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Portsmouth Self-Guided Mystery: Nelson's Stolen Diamonds

1. Portsmouth Self-Guided Mystery: Nelson's Stolen Diamonds

Turn the historic streets of Portsmouth into an exciting outdoor escape room with The Mystery of Nelson's Stolen Diamonds. Walk around the city as you solve the clues, eliminate the suspects, and unmask the mysterious thief behind Portsmouth's most daring robbery. The story follows Horatio Nelson on his last day on dry land before joining his ship to fight in the Battle of Trafalgar when 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. It's up to you to hunt down the clues, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to finally piece together the mystery and catch the elusive diamond thief. This experience combines a treasure hunt and a self-guided walking tour to create a unique way to see the key historical sights in the city. Visit the most atmospheric taverns and soak up true local stories of the city's most notorious characters and places.

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What people are saying about Spice Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

It was a bright sunny day in Old Portsmouth and we were doing the treasure trail with relatives visiting from Scotland. We’ve done treasure trails before, but this was their first. They absolutely loved it! So did we. Although they have visited us in Portsmouth many times, the trail took us places we hadn’t noticed before and entertained us with historical anecdotes along the way. The clues were excellent and we all enjoyed the challenges. All doable . We stopped into The SallyPort for reviving coffees / beers along the way - very jolly and with the benefit of three floors (4?) of military antiques and other interesting objects to look at. We spent about three hours overall, with the pit stop and antiques looksee included, all on flat pavements, I definitely recommend this outing.

It was a dull February day and we wanted a family activity to do and get us out and about, this was perfect, we really enjoyed trekking about in our own time solving the clues we made the most of the pit stops, the staff were lovely and it helped us see what else there is available in the local area, we’re hoping there are a lot more of these to do in other locations!

Well worth it! Gives you lots of history and brings the past to life. Great fun and brain teasing puzzles to solve!

Good fun on a drizzly day in Portsmouth with the option to stop off for the odd beverage or two.

We had a brilliant day. Nice way to see old Portsmouth