11am – 5pm
Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd December, 10am – 8pm
Christmas Eve, 10am – 4pm
Christmas Day, CLOSED
Boxing Day, 11am – 5pm
What to pay: As little or as much as you dare.
Port Solent in Portsmouth is one of the South Coast’s primary leisure attractions where you can saunter along the marina, look through the shops on The Boardwalk, or just unwind in the Mediterranean environment of this scenic site, & watch as the human race go by; & the occasion dog if their out. I haven’t seen any cats as yet.
There’s lots of shops to see from fashion to games & toys. This is a place to find bargains. There are many pubs & restaurants to choose from, there’s also a UCI six screen multiplex cinema. Car parking also free, not too sure about horses & carriages or Penny farthings.
What to buy: Some of the shops listed are:
• Alldays (Newspapers, both local & national papers, & Magazines)
• Fenwicks (fine china & Florence sculptures, furniture)
• Inciwinci (clothing for kiddies from birth to 8 years)
• Joey Loons (surf & casual wear on the south coast) www.joeyloons.co.uk
• La Cuisine (café) www.lacuisine.co.uk
• Maritime Art Gallery (dazzling maritime art & artefacts)
• Metamorphic (geological products) www.metamorphiconline.co.uk
• Snow and Rock (specialists sports retailers) www.snowandrock.co.uk
• Temptations (Ladies designer clothing & accessories)
• Wanamingos (games & gadgets) www.wanamingos.co.uk
What to pay: Up to you.
Cascades Shopping Centre is an entire high street under one roof, & the whole lot is planned to make your shopping trip enjoyable. The shops in the Cascades are wheelchair friendly; the restaurants are on the lower ground floor which you can get to by a lift.
What to buy: The Centre's normal opening times are:
Monday - Saturday: 0900 - 1730
Sunday: 1030 – 1630
Christmas Late Night Opening Times.
Thursday 11th Open until 8 p.m. Christmas Lights Switch 7 p.m.
Thursday 18th Open until 8 p.m.
Thursday 25th Open until 8 p.m. Christmas Grotto opens
It's a new huge shoppingcentre by the harbour with over 70 outlet stores. There are many places to eat at as well. Next to the shops is Warner Village, a huge cinema. The cinema was quite expensive, at least the popcorn!! I liked the Cadbury chocolate store and Claire's Accessories the best! :) There's also bowling, a casino and a comedy club. Other activities take place there as well.
What to buy: If you love fashion, you can find a lot of designer labels here. It's not cheap but still cheaper than on the high streets. You can buy many exclusive things here. But there's also cheaper stores for us normal people. ;)
What to pay: Quite a lot if you're going to buy designer wear!!!
This outlet store carries most of the end of line and unsellable stock from the Marks and Spencer main stores. Is not a giant store but big enough to carry a large range of items at a slightly discounted price. Be prepared to wait at the queue tills though, in the years since this store has opened the Management still don't seem to have got the hang of opening tills when the customer queue starts weaving around the store!
What to pay: Slightly less than average for the main M&S stores
Cadbury's chocolate Factory Shop isn't really a factory shop at all. Yes they sell all the Cadbury range but there is nothing here that you won't find in a good supermarket and their prices don't seem to be discounted either. Maybe a better shop title would be Ordinary Cadbury Chocolate Shop!
What to pay: Average
There are many shops in the dockyard, including restaurants. The shops are:
o Mary Rose shop
o The Boson’s Bookshop
o The Royal Naval Museum & HMS Victory shop
o The Nauticalia (http://www.nauticalia.com/) for more information
o Artists Harbour (a new arts centre) in a striking Grade I listed house at the Historic Dockyard.
What to buy: Sailng things.
What to pay: A fortune!
This is my favourite place to shop in Portsmouth and they also have many stores here. There is a very nice shopping centre, Cascades. Many of the shops are also connected with those outside on Commercial street.
What to buy: You can buy all kinds of things here. But mostly clothes, books, music and food. Well, there are many things you can buy! My favourite stores are Woolworths, WH Smiths, H&M, HMV and Boots. There's also a market once a week (I think) and a fruit+veg market on a side street. There are some cheap shops on top of the road and on a back street.
What to pay: Depends on how thick your wallet is! ;)
Gunwharf Quays is a waterfront complex of shops (85 designer shops alone, with many non-designer types), catering for all tastes.. overlooking the harbour.
They have quite upmarket shops, and then a few chain ones that are less expensive... and then ones like the Cadbury's Factory Shop.. which sells discounted chocolate!
They also have many kiosks on the side of the shopping avenues, selling ice cream, crepes, liquorice etc.
They have 20 restaurants and bars, from upmarket sit-down meals, to fast food.
I noticed a club they have there too, Tiger Tiger.
I have been to the Haymarket Street branch in London Central... and know it to be an expensive and smart place.. and, going by the types of shops and restaurants they have here, their clientele will enjoy this club too.
I am not a big shopper by nature, but even I enjoyed my time here, having a cuppa coffee, grabbing some liquorice whilst we walked, popping into Nauticalis etc. My sister bought a couple of tops from Ralph Lauren.
Very nice for shopping and eating and general exploring (the historic dock yard) and a day trip we will do again soon!
Nauticalia is a shop for the navy buffs!!!
It is found on the right handside as you enter the historic dockyard gates, where the crusty old silor figure is standing.
They have branches throughout the country and they all have the same kind of stock.
What to buy: They have all kinds of naval memorabelia here, from clothes to hats, to caps that say 'wreck' and 'captain'. Lance has one of these!
Fridge magnets, compasses, boat ropes, pictures and photos of ships and boats, model ships, 'make your own' model ships.... you name it... if it has a naval theme... it's here!
We noticed that crocs... colourful plastic shoes - have also made it here ;) They're everywhere!
What to pay: Prices are average, slanting toward expensive... but then it is a tourist shop.
The first time I entered a Ralph Lauren shop was in Bicester Village, in Oxfordshire.
I am not a keen shopper at the best of times, but was with my sister and a friend of hers, so went along with where they wanted to go.. and I was, surprisingly, enjoying myself!
But I DO have to be in the right mood!
The Ralph Lauren shop at Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays is a superb shopping outlet, with plenty of space to roam around, and a nice selection of clothes... not all to my taste, but they have plenty of colours for one design, which I always appreciate!
The musicians were seated just outside their shop.. and far from dissuading shoppers from entering the store, I think they were probably helping get people in, as they were drawing quite a crowd with their jazzy and mellow music.
What to buy: I have bought a couple of tshirts here before and they are excellent quality, are comfy and nice to wear.
They stock women, men's and children's clothing, fragrances for men and women, sports and outdoor wear and a few homeware products.
What to pay: They are not THAT expensive, considering they are designer-wear too.
The Royal Naval Museum Shop shop is found on the left handside of the gangway, across the way from the HMS Victory ship.
It is a non profit shop, and all proceeds go toward the actual Royal Navy Museum and the HMS Victory maintenance and upkeep.
The Mary Rose Shop sells all types of items from the Tudor period. So has quite a few things similar to what one finds at castle shops, except with a naval theme.
The HMS Victory Shop has a variety of goodies relating to this ship. They have a good mix of kids and adult orientated memorabelia and toys.
Clothes, old books and paintings too... I find this shop VERY interesting :)
You can buy prints of ships from the galleries on the way too, these are inexpensive as they are only copies. A nice memento though!
What to buy: All kinds of naval memorabelie, whether modern and antique.
What to pay: Prices are average.
from the website:
"Shop at over 85 designer outlets, eat at one of 20 cosmopolitan bars & restaurants, be entertained at the 14-screen vue cinema, bowl at the 26-lane Bowlplex, join in one of our events, have a laugh at Jongleurs comedy club, dance the night away at Tiger Tiger, stay at the new Express by Holiday Inn.
Landscaped in to a historic setting, with the Historic Dockyard and Old Portsmouth only a few minutes walk away, Gunwharf Quays is where the old and the new come together. Once you’ve experienced shopping in the pedestrian avenues, relaxing in the wide open spaces, seen the spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour, and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere, you will be drawn back to Gunwharf Quays again and again."
From my experience:
It is something to do. And you get a nice view of what is left of some of the historic buildings and the harbor, as well as the Spinnaker Tower. There are some good restaurants and some good shops, and also a big movie plex. And everything is new and clean, and I thought it was a good day out.