Exploring Southsea

There is more to Portsmouth than Fratton football stadium and Gunwharf Quays. It’s full of vibrant places to go as a student.

Here’s some cheap places to go….

On a warmer day there’s nothing better than going to Clarence Pier with some friends and playing a bit of Crazy golf after a few games in the arcades. The 18-hole Pirate golf course has a discounted price of £3.50 each for students (bargain!). It’s a great place to realise your lack of aiming skills, but it’s also a time to let your-inner child come out and play again.

Then venture down to Southsea’s quirky café, Pie & Vinyl, who are known for combining their passion for music and old- fashioned comfort foods in a cosy shop along Castle Road. The vintage style café sells a wide range of immaculate pies with mash and liquor whilst playing the latest songs on Vinyl records. Sit down in this unique and upbeat little shop and treat yourself to the works for £9.

Or, you could simply gander down to Canoe Lake for a free, beautiful view of black and white swans peacefully swimming along the blue water. But, you could also find yourself sat in their swan-shaped pedalos with a friend, and roam across the lake for an hour or so- priced at £7 altogether. Once you are done with the lake, take a romantic walk through the Rose Garden which is filled with over 40 varieties of gorgeous different coloured roses.


If that isn’t your type of thing then take a detour to Portsmouth’s free Natural history museum, Cumberland House. The museum is open all year round Tuesday to Sunday, and features over 114,000 natural science specimens collected from the South-East of England – it even includes fossils, an observational beehive and a butterfly house!

As you’re in the area you may as well pop down to the Tenth Hole and indulge on their marvellous peanut butter & cookie cake for less than a fiver.  The modern daytime café serves breakfast, lunch, cakes and afternoon tea right next to their “Pitch & Putt” golf course. It’s a great place to fix that sweet tooth of yours for the right price.

However if you just want to be that stereotypical student that comes home wasted, take a trip down to Hong Kong Charlies (HKC) down Palmerston Road. It is by far the most amazing vodka bar that combines your favourite sweets with vodka (yum!). Imagine sipping on fizzy bubble-gum bottle vodka with lemonade for just £3.50. It tastes so good you wouldn’t even know it’s vodka. Don’t miss out on the long Sweet and Frozen vodkas for £2.30 every Monday to Thursday either!

Student Tip: HKC has 2-4-1 cocktails every Thursday before 10pm!

Sophie Wood

20 | South- East London | University of Portsmouth

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