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Portsmouth Historical Dockyard, Portsmouth

Categories: Historic Sites, Military Facilities, Museums, Tourist Spots
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Experience 800 years of naval history at Portsmouth Historical 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. Arrange your visit to Portsmouth Historical Dockyard and discover more family-friendly attractions in Portsmouth using our Portsmouth vacation builder.
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  • We spent a great couple of hours wondering around the Dockyard. We really enjoyed the wonderful clippers and the Mary Rose. The museum is very well looked after. The only problem is that the entrance ...  read more »
  • We visit the dockyard every 2 years due to distance of travel. But it never disappoints. Seeing the Mary rose in her final resting condition is absolutely stunning. Bought tears to my eyes. Well worth...  read more »
  • I had booked tickets online however when you arrive you have to join the queue with everyone else. Today it took over 70 minutes to queue to get in and my four boys did brilliantly with the monotony o...  read more »
  • Lots of ships from different eras of naval history make this place an interesting visit. Too much to see in one day so good thing the tickets lasts a year. Also included are the submarine museum and the explosion museum (both in Gosport, but with free water taxi from Portsmouth) and a harbour tour. My only criticism is the food is not the greatest, it's not that it's bad, it just could be better.
  • Just returned from the Jutland Exhibition, what a disappointment! Fantastic artefacts but Information very difficult and sometimes impossible to read due to position and poor lighting. Lots of big screens but no simple film of the event, just bangs splashes and disembodied voices. An audio guide would have made such a difference. Thank goodness I was with my history buff husband who explained all. Then on to M33 what a difference! A short introduction by a guide followed by an explanatory film, a really informative and enjoyable visit.
  • Visited recently with my wife and 2 children aged 8 & 10. The weather wasn't great, but there was plenty of indoor venues and activities. We bought the family ticket which lasts for a year, so we'll be back soon when the sun shines to continue exploring. I thought the cost of the ticket (think it was about £65 when bought online) was very good value for money.
  • Beautiful .. really enjoyed exploring the whole of the dockyard from the boats and base to the new shopping complex Looking forward to visiting again. Something for everyone. Views are phenomenal both on and off shore Take a camera!
  • Nice dockyard, interesting boats to visit, although a little pricey. Worth noting that you can go into the harbour and walk around the place without paying, you just need to ask for a free ticket at the entrance.
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