Portsmouth Royal Maritime Hotel & Guide Tours: 13th – 15th September.

Portsmouth Royal Maritime Hotel & Guide Tours: Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th September.  En route to Portsmouth, meet the Blue Badge guide in Winchester where we visit the Cathedral, the longest mediaeval building in the world. Pick out the Jane Austen links in the city where the author dies 200 years ago this year. We follow this with a scenic drive through the Meon Valley to the Royal Maritime Hotel Portsmouth to check in for dinner. The 3* Royal Maritime Hotel was set up to look after sailors and marines who were “between ships”. The club gained Royal patronage in 1855 when Prince Albert visited the hotel. The hotel is still popular with ex-serviceman but also welcomes non Naval or Military groups, recently refurbished and is just 200 yards from the Historic Dockyard. Tuesday after breakfast we depart the hotel in the company of our local Blue Badge guide. We are going to start the day with panoramic tour to tell the story of Portsmouth. You are never far from the sea here – it is the only UK city to be built on an island. Alfred the Great founded the first English Navy in Portsmouth and King Henry VIII set up the Royal Dockyard – Portsmouth continues to be the home of the Royal Navy today. We will visit Palmerston’s Nelson Fort up on the hill overlooking the city and call in at the quirky early Victorian Southwick Brewhouse which last saw active service in 1957. We take a very pleasant flat walk through Old Portsmouth before taking a break to buy a light lunch at Gunwharf Quay. Followed by the ‘Ships in Harbour’ sightseeing harbour boat tour. On returning to our hotel the rest of the afternoon is yours before our 3 course dinner is served in the hotel. Wednesday we check out after breakfast and leave our bags with the hotel concierge. Enjoy a free morning in Portsmouth – maybe a spot of shopping at Gunwharf Quay or brave the Spinnaker Tower before making tracks for home early afternoon. Price £299.00 per person (No single supplement)  Coach departs Stevenage at 08.30


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