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.
Private Guided Walks & Talks
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 marked 100 years since the start of the First World War, and Portsmouth will be commemorating this centenary with a programme of events from 2014 to 2018. This walk provides a brilliant insight into how Portsmouth was affected by the outbreak of war. Make sure you visit /things-to-do/portsmouth-historic-dockyard-p54183Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where you can explore the new Battle of Jutland exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, opening in May 2016.
- 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.
Guided Walk Gift Vouchers
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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The year is 1879 and HMS Warrior has returned to Portsmouth after a long tour of duty around friendly ports. But all is not well below decks and the crew have reported strange happenings after dark.
The legendary Manor House of Wymering has dominated the ghost stories of Portsmouth for generations. You will hear tales inspired by the history of the house and see for yourselves why this house has become legendary.