Welcome on a student tour to Salisbury Christmas Market and Portsmouth Christmas Festival. See one of the best Christmas markets and one of the best Christmas festivals, all in one amazing day!
All times are given as a guideline and depend on circumstances on the day.
Portsmouth will be hosting the Dickensian Christmas Festival in the Historic Dockyard. Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. The city puts on a great show based around his work and the Victorian age. Entrance onto the famous historic ships is included as well as the other attractions in the ticket price. See colourful classic characters in costume, street performers, music, markets and more.
Portsmouth is a very old historic city on the south coast of England and has been the home of the Royal Navy for over 500 years. On arrival in Portsmouth your guide will show you some of the oldest parts of the city along with some of the newest.
One of the newest structures in the city is the Spinnaker Tower. The sightseeing tower is 550 feet tall and you can access the viewing platform by lift (admission not included) to get wonderful views of the city and along the coast.
The City of Salisbury is dominated by its 800-year-old cathedral; its tall spire can be seen for many miles and is the tallest in the UK. The cathedral is also home to one of the original copies of the ‘Magna Carta’ and to the oldest working clock in the world. Surrounding the Cathedral will be a large Christmas market, thought to be one of the best in England.
The cathedral precinct contains many historic buildings including the house used as a royal court by King Charles II when the plague ravished London, you will also see the building where the composer Handel composed many of his works. Near the cathedral you will find the Salisbury Museum, the museum’s collections span the history and archaeology of Salisbury and south Wiltshire, from prehistoric times to the present day. The Museum is designated by the Arts Council as having archaeology collections of outstanding national importance.
In the city centre you will find the Market Square where a market has been held every Saturday since the 13th century. Around the edge of the market are many cafes and pubs for food and refreshment, including the haunted Haunch of Venison pub.
Optional extras are also available, but they are not included in the tour price.