Depart your ship and begin your journey by leaving the city and heading up to Portsdown Hill, from where you will have, weather permitting, one of the best views in Britain, overlooking the whole of Portsmouth. On a clear day you will be able to see as far as Southampton, Chichester and the Isle of Wight.
With the phrase “OK let’s go! General Dwight D Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, made his historic and momentous decision committing three million men and 2,727 ships to the operation which turned the tide of World War II. The little Hampshire settlement of Southwick became, quite literally, the centre of Operation Overlord. It is still a delightful estate village with its thatched roofs and half-timbered cottages and remains largely unchanged since June 1944. After driving through the village you head into the city of Portsmouth and drive along the seafront road of Southsea then on to Old Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is rightly famed for its naval heritage and harbour, but there is so much more to discover. Learn about the events and people that have shaped the city across the centuries, including Charles Dickens, who was born in Portsmouth and Arthur Conan Doyle who started writing his Sherlock Holmes stories whilst practising as a doctor in Southsea. You will drive through the 19th century seaside resort of Southsea with its naval memorials and glimpse Southsea Castle built by King Henry 8th in the 16th century. The panoramic tour continues to Old Portsmouth, including Spice Island where Portsmouth first started, and you will discover some of the city's historic buildings and defences as well as the HQ of the British America's cup team. Finally, before returning to your ship, you drive through Portsea, an 18th century suburb, famed for its Historic Dockyard and Ships as well as the 170m high Spinnaker Tower opened in 2005.
- Remarks/requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, light rain jacket
- Walking information: Limited walking involved, on and off the bus for photo stops. At guests discretion. Suitable for wheelchair guests.
- Not suitable for wheelchair users.
- Language: English