Southsea & Portsmouth - Britains Naval Heritage

Southsea & Portsmouth - Britains Naval Heritage

Home to Britain's Naval Heritage


Home to Britain's Naval Heritage

Within the Waterfront City of Portsmouth you'll find stylish Southsea, a distinctly different shopping and leisure experience with a wide range of specialist shops and international cuisines. It's unique character sets it apart from being yet another cloned town with a harmonious mix of quality retailers and independent traders. You'll not only find an exciting shopping experience, but also discover the vibrant atmosphere enjoyed in its numerous bars and eateries.


Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to a collection of fantastic attractions, there's so much to see and do. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future. Discover the world famous historic ships - HMS Victory the Mary Rose & HMS Warrior 1860 that have shaped British history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Home of the Royal Navy, other attractions include The Royal Naval Museum  with a new Exhibition "Sea Your History" and Action Stations with the interactive gallery detailing the science and technology used by the modern Royal Navy.

Day 1

We leave Penrith for our journey to the south coast and our hotel the Best Western Royal Beach, situated on the seafront at Southsea. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we visit the top two attractions in Portsmouth, the Historic Dockyard, where you can see HMS Victory, the Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior, the Royal Naval Museum and take a harbour cruise. We complete our day with a journey up to the viewing platform of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower with breathtaking views of Portsmouth and the English Channel. Dinner at the Royal Beach.

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Day 3

Today we travel to Winchester the quaint cathedral city on the edge of the South Downs and England's ancient capital. Time at leisure before we leave after lunch for the short jorney to Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire and the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, take a walk along the crystal clear River Test and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Step back in time to uncover the fascinating history behind Laverstoke Mill in the Heritage Room. Discover the ten exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire gin in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room and then join our hosts as they take you behind the scenes of the Dakin Still House to show you the unique Vapour Infusion Distillation process which makes Bombay Sapphire gin so exquisite. We return to the hotel or dinner.

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Day 4

Day at leisure in Southsea and Portsmouth. options to visit include the D-Day Museum, Gunwharf Quays, the city's two cathedrals and Southsea sea front. Dinner at the hotel

B, D

Day 5

Morning visit to Chichester, once a Roman town and port, with its market and many interesting shops. In the afternoon we visit the award winning gardens of West Dean, featuring a victorian walled garden, 300 foot long edwardian pergola, naturalistic spring garden, sunken garden, orchards and circular arboretum walk set in beautiful parkland with views over the surrounding South Downs. Final dinner at the hotel.

B, D

Day 6

After breakfast we leave our hosts at the Royal Beach for our return journey to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Royal Beach Hotel


Picture yourself in a wonderful Victorian hotel enjoying panoramic views over the Solent and here you have the BEST WESTERN Royal Beach Hotel. Standing proudly on the seafront at Southsea since 1866, this historic hotel evokes an authentic feeling of bygone days making it one of the most popular hotels in Portsmouth.


Step inside and sample the atmosphere experienced by generation upon generation. Magnificent chandeliers, grand staircases, seafaring memorabilia, enchanting restaurants, two lifts and a relaxing sea view lounge to wind away the hours. The majority of the hotels spacious 124 bedrooms have recently been refurbished to a high standard. 


All Rooms Offer:


  • Quality en suite facilities including bath and shower

  • 26" - 32" flat screen TVs complete with Freeview channels

  • (Sky TV, including Sky Sports is available in the lounge)

  • FREE Wi-Fi internet services

  • Complimentary tea & coffee making facilities

  • Irons, ironing board and hairdryers

  • 24 hour porter and 'Room Service'

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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