Portsmouth Tourism   3 comments

palmerston's folly

Portsmouth was a fun trip, chosen because I haven’t used most of my month-and-a-half holiday time with only three months left in the employee calendar.  I also intended to spend some time at the Royal Dockyards Historic Site but time got away from us.  Some of the things we DID manage to do was spend time at the beach and hike around the fortifications set up to stop the French at various points over the last 600 years.

One of the more interesting bits was the lecture/tor-guide-spiel we received from a guy on the ferry back from Isle of Wight regarding the Palmerston’s Follies.  These mini-islands were built as fortifications in response to the Napoleonic Wars and have never had a shot fired in anger from their precincts.  One is now a luxury hotel but they are all fairly odd bits of history.

palmerston's follies in the solent looking toward iow

The queue at the entrance to the Dockyards was oppressively long and as we had already enjoyed a morning touring the Highland Cemetery we opted to watch tourists, catch our breath, and head for the Isle of Wight Ferry (the Dockyards have been there almost a millenium; they’ll be there when we return).

hms warrior 1860  hms warrior 1860 front

Speaking of Millenia, the Millenium Tower, also known as the Spinaker, will still stand awaiting our return (hopefully with discount tickets next time):

spinaker tower portsmouth

The Mudlarks statue gave me the creeps on many levels.  This little girl lifting her hem for the bloated bloke was marginally worse than the fact that these kids would wallow in mud for pennies thrown from cruise ships:

mudlarks monument

A hip Swindon connection I wasn’t aware of came with the discovery, mid-run, of a monument to Brunel who was born nearby.  There was also a plaque where Arthur Conan Doyle practised medicine before embarking on his career as a junkie author.

brunel portsmouth monument

The mural of the map of town was decorated with famous Portsmouthians (I still haven’t picked out Kipling who absolutely hated his childhood boarding experiences here):

portsmouth map mural

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