Portsmouth Harbour Tour
For me, summer vacation should include some sort of boat ride.I grew up boarding ships with my dad. He was a ship chandler when I was younger. We were on the Hampshire/Southampton border last year and we took our family to Gun Wharf and enjoyed the Harbour Tour. It was just under an hour and we got a little taste of naval history and saw some phenomenal vessels. We were fortunate to see a few rare naval ships that were heading out the following day.
As we approached the port, I thought Virgin had their head offices there. In fact, the office was the largest cruise ship I have ever seen. It is called The Scarlet Lady It was a sight to see, and we were very fortunate as it departed for New York the following day.
We never booked ahead for our tour, it felt quite liberating, especially at this time when everything needs to be planned. Within 20 minutes, from parking to walking to the kiosk to pay, to boarding, we were listening to the captain as he navigated the boat around the port. The commentary shared the history of the port and the vessels that were docked there at the time.
The day was grey, so we never went up the Spinnaker, the other attraction you can do in Portsmouth. Travelling is wonderful, but sometimes it is great to be a tourist in your own country and negate the chaos at the airports.
Here is the link to the website Portsmouth Boat Trip they have much better footage than I managed to take, which will give you a taste of the harbour tour.
We were fortunate to see the Amaryllis, a £100 million, yes, £100 million yacht! It can be rented for £675k per week, it was gorgeous to look at. Here is the link if you want to see what £100 million can buy you The Amaryllis Yacht.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the shopping at Gun Wharf Quays, every designer brand and most of the restaurants that you can think of are there. ‘Gun Wharf Quays is the South Coast’s leading designer shopping outlet and home to over 90 stores with up to 60% off all day, every day’. So if you are into shopping you can mix your tour with a little retail therapy.
Be a tourist in your own country.