Southsea Journals

Spend a Weekend in Southsea

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A travel journal to Southsea by frangliz

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Quote: Southsea may not be the most fashionable south coast resort, but there are plenty of activities on offer and a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Here is an overview, along with reviews of two guest houses, a restaurant and a tearoom.

D-Day Museum

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Attraction | "Lest We Forget"

D-Day Museum Photo, Southsea, England
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Southsea's D-Day Museum is dedicated to the events leading to the invasion of Normandy by the Allied Forces on 6th June 1944 and the invasion itself. The museum is appropriately situated close to the sea front, next to the somewhat older Southsea Castle. Opposite the museum stands a statue of Lord Montgomery, and just outside are two examples of tanks used during World War II, a statue of a dejected soldier, and a 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun.Entrance to the museum is through automatic sliding glass doors; just inside is the reception desk where tickets are sold. I visited in January 2010, at which time local residents were granted free admission on production of a library card. I presume th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2010

D-Day Museum
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3NT
44 2392 827261

Soprano's

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Restaurant | "Sing for Your Supper at Soprano's"

Soprano's Photo, Southsea, England
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I don't usually go to restaurants as part of a large group of people, but my visit to Soprano's in Palmerston Road, Southsea, was an exception to this rule. A colleague of ten years (mine of eight of those) was leaving to go and live with a Welsh farmer, so we had to give her a fitting send off. Soprano's was recommended to us by one of our younger colleagues, and knowing that it had won an award for best restaurant in the Portsmouth area in 2006, we were happy to go along with her choice; she made a booking several weeks in advance for thirteen of us (all women) for 7pm one Saturday evening. The superstitious among us were perhaps a little relieved that on the day only eleven attended.Sop...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2009

Soprano's
108 Palmerston Road
Southsea, England PO5 3PT
023 9281 1139

Esk Vale Guest House

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Hotel | "B&B Near the Sea"

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In July 2007 I stayed in two guest houses in Southsea during the period between moving out of a house and moving into a flat. The first was the Esk Vale Guest House on Granada Road, just a stone's throw from the sea front, South Parade Pier and the Canoe Lake. I booked a single room, and was told that the only one available shared a shower room and toilet with another room, but I accepted as it was both holiday time and graduation week at Portsmouth University. The room was on the first floor overlooking the street - not a busy road, but there was quite loud music emanating from Southsea Anglers' Club (directly opposite) on the Saturday evening.The room was very small but had obviously been refu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2009

Esk Vale Guest House
39 Granada Road
Southsea, England PO4 0RD
023 9286 2639

Everley Guest House

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Hotel | "The 39 Steps to My Room"

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In July 2007 I stayed in two guest houses in Southsea in a period between selling my house and moving into a flat. After spending the weekend at Esk Vale Guest House, from the Monday to the Thursday morning I was at the Everley Guest House on Festing Road, about half a mile from the seafront. I was asked to make a deposit of £10 when I rang to make the booking, but this would have been refunded had I cancelled at least twenty-four hours in advance. I asked for a single room but was told that I would in fact be given a twin ensuite room for the price of a single, which was £26. There were, however, thirty-nine steps to climb! I managed them and was surprised at how spacious the room was in comparison t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2009

Everley Guest House
33 Festing Rd
Southsea, England
023 92731001

Tenth Hole Tearoom

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Restaurant | "Who Needs Golf?"

Tenth Hole Tearoom Photo, Southsea, England
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Every few weeks I meet up with a couple of old schoolfriends for Saturday lunch. We usually go to the Vegetarian Greenhouse Cafe, not because we are vegetarians, but because they never mind how long you sit and chat at your table. Before leaving, we always fix another date a few weeks hence. As we decided (back in June) on a mid-August Saturday, we thought it would be the height of summer and that The Tenth Hole on Eastern Parade, near Southsea sea front, would be the ideal venue.When the day came, the sky was heavy with grey clouds but at least it wasn't raining. We managed to find a free parking space very close to the tearoom. The Tenth Hole is thus named as it is right beside Southsea ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2009

Tenth Hole Tearoom
Southsea Golf Links - Eastern Parade
Southsea PO4 9RF
+44 2392 830 009

An Overview of Southsea, England

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View from Southsea seafront Photo, Southsea, England
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I was born just a stone's throw from Southsea seafront and lived there until I was nineteen, returning to visit my parents most summers and some Christmases after that. Following many years abroad I came back to live in Southsea in 1999, first in South Street and then in a flat in Festing Road, funnily enough just a few doors down from my parents' first house. I moved away again in 2002 but returned in 2007, and I feel that my link with Southsea will carry on for some time yet. 

My first home in Festing Road was next door to a bed and breakfast place, and I remember that every summer they had parties of senior citizens come to stay. This was in the fifties, and I think at that time Souths...Read More

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