Follow my alternative step free guide through Portsmouth with a baby.
Age: 12 Months | Date: July 2017 | Means of transport: Ergo Baby 360 Sling | How I got here: Drove 1hr from Dorset, with a screaming baby in the car seat but it was worth it |How you can get here from London: 2hr drive from London or 1hr40min train from Waterloo London
61 Castle Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3AY
If you like tea, pies and record shopping all under one roof, then Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl Cafe will surely tickle your fancy. They were totally cool with my Baby rummaging through their premises. My Daughter ripped down a post punk poster and they really didn’t mind at all. There’s plenty for a moving toddler to explore there.
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3AD
This is a perfect stopover to accelerate your toddlers energy for the day
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3AA
This colorful amusement park will awaken any moody, teething, tired child’s senses in a flash. There are rides for all ages, including rollacoasters and bumper cars for adults
Starting Point – Spur Redoubt, Long Curtain Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5
A fresh seaside walk, scattered with historial monuments to keep you and baby engaged. There are plenty of benches to sit and watch Portsmouth locals stroll by. A few people were fishing or swimming in the sea while others were soaking up the atmosphere on the pebbled beach. There’s a clean and modern toilet with baby changing facilities on Broad Street.
The Hotwalls Studios, Broad Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2FS
This space exhibits 13 different local artist and designer studios. It gives you a sneak peak into their creative world. It also offers the public direct access to exclusive purchases. We walked away with a few unique handmade cards and postcards. There’s also a lovely little canteen there offering deli-styled wholesome, seasonal, locally sourced food.
We ended our afternoon trip in Portsmouth’s oldest pub. You can set up a high chair at the bar and enjoy half a pint of beer before your breastfeeding duties. There’s a tiny outdoor area for your toddler to wonder around. It’s very cosy, baby friendly with highchairs and accommodating staff
If I had more time I would definitely visit:
Portsmouth Museum – for the ‘how we used to live section’ & Sherlock Holmes Trail