When the shopping around Gunwharf Quays get too busy and you want to visit more serene surroundings, take the five-minute walk to the Historic Dockyard and soak up a bit of history.
Portsmouth can be quite hectic, especially around Gunwharf Quays where there are lots of shops, cafes, casino, bars, restaurants etc. Just a five-minute walk from there however, you can be in the very picturesque old dockyard, which in my opinion, is the perfect place to escape to for a while.
The Portsmouth tourist information describes the dockyard as:
“Visit the world-famous historic ships at the home of the Royal Navy. Go aboard HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, and see the Mary Rose Museum for the best day out in the South of England. Portsmouth Harbour’s leading attraction also includes the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours. The Historic Dockyard is a great place to experience 800 years of naval history surrounded by working docks and historic buildings. We have lots of things to do for the kids, plenty of family events, school holiday activities, talks, and exhibitions.”
Even if you don’t go in the museums and shops, it is a nice area to walk around and there are lots of lovely photo opportunities to be had. I am just so disappointed that one of my cameras failed that day so I have such limited photos.