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Episode 92 – Discovering Portsmouth: A Local’s Guide to History, Mystery, and Seaside Splendour

In episode 92 of the UK Travel Planning Podcast, we explore the coastal city of Portsmouth with our special guests, Kevin and Pauline Patterson.

Listen in as they share insider tips and recommendations for exploring the rich history and vibrant attractions of Portsmouth.

From the iconic Mary Rose to the historic dockyards and scenic harbour views, this episode is packed with valuable insights for anyone planning a visit to this charming city.

So, grab a cuppa, sit back, and let’s embark on a virtual tour of Portsmouth with Kevin and Pauline.

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Episode 92 – Show Notes

Episode 92 – Discovering Portsmouth: A Local’s Guide to History, Mystery, and Seaside Splendour

Introduction to Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth’s location on the south coast, 75 miles southwest of London
  • Easy access to Portsmouth from London via train and coach
  • Attractions and accessibility from Portsmouth Harbor
  • Overview of the city’s appeal and accessibility for visitors

Top Recommendations for Places to Visit

  • Historic dockyard as the number one attraction
  • Details about the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and HMS M 33
  • Other attractions included in the ticket, such as boat trips and water taxis
  • Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower, and traditional pubs in the area
  • Other attractions include Southsea Castle, the D-Day Museum, and the Sherlock Holmes exhibition
  • Unique experiences like the hovercraft to the Isle of Wight

Sample Itinerary for a Day

  • Recommended itinerary for a day trip from London
    • Visiting the historic dockyard, including specific ships and attractions
    • Suggestions for lunch and exploring Southsea
    • Guidance on parking and timing to visit the historic dockyard

Tips and Recommendations

  • Day and time recommendations for visiting the historic dockyard
  • Insights into the best experiences and attractions in Portsmouth
  • Emphasis on the uniqueness and appeal of the Mary Rose
  • Appreciation for the city’s ability to cater to visitors and deal with crowds


  • Gratitude for the guests’ contribution to the podcast
  • Encouragement for listeners to find more information in the show notes
  • General appreciation for Portsmouth and the enjoyable visit experiences

Places mentioned in this episode include

  • Historic Dockyard: Home to the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and HMS M 33, as well as the Royal Navy Museum. The dockyard offers a fascinating insight into the maritime history of Portsmouth.
  • Gunwharf Quays: A vibrant area with shops, restaurants, and the iconic Spinnaker Tower. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight from the top of the tower.
  • D-Day Museum: This museum offers an in-depth look at the D-Day invasion, including personal stories and artefacts from the historic event.
  • Southsea Castle: This fortress provides a glimpse into history, and visitors can also enjoy picturesque views across Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent.
  • Isle of Wight: Accessible via the unique hovercraft service from Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight offers natural beauty, scenic landscapes, and attractions such as Carisbrooke Castle.
  • Old Portsmouth: A quaint area with historic pubs, including The Still & West, which has stood for centuries.

Pubs mentioned in this episode include

Museums mentioned in this episode

  • Historic Dockyard
    • The Mary Rose Museum
    • HMS Victory
    • HMS Warrior
    • HMS M33
  • Royal Navy Submarine Museum (Gosport)
  • Explosion Museum
  • D-Day Museum
  • Southsea Castle 1
  • Sherlock Holmes Collection at Portsmouth Museum

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