The best view of The Solent: Portsdown Hill

I would suggest to any Portsmouth visitor that they should first drive up to Portsdown Hill to gain an unbeatable vista over the city and the Solent.  Obviously it’s best when the weather is clement but that view is intriguing for me (and most locals) in any weather system. To orientate you, on the left hand…

A dream fulfilled: exploring a fort

I grew up in Fareham and Portsmouth so the Victorian land fort defenses on top of Portsdown Hill and the sea forts just off Southsea Beach were on my background radar as places of great interest and intrigue during my childhood.  I was fed stories about all the forts being connected by secret tunnels which…

Regal Ruin – Portchester Castle

Is Portchester Castle a Regal Ruin?  Yes says my friend but I am torn for I have climbed its inner sanctum – the great Keep – and it appeared in remarkably good condition!  It was here that the most important apartments would have been located although later, it housed prisoners during the Napoleonic wars. Of…

Going uptown to Uppark

It’s an odd name for a stately home – Uppark, don’t you think?  It is, however, more simple than you might expect.  It’s so-named due to the fact that you literally go Up to the Park for the house stands atop rolling parkland with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside and the Solent beyond….