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Winchester & Portsmouth

3 days

Day One:

En route to Portsmouth, meet the Blue Badge guide in Winchester where we visit the Cathedral, the longest mediaeval building in the world. This is a Cathedral tour with a difference – a people’s tour – more folk than fabric. From a King rotten to the core to the brave diver (yes diver!) who saved the Cathedral. and pick out the Jane Austen links in the city where the author dies 200 years ago this year. We follow this with a scenic drive through the Meon Valley to the Royal Maritime Hotel Portsmouth to check in for dinner.

Day Two:

After breakfast we depart the hotel in the company of our local Blue Badge guide . We are going to start the day with panoramic tour to tell the story of Portsmouth. You are never far from the sea here - it is the only UK city to be built on an island. Alfred the Great founded the first English Navy in Portsmouth and King Henry VIII set up the Royal Dockyard – Portsmouth continues to be the home of the Royal Navy today. We will visit Palmerston’s Nelson Fort up on the hill overlooking the city and call in at the quirky early Victorian Southwick Brewhouse which last saw active service in 1957 when master brewer Dick Olding hung up his keys for the last time. We take a very pleasant flat walk through Old Portsmouth before taking a break to buy a light lunch at Gunwharf Quay. The afternoon is devoted to the Mary Rose Museum in the Historic Royal Dockyard. Your ticket also includes the option of a harbour tour. On returning to our centrally located hotel to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours before your 3 course dinner is served in the hotel.

Day Three:

Check out after breakfast and leave your bags with the hotel concierge. Enjoy a free morning to enjoy Portsmouth - enjoy a spot of shopping at Gunwharf Quay or visit the Spinnaker Tower before making tracks for home early afternoon.

• 2 nights DBB Royal Maritime Hotel

• Cooked & Continental Breakfast

• 3 course , 3 choice dinner each night

• Blue Badge Guide Days 1 & 2

• All entrances Day 1 & 2

• 10 single rooms free of supplement

• Group organiser place inc everything

• Coach Driver bed, board and parking

• 100% Passenger Payment Protection

• Free GTO Liability Insurance

minimum 25 people


The 3* Royal Maritime Hotel was set up to look after sailors and marines who were “between ships”. The club gained Royal patronage in 1855 when Prince Albert visited the hotel. The hotel is still popular with ex-serviceman but also welcomes non Naval or Military groups. It is a 3* hotel with a swimming pool that has recently been refurbished and is just 200 yards from the Historic Dockyard.

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