Spice Island Guided Walk
Discover the streets, buildings and stories in Old Portsmouth on a guided walk
Guided Walks & Talks
Packed with centuries of history, dazzling architecture and famous points of interest, Portsmouth is the perfect place to discover by foot or on a coach with one of our expert guides from Portsmouth Tourism Guiding Service.
Throughout the year we have a packed programme of guided walks and talks covering everything from Portsmouth's involvement in the D-Day landings to public art in the city.
Don't miss our spook-tacular evening ghost walks uncovering the dark side of Portsmouth's history that run throughout the summer and autumn.
For a full listing of all upcoming guided walks and talks, check out our guide below.
If you want one of our expert guides all to yourself, then you can book a personalised, private guided talk or walk. Here are some of our favourite walks;
- Spice Island - Discover the story The Point (also known as Spice Island), named for its importance as a major port importing exotic spices from around the world. It’s here that the city sprung to life, and the perfect starting point to uncover the history of Portsmouth. We recommend this walk for visitors that are looking for a general introduction to the city and its history.
- Nelson Trail - Follow the last steps of Admiral Horatio Nelson, uncovering the places and buildings that Nelson would have passed through and visited before he boarded HMS Victory. Team this walk with a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and learn about life on-board Nelson's Victory.
- The Birthplace of Dickens - Born in Portsmouth on 7th February 1812, Charles Dickens is one of the city's most famous inhabitants. On this guided walk you'll discover the story of Charles' family and some of the places that may have influenced his later works. Pair this walk with a visit to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum for the full literary experience.
- Portsmouth and the Great War - 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War 1. This walk provides a brilliant insight into how Portsmouth was affected by the outbreak of war. Make sure you visit Portsmouth Museum's "Lest We Forget" exhibition.
- Portsmouth and D-Day - On 6th June, 1944 allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy signalling the beginning of the end of World War 2. This walk will explain how Portsmouth played an important part in lead up to D-Day. Make sure you don't miss out on the D-Day Museum in Southsea.
A private guided walk for up to 25 people begins from just £38. Contact us to discuss your own guided walk, talk or tour.
Are you looking for a unique gift for your friends or family? A guided walk gift voucher is the perfect present for the history-buff in your life. Invite from 2 - 20 friends on a guided walk to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday.
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Sunday 21st February - Discover dastardly deeds and mysterious events.
Sunday 28th February - Portsmouth Guiding Service will be delving into the history of the funfair tradition, Punch and Judy.
Sunday 20th March 2016 - Local guided walk led by one of our registered Blue Badge Guides.