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Welcome On behalf of Portsmouth Festivities, welcome to the Spice Island Arts Trail! We are really pleased you’ve decided to take part and hope it will be an enjoyable day. The Arts Trail will take place in five different venues across Spice Island: the Square Tower; The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club; Portsmouth Grammar School; Portsmouth Cathedral and the Round Tower. On Pages 57 of this guide you will find a map along with directions for each venue. We hope these will prove useful when walking from each venue, if you do need directions or assistance please speak to one of our volunteers on the day who will be able to assist you. Please note: Each venue has varied access due to the nature and age of some of the buildings. Please look out for the following symbols below in the guide (pages 6-7) this should give you an idea of what to expect. Disabled Access– for a full access guide please visit our website

Parking Available

Refreshments Available

Portsmouth Festivities cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained while walking along the route, visitors should be alert on public pathways and crossings and be aware of any potential hazards. Portsmouth Festivities 2013 is proud to be working in partnership with

History Of Spice Island

Arts Trail Map

During the 12th Century Old Portsmouth flourished and, in 1194, Richard I granted the town a charter. However the town then went into decline as a consequence of the war with France. The attacks resulted in many buildings being destroyed. However many buildings constructed of masonry were able to withstand the attacks and still remain here today, for example the church of St Thomas is now the Anglican Cathedral.


‘Spice Island’ (also known as Old Portsmouth) acted as the starting point for Portsmouth's expansion and consequently has a rich and interesting history. Many of the historic buildings are still present, for example the ‘Old Defenses’ are still in place and you can walk along the ‘Hot Walls’, part of the fortifications for the harbour entrance. It is known as ‘Spice Island’ because it is where all the spices from overseas used to enter the city.


The war with France also led to fortifications being built which were continually maintained and enhanced in the following centuries. The importance of Portsmouth Harbour as a naval base also became apparent and in 1418 the Round Tower was built to protect the entrance to the Harbour.




(Courtesy of Friends of Old Portsmouth Association)


Wheelchair access on ground floor Pay and Display on-street parking

Refreshments available at café please mention the arts trail for a 10% discount off tea & coffee.


Access by ramp of slope at entrance with automatic door Pay and Display on-street parking

Refreshments available at café please mention the arts trail for a 10% discount off tea & coffee


Level access through entrance into courtyard. Pay and Display on-street parking

The 1st stop on the arts trail is the Craft Fayre located inside the Square Tower. Here you will find a range of different artists exhibiting their work. There is also a café, feel free to pop in and pick up a refreshment if you mention the arts trail you will receive 10% discount off tea and coffee.

The 2nd stop is the Royal Albert Yacht Club at Pembroke Road. From the Square Tower head east along Broad Street, after 0.1 miles turn right onto Pembroke road, your destination will be on the left hand side. Walk from Point 1: 0.2 miles, 4-6 minutes (based on average walking speed)

The 3rd stop is Portsmouth Grammar School on the High Street. From the Yacht Club head northwest on Pembroke Road towards Penny Street then turn right onto the High Street, after 0.2 miles you will reach the school which is on the right hand side. Enter through the gates and follow signs to visit the Celestial Microscope. Walk from Point 2: 0.3miles, 5-7 minutes (based on average walking speed)


Ramp access available at entrances and throughout the building Pay and Display on-street parking

Refreshments available– no discount applicable at this venue


Ramp access available at entrance. As a historic venue the flooring is uneven

Pay and Display on-street parking

The 4th stop is Portsmouth Cathedral on the High Street. From the Portsmouth Grammar School head north-east on the High Street towards Pembroke Road, after 0.2 miles you will reach the Cathedral which is on the right hand side. Enter through the main door, there will be volunteers on hand to direct you to the artists work. The 5th stop is the Round Tower located on Broad Street. From the Cathedral head south-east on Broad Street towards White Hart Road. Continue round the bend and half way up Broad Street you will find the Round Tower. Inside you fill find a variety of artwork created by students from Schools in Portsmouth and the IOW. This is the final stop on the arts trail, however if you wish to extend your trip please see the box below.

Aspex is more than a gallery, it’s a space for questions: creating conversations and cultivating connections. Based in the historic Vulcan Building, you can find them behind Loch Fyne in Gunwharf Quays for contemporary art, coffee and craft to buy. Free craft activities for kids will be available today from 11-4pm. Walk from Point 5: 0.5 miles, 15 minute walk (based on average walking speed)

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