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The ultimate guide for a perfect day in Portsmouth!

Written by Annabel Middleton

It’s time to uncover Portsmouth’s maritime history,
and really discover all the mystery!
Will you brave the Spinnaker’s Sky Walk?
To show that you don’t just talk the talk!

Spinnaker Tower

Family of 4 ticket £43.50 with Picniq!

Start your day off at the Spinnaker Tower to experience some breathtaking views! Head to the top and peer down at the sea and Gunwharf Quays below! If you’re feeling brave, why not have a go at walking the ‘Sky Walk’ on Deck 1, 100m above the Harbour. If this daredevil behaviour isn’t for you, no worries, you can sit back and relax in the ‘Sky Garden’ or visit the Café in the Clouds for a refreshment. The sail-shaped design of this Tower created to represent the Maritime History of the area is an amazing sight and who doesn’t want to say that they’ve been up one of the tallest accessible structures in the UK, outside of London! Book here!

Aspex Art Gallery

Photo credit: Aspex Gallery Portsmouth Facebook

Before you stop for a bite to eat at Gunwharf Quays why not pop into the Aspex Art Gallery which is next door! Entry is free and you’ll get to see work from emerging artists of all ages! The ‘Sink or Float’ exhibition by Jessica Wetherly which draws attention to the pressing issues that affect our waterways is a must-see. Plus, on Saturdays until 1pm the whole family can join in with free creative workshops! From painting and printmaking to model making and inventing your little ones will have a great time. Find out more here!

Bite to eat in Gunwharf Quays

Photo credit: Carluccio’s Gunwharf Quays Facebook

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, take a stop at Gunwharf Quays to enjoy one of the 30 restaurants, bars, or cafés! Stop at Bella Italia for some yummy pizza and pasta or Frankie and Benny’s for some Italian and New York cuisine to suit all the family! If you’re looking for something a bit fancier, Carluccio’s has some of the best Italian food, using fresh seasonal ingredients and handmade pasta sauces, so you won’t be disappointed. Plus, the food shop has some amazing Italian products for you to explore such as oil, coffee, pasta, and handmade chocolates! There’s also Tortilla, Wagamama, Nando’s, and many more restaurants for you to enjoy.

Gunwharf Quays Designer Outlet

Whilst you’re in Gunwharf Quays why not have a look around the shops after lunch! You wouldn’t want to miss some of the amazing deals! It’s the South Coast’s leading designer shopping outlet with over 90 shops and up to 60% off all day. From Adidas and Asics to Hackett and Crew Clothing company, there are so many shops to explore.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Family of 4 annual pass from £95 with Picniq!

After you’ve had a bite to eat and explored the shopping outlet, you can walk just 10 minutes to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! From The Mary Rose Museum and HMS Victory to HMS Warrior and a Harbour Tour, there is so much to see and do. You can see modern frigates, helicopter carriers, destroyers and the dramatic skyline on the Harbour Tour or learn about Tudor England on The Mary Rose! Even if you only have a couple of hours in the afternoon to visit one attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, this ticket gives you an annual pass to all 10 attractions for the whole year, so you can come back as many times as you wish! Book here!

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