Leave the hustle of Southampton and head towards Netley via Bursledon as this trail hugs the River Hamble en route to the Historic Portsmouth Dockyard, taking in the castle at Portchester on the way. Enjoy Britain’s naval heritage before heading to the buzz of the waterfront city at Portsmouth.
Southampton, the cruise capital of Europe is Hampshire’s largest city. Whether you explore the historic town, absorb the culture at museums and art galleries, enjoy the smart shops or escape to the peaceful parks, Southampton is wonderful place for a day trip, weekend break or longer stay.
The quaint village of Netley close to Southampton Water is home to Netley Abbey, built by Cistercian monks in the 13th century where you can visit the church ruins and monastic buildings. Explore the nearby Royal Victoria Country Park, site of the old Victoria Royal Military Hospital.
Yachts, food and a lively atmosphere? It must be the picturesque village of Hamble, set alongside the river of the same name, where you can take in the stunning views and walks at one of the UK’s yachting meccas. Enjoy one of the many restaurants or take the ferry to Warsash.
Portchester has many historic buildings including the medieval Portchester Castle, built within the Roman fort of Portus Adurni at the northern end of Portsmouth harbour. Within the Castle walls is the Grade 1 listed church of St. Mary’s and from the battlements are great views across to Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a fantastic place for all the family. Visit numerous attractions including the Henry VIII’s Mary Rose, Nelson’s HMS Victory, the first ironclad HMS Warrior and The National Museum of the Royal Navy to see hundreds of years of naval history. The nearby Royal Navy Submarine Museum is also well worth a visit.
Soak up the atmosphere in the waterfront city of Portsmouth with its many attractions. With two cathedrals, art galleries and museums you’ll plenty to do. Enjoy the shopping experience at Gunwharf Quays and be sure to visit the Emirates Spinnaker Tower to take in the stunning views.
Enjoy the museums and independent boutique shopping on a trip to the Victorian seaside resort of Southsea on Portsea Island. Visit Southsea Castle, the Blue Reef Aquarium or relax with a picnic on Southsea Common. Time it right and you might catch the International Kite Festival.