Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

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Experience 800 years of naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is surrounded by working docks and several historic buildings. At this location there’s plenty to keep everyone in the family entertained, with regular special events, educational activities, talks, and exhibits. Go aboard historic HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and HMS M33. You can also visit the raised wreck of a sailing ship from the time of the Tudors, accessible from the Mary Rose Museum building. Stop by the site’s informative Action Stations center, containing interactive demonstrations of various aspects of naval science. With the number of simultaneous visitors to each exhibit limited, it’s best to book your tickets online to skip long lines and avoid disappointment. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Portsmouth holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Bought tickets in advance - highly recommend due to costs and valid for 1 year so able to visit again. Loved walking around HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Marie Rose plus the Boat House and Navy Mus...  more »
  • it was our third time here and everytime we find something we haven't seen before. We were really impressed with the Nelson Gallery exhibition this time. It is very informative and has many unusual it...  more »
  • This is the second time we have visited this year. We probably chose the worst weekend as the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier has just docked. Our main aim this time was to see the submarine Alliance...  more »
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  • We visited the Historic Dockyards twice (your ticket is valid for 12 months to revisit a second time). It needs and deserves 2 visits to get the most out of the cost of entry, which is reasonably high for a family ticket but you get a lot for your money. The Mary Rose and HMS Victory are the jewels in the crown - fascinating and extremely well presented museums. We took a boat tour of the harbour and spent time in the 'digital zone' with the kids, where you can fly a Sea King flight simulator and play laser quest. We snacked at the Mary Rose cafe which was also good quality and not horrendously priced. I would highly recommend a visit.
  • I love the Dockyard. Worked here as a naval rating for 25 years and still find there are things I haven't seen. It's a delight to visit and I am still trying to visit the Mary Rose which was raised on the day I joined the Navy!!! Top tip if you are a family, there are deals for family tickets which can be much cheaper and allow return visits for the following 12 months (adults do have to sign in)! Buy online in advance and pick them up as you go in.
  • Went here with friends, not knowing what the Dockyard was about. I paid for my tickets online (cheaper), got in, the queue wasn't too bad. The range of attractions was amazing, I was blown away by the Mary Rose, whatever you do, talk to the stewards, they are a mine of information, and you will get so much more from the exhibition. The Victory and Warrior were fantastic as well You can try and cram everything into one day, very tiring, better if you spend at least two days. The tickets are valid for 12 months, so fantastic value for money, I'll certainly be going back
  • Brilliant value we had a daily mail offer. Really interesting staff were brilliant so keen to help and tell you about exhibits. The harbour cruise was fun made interesting by commentary. Mary Rose exhibit was so well laid out made you feel part of the ships company. You can revisit as many times as you like for a year. Wonderful value.
  • Can work out a little pricey if you don't book your tickets in advance. Booking over the internet will give a good discount. Loved the visit with loads to see and do. Great for both young and the young at heart. Note however that access to some of the exhibit is quite narrow with both limited headroom and low light levels. Highly recommended.

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From top-quality luxury brands to boutique hotels and cozy B&Bs, lodging in Portsmouth is available to suit most travelers' needs and tastes.  To have easy access to the city major routes and main attractions, consider booking your rooms near Portsmouth's historical naval dockyard. Hotels in this area offer stylish rooms, excellent food, ample parking, and a wide range of recreational facilities, including spas, pools, and fitness centers. A range of trendy shops and restaurants are within walking distance, as are the ferry terminals to France and the Channel Islands.
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