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Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
About Portsmouth Cathedral
For over 800 years people have been inspired and moved by the history and beauty of Portsmouth Cathedral. From humble beginnings in 1180 at the heart of Portsmouth's original settlement, this church, dedicated to Thomas Becket, became a parish church around 1320 and a Cathedral in 1927. It has been integral to the development of Portsmouth as a modern, vibrant city. The Cathedral reflects the constantly changing, growing and unfolding of the Christian faith, displaying a harmony of three distinct architectural styles which provide a source of light, warmth and space. On your "voyage of discovery" you will see the close connections of the 'Cathedral of the Sea' with the seafaring community and the Royal Navy from the church's foundation.
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Turn the historic streets of Old Portsmouth into the world's largest escape room with this self-guided treasure hunt adventure!

Solve a range of cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles, and hidden objects, as you unravel the historic mystery and discover the identity of the infamous diamond thief!

'The perfect blend of Portsmouth, puzzles, and history!'

On Horatio Nelson's last day on dry land before joining his ship to fight in the Battle of Trafalgar, he stored a valuable diamond necklace in a chest in one of Portsmouth many taverns for safekeeping. That night, the tavern was broken into and the necklace was stolen. You must solve the clues, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to get to the bottom of this historic mystery. This treasure hunt is the best way to see the key historic sights of the city, visit its most atmospheric taverns, and soak up true local stories of its most notorious characters and places.
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Julie W wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom358 contributions94 helpful votes
We saw this on our recent exploration of Portsmouth. The building is beautiful and a great piece of history. Lovely to visit.
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Date of experience: June 2021
Christopher S wrote a review Jun 2021
Rainham, United Kingdom181 contributions137 helpful votes
Given the age of the building I expected to see more history inside this building but it is very modern and not much to look at. Having said this it was a lovely place just to sit in and pray, no matter what your denomination or religion may be.
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Date of experience: June 2021
Lydia V wrote a review Apr 2021
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom351 contributions25 helpful votes
Walking through Portsmouth and came upon the cathedral. Saved us from the rain and was a great surprise! Friendly staff and quite large inside Enjoyed a little wander around before the 12 oclock prayers Would recommend for history lovers
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Date of experience: April 2021
AvidTraveler12 wrote a review Dec 2020
Winchester, United Kingdom1553 contributions2806 helpful votes
We arrived shortly before closing time & thought we would have to rush around, in fact, we did not have to, as only the newly built part is available to view and not very inspiring. The small old part was cordoned off like other large parts of this small cathedral. The staff were very helpful. If you are in the Old Portsmouth area, its worth spending 20 minutes visiting the interior.
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Date of experience: December 2020
2 Helpful votes
MYDOGISFINN wrote a review Nov 2020
Emsworth, United Kingdom752 contributions302 helpful votes
This was my first visit for many years. Good to see that the Cathedral was open, even during Lockdown v2. Very welcoming guides at the door but only the more modern part of the cathedral open to the public. It is surprisingly light inside but not very inspiring. It only became a cathedral in the 1920s and is not in the same category as places like Winchester and Salisbury. Worth a quick visit if you are in the area but not really that interesting.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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