“The Waterfront City” of Portsmouth is no slouch when it comes to lively entertainment and activities to stimulate a stag party. Portsmouth is a striking contrast of old and new, with museums, architecture, shopping districts, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs all vying for attention. And weather is no deterrent as Portsmouth has indoor and outdoor activities that will leave your stag do fulfilled.
Like many old cities, Portsmouth is concentrated and easy to get around in on foot or by bicycle. Plus, the city is flat and that’s a definite benefit when using leg power. Your stag do would do well to get out and meet the locals; you may even get a great tip on a pub or exceptional restaurant. If walking isn’t your stag do’s idea of fun, the city has a number of taxis, bus and even ferry services to round out the available options.
Must See/Must Do:
• Spinnaker Tower - this new national landmark that looks, of course, like a giant white spinnaker sail has three viewing towers - one with glass floor. The Tower Cafe/Bar offers stunning views, great coffee and sandwiches and bottled beer.
• Gunwharf Quays - Another newer addition to Portsmouth’s landscape, this entertainment center boasts a mix of 90 designer outlets and 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants along with diverse leisure activities.
• Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - Take a real look at Portsmouth’s maritime history. At the dockyards six attractions learn, through artifacts and other displays, about the ships that shaped Britain.
• Blue Reef Aquarium - With more than 40 displays - including a fantastic otter habitat - the aquarium offers a fascinating window into the world underwater. Of particular interest is a giant tropical reef tank with a walk-through tunnel, tropical sharks and stingrays as well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish.
There have been settlements in the Portsmouth area since before Roman times. The port city has had major military significance for much of its history and was the launching point for Admiral Nelson’s fleet as they sailed into history at the Battle of Trafalgar. Portsmouth was heavily bombed during World War II and some of the post-war redevelopment was not aesthetically driven and left portions of the city in a less-than-attractive state.
Portsmouth’s after-dark options tend toward the reserved. There isn’t as much as far as mega-clubs, but there are a number of fine pubs and traditional bars available, many of which are coupled with extraordinary kitchens. The Portsmouth Brewery Irving & Co. supplies many of the town’s pubs with real beer. At Old Town Portsmouth many old pub can be found lining the cobblestone streets.
Portsmouth has been hailed as the “New Foodie Capital of the South Coast” for good reason. All corners of the globe are represented in the kitchens of Portsmouth. For your Stag Part in Portsmouth, the many restaurants at Port Solent and Gunwharf Quays boast spectacular terraces overlooking the marina and harbour. Or head to Southsea seafront for dining on the beach.