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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 6 November 2018
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 24 October 2018
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St. Helens Parade, Portsmouth PO4 9RG, England
+44 23 9281 6760
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a pretty basic cafe serving average food at average prices to average families. Its main plus point is that it is right by Swan Lake (nobody calls it Canoe lake) and it has a toilet!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Graham J
Reviewed 6 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lynda R
Reviewed 24 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MagsRoma
Reviewed 8 October 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rayrest
Reviewed 17 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BeckyAnnD
Reviewed 9 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 123linny
Reviewed 4 September 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 4 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DAVIDMS20050
Reviewed 28 August 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lez H
Reviewed 19 August 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Not sure, but I think about £4.50.