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Old 26 October 2010, 17:43   #1
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things to do Portsmouth/Southampton

I am after non rib related things to do in Southampton/Portsmouth, I know of the shopping places and the Naval place in Portsmouth, but other suggestions welcome.

Also places to stay, thinking Hilton type for luxury but I am sure there are others just as good.

Suggestions welcome....
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5 star hotel- De Vere grand Harbour, near two centre

hilton is miles out of town

things to do apart from ribbing- a sailing or PWC course perhaps?
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Not very clued up on Southampton I'm afraid, but Pompey has a few good things to do, if you don’t like shopping.

As you say the historic dockyard is very interesting, but a bit expensive.

Other museums of note are:-
Fort Nelson Royal Armaments on Portsdown hill.
HMS dolphin submarine museum in Gosport.

And on the seafront in Southsea(Southern part of Portsea Island)
D-Day Museum
Royal Marines Museum.

Just a few miles down the coast to the East past nice places like Bosham is Chichester, with it’s shops and walks around the Cathedral and grounds, and to the West is the new Forest with the National Motor museum at Beaulieu. The Forest is obviously great for walks etc.

Of course there are lots of other ‘boaty’ related places to visit, and lunch at The Rising Sun in Warsash is worth looking at.

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Old 27 October 2010, 07:07   #4
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Take a notebook & go ferry spotting?


Joking aside, the Hovercraft Museum (http://www.hovercraft-museum.org/) is just round the corner from Gosport if you're in Portsmouth.
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Joking aside, the Hovercraft Museum (http://www.hovercraft-museum.org/) is just round the corner from Gosport if you're in Portsmouth.
Unfortunately it's not open very often though.

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A few suggestions:

Portchester Castle just north of Portsmouth:

http://www.portchestercastle.co.uk/

Port Solent marina is nearby, with a good choice of restaurants and cafes:

http://www.portsolent.com/

Another vote for Fort Nelson:

http://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/fort-nelson

Try and visit when they are having a gun firing

Bosham is nice for a walk:

http://www.bosham.org/

The road floods at every high tide - best park in the car park!

Near Beaulieu is Buckler's Hard (nice for a walk):

http://www.bucklershard.co.uk/bucklershard/index

and a little bit further Hurst Castle - the trip out by ferry from Keyhaven adds a bit of extra interest:

http://www.hurstcastle.co.uk/

Southampton has an aviation museum - it is small but interesting:

http://www.spitfireonline.co.uk/

Can't really recommend a hotel - Portsmouth has a Hilton and a Marriot but neither are up to much, Hilton is probably the better of the two. There is also the Solent Hotel:

http://www.solenthotel.com/gallery/

If you don't mind driving there are a few good local country pubs:

http://www.welovelocal.com/en/se/eas...n-so318de.html

http://www.welovelocal.com/en/se/eas...n-so318dn.html

http://www.theshoeinn.moonfruit.com/

Cheers

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Cheers all for the suggestions, we went Fri/Sat just gone.

After spending Friday looking around Southampton, went for a walk around Hythe and then stayed the night at the Premier Inn in the Town Centre. Very good even though it is near a rail way line, We didnt hear it.

Saturday was fantastic, so we decided to hop on the Ferry and take the car over to IOW. Went round Newport then on to Cowes and Gurnard.

To top it all off, dinner was in the Folly, never been before and want to go again.

So Cheers all for the suggestions and when the next trip to the Folly is on (Xmas jolly?) If I am invited bring the little rib over for another Pub meal.
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nightlife

I live in pompey and most people have covered the day time activities in pompey.

Nightlife is a bit of mix bag - students hang out in southsea and Albert Road. 20-30s mainly in Gunwharf. 18-25 locals wanting cheap booze and getting very drunk is Guildhall.

Reasonable club in gunwharf quays is Tiger Tiger... Also a Grosvenor casino in Gunwharf which I like.
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18-25 locals wanting cheap booze and getting very drunk is Guildhall.
I hear "under the guild hall steps" is an fly, I mean eye-opener
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