Local Attractions


Appuldurcombe House - Isle of Wight - 5.31 miles

The shell of Appuldurcombe, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight, stands in its own ‘Capability’ Brown-designed grounds. An exhibition of photographs and prints depicts the house and its history.


Carisbrooke Castle - Isle of Wight - 7.27 miles

Crowning a hilltop south of Newport, this castle was the dominant defensive position on the Isle of Wight for more than 600 years. With its keep, battlements and working well house Carisbrooke Castle is an exciting site for the whole family to explore.There was a Saxon presence here in the 7th century and a timber campaign fort in the late 11th century, while the curtain wall and keep were built after 1101. The present castle has existed on this site since 1100, when the island was granted to the de Redvers family. In 1293, the castle passed on to the crown and, when England came under threat from France and Spain, Carisbrooke became enormously significant in the defence of the realm. After the Spanish Armada passed alarmingly close in 1588, it was suspected that the Spanish might attempt to seize the island.


Southsea Castle - Hampshire - 10.98 miles

Southsea Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1544 and 1545 to protect Portsmouth against possible French invasion. Its revolutionary design provided for the most efficient use of guns in attack or defence now that artillery dominated warfare. In the early 19th century, the castle was substantially altered to accommodate extra guns and a larger garrison of 200 men. The most significant addition of this period was an underground tunnel around the moat, which you can still enter. The castle was only withdrawn from active service in 1960. In our amazing Time Tunnel the Ghost of the Castle's first master gunner guides you through the most dramatic scenes from the castle's eventful history.


Portsmouth Centre - 11.94 miles

Portsmouth has been home to the Royal Navy for over five hundred years. The historic dockyard contains Nelson's flagship HMS Victory alongside HMS Warrior, the first iron clad battleship. The Royal Naval Museum has the remains of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose, which was raised from the seabed in 1982. It was also in Portsmouth that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the world renowned detective "Sherlock Holmes". Portsmouth is also host to the continental Ferry Port. No visit to Southern England is complete without a fun day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


St Vincent College - 11.99 miles

St Vincent College is a sixth form college in Gosport, Hampshire. It opened in September 1987 and current has around 1,100 full time students on roll and a similar number of part time students. The college offers a wide range of courses, including more than 40 AS and A levels, GCSEs, BTEC, OCR and City & Guilds.


International College Portsmouth - 12.01 miles

International College Portsmouth (ICP) is situated in the centre of a beautiful and cosmopolitan South Coast city and provides pathway courses for international students wishing to study at the University of Portsmouth. Situated in the centre of the campus, ICP is an associate college of the University and, upon successful completion of their ICP studies, all students have guaranteed progression to a University of Portsmouth degree course.

ICP provides expert teaching in small classes and subjects currently offered include Business, Engineering, Law, Science, Mathematics, Computing and Creative Technologies.