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2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It is a great year to visit Portsmouth which played a pivotal role in the operation that turned the tide of World War II. Visit Fort Nelson, the Allied Commanders' brewhouse in the original D-Day village and the wonderfully revamped D-Day Story in Southsea - home of the Overlord Embroidery - 34 hand-stitched panels telling the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Our day begins, with panoramic views across the city and harbour, up at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill at 10.30am for time to buy morning coffee (or midday for an early lunch). It's a great place to start. From up here you look over the whole City and gain an insight into its strategic importance as a naval base. Nestling beneath the hill, the sleepy village of Southwick became the centre of Operation Overlord.

Up at the big house Allied Commanders gave the signal to launch the landings.

In the village the Golden Lion became the unofficial Officers Mess. We visit the perfectly preserved and still working Victorian Brew House which supplied the beer for Monty and General Eisenhower - an almost unique and little-known gem.

Opt to add a group lunch in Monty's D-Day pub, break for free time in Southsea or bring a packed lunch and add a Ships in Harbour Cruise from Gunwharf Quays.

The £5 million works at the D-Day Story is money well spent. It has lifted a nationally important collection from a dusty, rather masculine museum to a very engaging and inspiring visit.

The centrepiece is the 300-foot Overlord Tapestry which took highly skilled women at the Royal School of Needlework five years to complete.

There's a cafe on site. We'll head home at 4.45pm or 6.00pm if you started with us at midday.

2020 D-Day SleepOver

Stay two nights at the Royal Maritime Club just a few minutes walk from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Enjoy the D-Day tour as described plus a visit to the Mary Rose and Dockyard, a Ships in Harbour tour and free time for Gunwharf Quays. Available throughout 2020 this two night, three day SleepOver includes coaching throughout, 10 single rooms without supplement, one day Blue Badge Guide, all admissions, 100% Passenger Payment Protection & GTO Liability Insurance. Up to one in ten free.

Adults: £27 Seniors: £25

Available daily except Tuesdays from early June to mid October

Add a 45 minute Ships in

Harbour Cruise £7pp.

Add a two-course lunch

with coffee at Monty’s D-Day

pub for £16pp.

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

25 miles