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Something for everyone...young & not so young.

There is always something to catch the imagination in & around Canoe Lake...from feeding the swans... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lynda R
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Right by the Sea

So lovely to rest and watch the boats on the lake, or walk around, have a light lunch in the cafe... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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St. Helens Parade, Portsmouth PO4 9RG, England
+44 23 9281 6760
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed December 21, 2014

Sometimes it can be the simplest things that your children can enjoy and visiting Canoe Lake is just one of those things. In the winter our children enjoy feeding the Swans here and in the summer they enjoy crabbing. There is also a park, a...More

2  Thank walshyfamily
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

I purchased a cheese & bacon burger from here on July 1st 2015 & had to be rushed to hospital with severe food poisoning where the meat had not been cooked properly!!!! I was projectile vomiting, diarreah, fever, shaking & even lost conciousness due to...More

3  Thank garfus
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is always something to catch the imagination in & around Canoe Lake...from feeding the swans or watching the kiddies catching crabs to simply enjoying the lovely vista. The Model Village is close by... also the Rose Gardens plus a fabulous childrens play area. Maybe...More

Thank Lynda R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So lovely to rest and watch the boats on the lake, or walk around, have a light lunch in the cafe. Then walk up to the Rose Gardens, or the other way. Cross the road to the seafront and just along from there is South...More

Thank MagsRoma
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Nice park area with lake and set back from Southsea beach and pier. There is plenty to do here for everyone and there are shops and toilets close by.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Canoe Lake is a great place to visit, either just for adults or families. There is a play park, large field, putting green, tennis courts and pavilion and more. The Rose Garden and Japanese gardens are nearby. There are lovely views over the Solent. It...More

Thank BeckyAnnD
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Brought back many memories. It is great for a walk or as we did a picnic on one of the many seats. Toilets nearby and also shops. Also watch the water fowl

Thank 123linny
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Nice place for family’s ,play area for children ,mini pitch and put,and 3 cafes ,greens is dog friendly and backs on to the tennis courts, the lake has swans and there are boats to hire ,also the children go crabbing ,and 2 minuets across the...More

Reviewed September 4, 2018

Another much loved children`s activity my granddaughters are not quite too old yet at 13 & 11 to enjoy this. Last time it was blowing a small gale and our swan went everywhere. Café here as well, but not used today. Very reasonable and great...More

Thank DAVIDMS20050
Reviewed August 28, 2018

I use canoe lake every day and ev ery day is very different. For families on a good day is a cheap day out for a family, lots of space to run around play ball, take the dog, picnic, BBQ etc there are pedelos on...More

Thank Lez H
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Parking was pretty easy nearby beach and lake. Definitely worth a visa to canoe lake I'd you have kids as it a safe friendly place for them. The lake is beautiful and you can hire a "swan pedal boat" to go out on it an...More

2  Thank Topfighter
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Spent a few hours here on a Sunday morning with my son attemping to find some crabs, we saw plenty getting caught by other people but we didnt catch one in 2 hours !!! Sadly between us were not the most patient of fisherman. Grreat...More

Thank danwot
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Response from Sharon Z | Reviewed this property |
Hi... it may cost a bit more...check Portsmouth city council website.