Portsmouth draws in families over half term break

HMS Warrior is among attractions that bring half-term visitors to the city  Picture: Steve Wallace
HMS Warrior is among attractions that bring half-term visitors to the city Picture: Steve Wallace

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  • City is one of 15 most visited places during October half term
  • Attractions such as the historic dockyard and the Emirates Spinnaker Tower draw in crowds
  • Other popular destinations include Liverpool, Bristol and Bournemouth
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PORTSMOUTH is one of the most popular cities to visit during the half-term school holidays.

It’s among 15 across the country to see large numbers of visitors during the October break, which is just over a week away.

This is a fantastic indication of the regeneration programme that Portsmouth has undergone over the last 18 months

Councillor Donna Jones

The city has a wealth of attractions for families including the historic dockyard, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower and the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said it’s good news for the city.

‘This is a fantastic indication of the regeneration programme that Portsmouth has undergone over the past 18 months.

‘It’s another reinforcement that the city’s attractions such as the historic dockyard, the Blue Reef Aquarium, Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower are appealing not just to the south east of England but across the whole of the UK.

‘Coupled with the advertising campaign that South West Trains is running on trains across the whole of London, this is great news for Portsmouth.’

John Rawlinson is the director of visitor experience at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, which houses the Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, alongside the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

He said: ‘I think it’s great that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is singled out as one of the places to visit for families.

‘There is probably nowhere else in the world where families can go on board real ships that are hundreds of years old.

‘From climbing walls, have-a-go archery and re-enactments to getting out on the water, we believe we have something for all ages.’

Sarah Webb is the general manager at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic to hear that Portsmouth has been highlighted as one of the best destinations for families this half-term, but it’s hardly a surprise.

‘The city offers such an incredible wealth of attractions for all the family.’

The survey was carried out by travel firm holidaylettings.co.uk, which found that Portsmouth was one of the most popular destinations during October half-term last year. Other popular destinations include Liverpool, Bristol, Newquay, Bournemouth, Cambridge and Matlock in Derbyshire.

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