Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Pub and History Treasure Hunt

Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Pub and History Treasure Hunt

From US$ 21.76 per group up to 3

Turn the historic streets of Old Portsmouth into the world's largest escape room on an interactive treasure hunt tour. Solve 18 clues and discover five pubs as you hunt down one elusive diamond thief in the historic city.

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  • Discover the historic streets and taverns of Old Portsmouth
  • Solve 18 interactive clues and puzzles in your quest for an elusive diamond thief
  • Soak up true local stories of Portsmouth's most notorious characters and places
Full description
On Horatio Nelson's last day on dry land before joining his ship to fight in the Battle of Trafalgar, he stored a valuable diamond necklace in a chest in one of Portsmouth’s many taverns for safekeeping. That night, the tavern was broken into and the necklace was stolen. You must solve the clues, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to get to the bottom of this historic mystery. With 18 clues to solve and five pubs to discover, head off in search of the elusive diamond thief. Your adventure begins at the Grand Parade in Old Portsmouth before winding through the old streets and alleys of the old town, passing key historical sights including Portsmouth Cathedral, the Square and Round towers, the Hotwalls Studios, and Spice Island. This treasure hunt is the best way to see the key historical sights in the city, visit the most atmospheric taverns, and soak up true local stories of its most notorious characters and places. The mystery is complete when you return to the scene of the crime and catch the diamond thief who can still be found lurking somewhere in the city.
  • 20% off food in The Bridge Tavern
  • 15% off food and drink in The Wellington Pub
  • 10% off food and drink at The Dolphin
  • 44-page color activity booklet
  • Local guide (guided tour only)
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

The Dolphin, 41 High St, Portsmouth PO1 2LU, UK.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • For the self-guided tour, you will collect a 44-page guided activity booklet containing all puzzles, clues, and maps from a local pub before starting the tour
  • For the guided tour, your local guide will add extra information and will be there to answer your questions and introduce the best of Portsmouth to you and your group
  • The total walking distance is around 3km
  • The duration of the interactive tour is around 2-3 hours
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5 /5

based on 7 reviews

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Thoroughly enjoyed our Old Portsmouth pub and History treasure hunt. It is great that the hunt takes you to look at little jewels of interest and gives you facts about the area in which we have lived, but not known. We were able to talk to a couple of residents who were very friendly. Standing outside the school reading about the history I suddenly became aware that it might be the wrong place to stand. We would thoroughly recommend the adventure with a couple of relaxed stops at the various pubs, alcohol not mandatory

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October 14, 2021

A very engaging couple of hours, lots of fun and lots of history. The clues were a nice mix of the difficult and simple, so even young children could join in. My teenage son was captivated.

September 21, 2021

Great fun!

August 19, 2021

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