PORTSMOUTH

OPTION ONE

By Car: Starting from your central London hotel or apartment we will drive through London and onto the A3 on what has been the historic Portsmouth Road.

OPTION TWO

By Train: I can meet at a convenient railway station on the edge of London (Guildford or Woking) and we set off through the countryside from there avoiding some of the commuter traffic in the process.

OPTION THREE

By Train: Meet at your hotel or apartment away from the centre but price and meeting times may vary depending on location.

Situated on the south coast of England, the UK’s only island city is the home of the British Royal Navy, and has a proud maritime history dating back 1200 years to the time of King Alfred the Great. It also has two cathedrals, museums and art galleries, a diverse literary heritage and miles of beautiful waterfront.

It is also the birthplace of Glyn Jones, one of its lesser known sons, who left this coastal idyl in pursuit of fame and glory in the Metropolis (where, as everyone outside London believes, the streets are paved with gold). Upon the completion of a major road project, the road between London and Portsmouth has reduced travelling time and made Portsmouth an easy day trip from London.

In a day’s tour to Portsmouth we would travel to Gunwharf Quay and head to the Spinnaker Tower for coffee. At 170m tall, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower offers spectacular views across the south coast from its Sky Deck. Venture across the glass Sky Walk to watch boats bobbing about beneath your feet or get hands-on and navigate a course around the harbour on the rib boat simulator.

Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory (the world’s oldest commissioned warship and the most famous in British naval history) and HMS Warrior (the world’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship, launched in 1860) are on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is situated within a working naval base. The Dockyard is also home to the remains of the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s flagship, which sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545 and was raised from the seabed in 1982. The Mary Rose Museum has undergone the last stage of its restoration and 2016 sees it open its doors once again.

Depending on how many of its attractions we visit, we may well drive around to Old Portsmouth and have a bite to eat at the harbour mouth and watch the ships and yachts go by.

After lunch we head to Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum which tells the story of a pivotal event in the history of World War II – landings by Allied troops in Northern France on 6 June 1944. The museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery which, at 83m long and taking five years to complete, is the largest work of its kind in the world.

It was commissioned as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part in the invasion. A dramatic presentation uses archive film to relive memories of the wartime years.

£630.00 per tour

``We could have saved a few bucks and taken a few trains to get to Windsor Castle, but we had the ease of Glyn driving us, telling us about the things we would see that day. We saw Windsor, Hampton Court, and, as a bonus, stopped by Abbey Road so he could take pictures of the four of us walking at the crosswalk. An excellent day, and excellent value. He was so good we paid for his lunch AND tipped him:-)``

Vermontchik

“Glyn made travel easy and interesting”

Prices are based from a start point in central London.

Pick up point – Your guide will meet you at an agreed meeting place, usually at your hotel or apartment.

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  • CAR SERVICE YES

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