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How to Spend a Day in Portsmouth


Having friends in different unis all over the country is a great excuse to travel new places that you may not have ever thought about.

I’d never even considered going to Portsmouth – I don’t even think I’d ever acknowledged its existence before my friend went to uni there, but it was a great spot with a load of things to see and do – also, it’s by the sea, which is always a plus!


Travel tip
Portsmouth is a pretty small city, so you can navigate all of these places by foot – no need for public transport!


W H A T  T O  D O

Southsea Beach and Pier

This side of the beach is lush – a proper, good ol’ English beach! If you’ve ever been to Brighton, Southsea beach reminded me of its beach – the pebbles, the calm waves and the grand building set back behind…love it!

Fish and chips is a must on a seaside getaway and Southsea Pier is THE place to go to get your fix!


Millennium Promenade water front walk

If you head towards the sea, you’ll spot a chain carved into the floor that runs 3km along Portsmouth’s water front. If you follow it all around, you’ll get to see the sights that the city has to offer.

The route starts from Spur Redoubt near Clarence Pier, Southsea and finishes on The Hard, taking in Old Portsmouth, the Camber and Gunwharf Quays.


Crazy golf at Clarence Pier

A very typical seaside holiday activity – I know, I know…but, once you get over the tacky, slightly run down feel to the place crazy golf is super fun!

If there’s a group of you, grab a ticket and have a go – it’s a lot of fun and only £4, so no excuses!


Southsea common

Who doesn’t love a park, right!? If you’re lucky enough to get some decent weather, then heading here wouldn’t be such a bad idea – grab a picnic and some drinks and soak up the sun.

If the weather isn’t great (which will most likely be the case), we opted to buying takeaway coffee and walking through the common and towards the sea front.


W H E R E  T O  E A T

Southsea Beach Cafe

Located on Southsea beach, this is a lush spot! The cafe is set up right on the beach, so the view is lovely – it makes for a great place to grab a bite to eat mid-beach walk.

I have only tried the coffee and cakes here, but the food being brought out to the tables looked insane – the fish and chips especially.

Foodie tip
I would recommend trying the brownies and fully loaded hot choc – chocolate heaven!


Farm Kitchen, Southsea

If brunchy food is your kinda thing, then head here! They have a great selection of breakfasts, salads, burgers, the lot…it’s ideal if you’re in a group as there is plenty of choice and they have some lovely veggie dishes too.

I opted for the veggie breakfast…it was so good!


Deep Blue Restaurant, Southsea Pier

The best fish and chips – it has to be done – takeaway or dine in – just try it!


Southsea Deli

The reason I loved this place was mainly down the the amount of plants in there! As a huge plant lover myself, it was like paradise! It has a great, busy atmosphere but even if you pop your head in just for the aesthetics, I don’t blame you.

Back on the subject of food and drink, I only tried the coffee here which was fab but, the cake selection looked very tempting too.


Foodie tip
A walk is made so much better with a hot coffee in your hand, so why not grab a takeaway here and head on over to the beach!?


Have you ever been to Portsmouth?

Let me know, I’m sure there are a load of other great spots that I may have missed.


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