A brief guide to the Millennium Promenade in Portsmouth, England

MatthewA By MatthewA, 17th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Portsmouth, in England, is a city that has a notable stretch of coastline. Among the highlights of Portsmouth and Southsea is the Millennium Promenade. This promenade stretches from the historic dockyards to Clarence Pier at Southsea.

Where does the Millennium Promenade begin?

As mentioned, the promenade begins at the entrance to the historic dockyards, at the tourist information office beside the HMS Warrior. Strictly speaking, the historic dockyards is not a part of the promenade, although you can still get a great glimpse of the HMS Warrior, which dominates the harbor around the hard interchange outside Portsmouth and Southsea Station. This was the first iron-hulled warship to have been constructed in the 19th century. Take note of the chain motif on the path at the beginning of the promenade and follow it, as this highlights the promenade route. Alternatively, you could just pick up map from the tourist office.

Gunwharf and the Spinnaker Tower

The promenade passes through the Gunwharf Quay shopping precinct. At Gunwharf Quay, there is a bowlplex, casino, cinema and Holiday Inn Express hotel that is located on the canal side of Gunwharf. You cannot miss the Spinnaker Tower which raises some 500 feet above Gunwharf for splendid views of the surrounding harbor. This includes three levels and the Cafe in the Clouds. For a boat tour around the harbor, it's also worth taking note of the Portsmouth Harbor waterbus, which has departure point located at Gunwharf marina.

Portsmouth's old town

When you leave Gunwharf, the promenade continues along the coast of Portsmouth's old town. This is an especially interesting section of the promenade as it passes round the old Camber harbor, which dates back centuries. Once this was a harbor where spices and coal arrived, although today it’s more of a base for fishing trawlers.

There are also a number of pubs located in Portsmouth's old town around the Camber. Pubs such as the Tavern, Still and West and the Wellington are three that may be worth noting. The Tavern is at 54th East Street, Still and West 2 Bath Square and the Wellington at 62 High Street.

The Round Tower and the Square Tower are two old coastal fortifications along the promenade. The roof of the Round Tower is open, while the Square Tower is another tower located further along the promenade. In between the towers lies a stretch of shingled beach and the remains of the old and now currently disused, Victoria Pier.

Beyond the Square Tower, the Millennium Promenade continues up to the Clarence Pier. It is here that the promenade effectively ends. Alternatively, for those arriving from Southsea this can be where the promenade begins! Either way, the Millennium Promenade has plenty of highlights.


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