National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth

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  • Even though it does not have so many ship models and exhibits like the Grenich National, it deserves a visit. Very nice gadget with the sonar ant submarine bombs  more »
  • The nelson museum was amazing, learnt a lot. Lots of interactive things for kids to do in the naval museum including sending morse code messages. Very interesting  more »
  • Its a long walk past the museum rom th entrance gate as we headed for HMS Victory and HMS Queen Elizabeth which was visible from the stern of HMS Victory but of course not visitable as it is an operat...  more »
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  • Love this place and the historic dockyard We visit as often as we can so much history to explore, well worth getting a year pass if you can
  • Having visited this dockyard in August and September 2017, it brought back many memories for me having sailed out from there in 1963 on H.M.S. Venus to the Azores. I was then a Cook in the Royal Navy serving at H.M.S Ganges in Suffolk. It was a cold winter day then and I was over the side of the ship scrubbing it clean before we sailed. Arriving at the entrance it was a bit disconcerting to see the queues of people waiting to get in. The queue took 40 minutes to allow where I was to arrive at the ticket gate. A bag search told me I was to leave my Monopod with them for safe keeping at the ticket office. This also applies to Tripods for camera equipment so remember this. Next ship I saw was H.M.S. Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She additionally served as Keppel's flagship at Ushant, Howe's flagship at Cape Spartel and Jervis's flagship at Cape St Vincent. After 1824, she was relegated to the role of harbour ship. In 1922, she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission. This the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory is crumbling under her own weight. An 18-month programme to bring this historic ship back to its original condition. H.M.S. Victory has been sitting in dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned at six metre intervals. It has been well recorded that the 252 year old ship is collapsing ( so to speak ) under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to record how the ship would sit in water. Another ship I went to visit was HMS M.33 which is the only sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916, and also the Russian Civil War which followed. The ship is one of just three British warships from World War I still in existence. HMS M.33 was built in 1915 on the orders of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. She was a floating gun platform designed to bombard coastal positions from the sea. Her first active operation was the support of the British landings at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli in August 1915. She remained stationed at Gallipoli until the evacuation in January 1916. She served in the Mediterranean for the remainder of the War and was involved in the seizure of the Greek fleet at Salamis Bay in 1916. In the dockyard you will find many other attractions and museums along with various shops catering for items of interest connected to this historic site.
  • Brilliant visit but some of the interactive displays not working
  • Truly an amazing place to visit. Loved finding out about the private life of Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton. The museum showcases the history of the Royal Navy with plenty of activities for the kids to do.
  • A great museum, most notably the Mary Rose and HMS Victory exhibits. The amount of information is impressive and the layout of the experience is intelligent and immersive, well worth the ticket to all attractions even if you just have a passing interest in British naval history. There's plenty of amenities too, all round good day out. Mind your head on the Victory!
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