Southsea Beach is a place you’ll never tire of — it’s exciting, vibrant, and entertaining, offering fascinating museums, plenty of interesting places to visit, and some of the south coast’s most historic sites.
A stone’s throw from two of Southsea’s main shopping and dining streets, Palmerston Road and Osborne Road, the seafront offers breathtaking views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, with Spitbank Fort, No Man’s Land Fort, and Horse Sand Fort standing tall and proud in the water.
Experience wartime history at the D-Day Museum, Britain’s only museum dedicated entirely to exclusively exploring the Normandy landings, and home to the Overlord Embroidery, the largest work of its kind in the world, tracing the D-Day landings from beginning to end.
Families will love Clarence Pier, with its trio of huge indoor entertainment centres, including Pirate Pete’s Adventure Playground for the youngsters, bowling, air hockey, a casino for the over-18s, and other games, many of which will strike parents as quite nostalgic and retro!
There’s also a traditional fairground with a myriad of thrilling rides, a pirate-themed crazy golf course, and Pier Pressure, the UK’s first double-decker extreme aerial high-ropes challenge, which will prove a test for even the bravest of souls and unfearing of minds!
The Pyramids Centre is another of the many attractions along the seafront, with unique glass architecture, a range of pools for various ages, fun flumes, a wave machine, and a café. It’s positioned right beside Southsea’s gorgeous rock gardens, not too far away from Blue Reef Aquarium, home to a vast array of tropical fish and underwater creatures, Southsea Skatepark, and Southsea Bandstand and Castle Field — both hosts of fantastic events during the summer.
Hovertravel Ltd. offers rides across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, the Royal Marines Museum will take you on a whirlwind journey of the history of the green berets, and Exhilaration Boat Rides run 15-minute to full-day trips out onto the water. Southsea Castle holds an intriguing history, and is also home to the Yellow Kite café.
Dotted along the seafront are talking telescopes which you can use to get filled in on the sights while gazing out to the Solent, its forts, and the Isle of Wight on the horizon. And, in the summer, grab your floral beachwear, one of those towels with the comfy built-in pillows, and a bucket and spade for the young kids (and big kids) and head to the seafront for a family outing, tanning session, or dip in the water.
Hungry? Pop into Mozzarella Joes, known for its wide spectrum of dishes, open-plan kitchen and pizza oven, stunning balcony views over the Solent, and warm and cosy decor, and a perfect venue for everything from family gatherings to exciting parties. Or head to Southsea Beach Café to grab some locally sourced fish and chips and a beach front cocktail.
Southsea Beach, Portsmouth