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Student Tour Salisbury (Christmas Market) & Portsmouth

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 Welcome on a student tour to Salisbury Christmas Market & Portsmouth.


All times are given as a guideline and depend on circumstances on the day.

  • 10:00 Arrive in Portsmouth and start of walking tour with guide around Portsmouth seafront finishing at Historic Dockyard for entrance to the festival (optional if you choose this version of the tour, purchase tickets on the day)
  • 10:45 Free time for shopping and lunch at Gunwharf Quays shopping and entertainment complex including Spinnaker Tower
  • 13:00 Depart for Salisbury
  • 14:00 Walking tour around Salisbury and time to enjoy the Christmas Market and visit Salisbury Cathedral 
  • 17:30 Depart to go home
  • 18:30 Finish in Bournemouth / 19:30 Finish in Oxford


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.

NOTE: 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. If you wish to go to the festival then book our other tour which includes the entrance (but you may buy tickets on the day in Portsmouth at a higher price if you decide to). 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.


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.


  • Transport included
  • Tour manager and map
  • Free time for sights, shops & museums
  • Walking tour in Salisbury centre & Portsmouth historic seafront
  • See Salisbury Cathedral which is surrounded by the impressive Christmas Market 


Optional extras are also available, but they are not included in the tour price.

  • Spinnaker Tower £9 approx.
  • Portsmouth Christmas Festival tickets available on the day (at a higher price than booking with us in advance on the other version of this tour).