Southsea's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure – Mystery Guides
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Southsea's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure

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Day 1

12pm

Start your Mystery Guides adventure

Your mystery begins…Portsmouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Pop in to discover more about the area (Entry is free, museum open from 10am - closed on Mondays)

 

Clues 1 - 8: How did a battleship become a nightclub?

In the first half of your adventure, you'll discover Castle Road, Southsea Common and the D Day Story - where on arrival you'll be greeted by a landing craft called LCT 7074 (the last remaining of its kind from the D Day landings!). After the war had ended, the craft found its way to Liverpool where it was turned into a nightclub and sadly sunk in Birkenhead docks. Due to its historical importance, LCT 7074 was recovered and restored and sits outside the museum as a poignant reminder of those who lost their life at war.

(Although you don't need to enter the museum to solve the clue, it is well worth a visit. Tickets are an additional cost.)

 

Take a Break!

Around the halfway point of your adventure, why not sit down and relax at the Jolly Sailor. A popular name for pubs across the UK, the word ‘jolly’ was a nickname for soldiers being carried on a warship - a ‘royal jolly’ referred to the marines. 

 

Clues 9-16: There's No Business Like Show Business

In the second part of your adventure, you'll discover Southsea shops, Albert Road and the King's Theatre. The theatre itself was caught up in mystery when in 1998, the statue that once sat on top of the theatre was discovered in a local scrapyard. Fortunately, the statue was salvaged and can now be found in the theatre lobby!

 

4pm (approx.)

Finish your adventure

Your mystery ends…not far from the King's Theatre

Grab a bite to eat in one of the many eateries along Albert Road. 

Southsea Seafront

Stay the Night

Treat yourself to an overnight escape and stay in the remarkable Queens Hotel (clue 5 on your adventure), often labelled as the coastal crown jewel. Notable guests to the hotel include General Eisenhower, Beatrix Potter, the Royal Family and Rowan Atkinson (who filmed two episodes of Mr Bean there!)

 

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Day 2

Pitch, Putt and Perfect Cakes

A local legend around the South Coast, the Tenth Hole boasts scrumptious cakes and sweet treats but also an array of savoury dishes too (their mac & cheese is a popular choice!). The eatery sits alongside a 9-hole pitch & putt course so you can build up an appetite! 

 

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

No trip to the seaside would be complete without a visit to an arcade. In Southsea's Clarence Pier, you'll find an array of traditional arcade games along with rollercoasters and rides! The pier first opened in 1861 and during WW2 was subject to heavy bombing.