D-Day

Hampshire US Connections – Portsmouth and the New Forest

This day tour combines panoramic guided tours to Southwick village and the New Forest with visits to the superb D-Day Museum and Southwick House. We hear revealing stories of the impact upon the local community of the presence of Eisenhower and Montgomery’s command teams and experience locations that still give an authentic feel of the human endeavours that enabled the greatest combined amphibious operation in history to take place in June 1944.

On the tour you will
  • A full day tour led by your very own local Blue Badge Guide with private transport.

  • Discover fascinating accounts of bravery, endeavour and innovation amongst the artefacts on display at the D-Day Museum Portsmouth. Your Blue Badge Guide will uncover the stories behind the evocative D-Day embroidery and LC7404, the last D day tank landing craft to survive, rescued and conserved for display at the Museum.

  • Enjoy commanding views on a guided tour to Southwick House to visit the map room where the plans for D-day were coordinated and General Eisenhower gave the command ‘Let’s Go!’.

  • Lunch at the traditional pub where Eisenhower’s officers relaxed and socialised in the months before D-day.

  • Explore the New Forest on a panoramic tour of the National Park’s D-Day sites including Lepe Beach, Beaulieu airfield and Brockenhurst.

Other Options

  • Visit Beaulieu Motor Museum to see the Special Operations Executive Exhibition that tells the story of the training that took place at Lord Montague’s home in the New Forest.

  • Visit Exbury Gardens, a Rothschild home requisitioned by the Admiralty in WW2 an administrative HQ and training base for D-Day

DURATION: 1 DAY

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