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Turn the streets of Southsea into a 'whodunnit' treasure hunt adventure!

Discover Southsea's amazing history and secret hidden gems
Combine your skills to crack the clues and unravel the epic tale
Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure to treasure with your friends
Includes 4 historic taverns en route

In the summer of 1910, Southsea's iconic laughing sailor became the victim of a terrible crime, after a mysterious figure smashed the machine and silenced his laugh forever. Was it an act of revenge? Nobody knows. But the villain left a trail of clues, and this is where you come in...

The pages of your Mystery Guide™ take you on an exciting puzzle adventure through the heart of Southsea, as you follow the maps, unlock the clues, and unravel the epic tale. Plus, an exciting twist awaits… Make it to the end and you'll be struck by an amazing 'wow' moment when the case is solved and the villain is revealed before your eyes!

Simply grab your Mystery Guide™, head to the start, and set off at a time that suits you. Don't let the villain get away... Your time to start is now!

Distance - 4.5 km
Duration - 3+ hours

This is a self-guided treasure hunt which begins at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ. Please note: The museum is closed on Mondays. Simply show the staff a copy of your payment receipt, and they will issue you with The Mystery of the Laughing Sailor activity book. Bank holidays may affect opening times.

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    • GrandTour50733614174
      Good fun...
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th May 2024
      Did the London tour.. Good fun, learnt some interesting historical facts and found some new drinking venues.... Challenging enough without needing super brains.... Read full review
    • Claire W
      A fun way to explore
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 28th May 2024
      This was such a fun way to see all the main sites and gain a bit of historical knowledge along the way! We only had a couple of days in Bath and so this guide helped us to decide which sites we... Read full review
    • janetwN6304QB
      Great day out and great value
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 28th May 2024
      We all enjoyed getting to know more about the city. There were plenty of places to stop along the way too. I would recommend. Also a lovely gift. Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Southsea Treasure Hunt: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor

    Type:Walking Tour

    Starts at Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LJ

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    Opening Times

    The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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