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Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

1. Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

Visit the exhibitions at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth in any order you want, and at any time you want within a year. Family and individual entries are available. Explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, the First World War’s HMS M.33 and the new Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition. Marvel at Henry VIII's Tudor warship the Mary Rose, which is now included in the all-in-one ticket for 2021. Take the complimentary waterbus to Gosport and explore the Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance. Take a Harbour Tour to cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and see the ships of the modern Royal Navy.

The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket

2. The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket

Visit the new state-of-the-art museum built around King Henry VIII's flagship which sunk during battle off the coast Portsmouth in 1545. The ship was raised from the seabed in 1982 and the award-winning museum was built in 2013. Walk through a range of interactive displays in which 9,000 Tudor artifacts also rescued from the seabed have been reunited from the ship. See how these artefacts tell the story of life on board for the crew and officers in Tudor times. The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world, and houses the largest and most unique Tudor collection of objects. New for summer 2021: Experience "1545 - When their world ended", a brand new immersive experience that will take you back to July 19, 1545. Re-live the final moments on board the Mary Rose as it sinks during the Battle of the Solent. Step back in time to hear from King Henry VIII and the crew of Britains' most famous shipwreck. Experience the immersive Tudor warship sinking.

HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

3. HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

Visit HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous battleship. Best known for her role in the battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is now the flagship of the first sea lord and a living museum to the Georgian Navy. New for 2021, HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. Visitors can descend into the base of the dry dock and view the ship from below. The ship stands as a memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, and his victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb aboard HMS Victory and step back in time to the Georgian period. See the cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned. Walk the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought. You can even stand in the spot where Nelson died. HMS Victory is currently undergoing conservation work but is still open, and visitors can experience Victory Live! to find out more about this conservation project.

Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

4. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

London: Downton Abbey, Cotswolds, and Highclere Castle Tour

5. London: Downton Abbey, Cotswolds, and Highclere Castle Tour

Depart London by luxury mini-coach on an 11-hour Downton Abbey tour. Stop at Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm) to see filming sites used throughout the TV series. Continue to the Swan Inn at Swinbrook, location of one of the series' most controversial story lines. Next stop is in Shilton, a Cotswolds village inaccessible to larger coaches. See the old stone footbridge, duck pond and the old pump and well, before the short journey to Bampton (Downton village). Head to Highclere Castle, home to the Grantham family in the series. Enjoy the gardens before entering the castle. Take a guided tour of the castle’s opulent rooms. There will also be time to take in the Egyptian exhibition.

Southampton: Secrets of the Titanic Walking Tour

6. Southampton: Secrets of the Titanic Walking Tour

We will meet at the Town Quay Pier, and see the bustle of the Port of Southampton. Then we will see the Mayflower Memorial, where the famous Pilgrim Ship sailed to America After we will see the QE2 Mile. Before heading to Oxford Street for all the Secrets of the Titanic, hiding in Modern-Day Southampton

From London: Downton Abbey and Village Coach Tour

7. From London: Downton Abbey and Village Coach Tour

Step into the hit TV series Downton Abbey on this full-day bus tour from London. Visit filming locations from the show like the village of Bampton which was used for the village of Downton and Highclere Castle which was used as Downton Abbey.  Journey by comfortable air-conditioned coach towards the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. Listen to an informative commentary about Downton Abbey and the locations you will visit along the way. Arrive in Bampton and take a guided walking tour of the village to see locations from the TV series, such as the post office and the house where Matthew Crawley lived before he moved to the abbey.  Continue to Highclere Castle for 3 hours of free time to explore the house and grounds of the setting for Downton Abbey at your own pace. Find your way around with ease using a helpful leaflet. Have plenty of time to purchase a delicious lunch at the castle or shop for some souvenirs at the gift shop.

Winchester: Journey Through Winchester's Past Walking Tour

8. Winchester: Journey Through Winchester's Past Walking Tour

We will meet at the Westgate, the medieval entrace to Winchester. First, we see William the Conquer's Winchester Castle and The Great Hall, hearing the Legend of King Arthur. Then we will walk the High Street, before arriving at the world-famous, Winchester Cathedral. The final resting place of lady who left her mark on Winchester and the World-Jane Austen. After will see the iconic statue of Alfred the Great, and tell tales of his immense contributions to history. After which we will walk the banks of the River Itchen, inspired the works of poet John Keats. Then see the ruins of the powerful Bishop of Winchester's palace.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery: Guided Tour & Gin Cocktail

9. Bombay Sapphire Distillery: Guided Tour & Gin Cocktail

Go behind the scenes at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery during a guided tour showcasing the best of Bombay Sapphire gin and the beautiful, historic distillery. Begin your tour with a trip to the Turbine Bar, where you can choose a Bombay gin to make your own complimentary gin and tonic using the self-serve gin machines. Next, head to the cinema room to be immersed in all things Bombay Sapphire in preparation for your tour. Then, explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery with a distillery host guide. Discover the ten exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire gin in the Glasshouses. Gain insight into Heatherwick Studios’ inspired design for the historic red-brick distillery. Next, let your host help you navigate the Botanical Dry Room, a sensory experience to uncover your flavor preferences. Discover the rare vapor infusion distillation process which makes Bombay Sapphire gin so exquisite.

Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

10. Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

Enjoy a visit to Portsmouth’s fascinating D-Day Story and learn about this pivotal event that changed the course of World War Two. The D-Day Story is told in four parts, The Landing Craft Tank 7074, Preparation, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and the Overlord Embroidery. Discover the story of this fateful day through a series of exhibitions, workshops, and other activities, as well as over 10,000 fascinating items and artifacts. The D-Day Story is told through the personal accounts and possessions of the people who were there, and brought to life through stunning audio-visual presentations. By the end of your visit, you’ll have a better understanding of D-Day, and a renewed sense of respect for those who were part of it.

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based on 3 reviews

It was a really enjoyable day. We had any amazing guide, Karen who definitely added the the amazing tour. She shared a lot of great information leading up to the sites and was available if any issues. Although a big tour, I believe 84 people, it ran very smoothly and everything was on time. It was a bit hectic in the morning boarding the tour because there were many different tours leaving around the same time, but after we departed everything went great. It would have been nice to have a little more time in Oxford, but still had the opportunity to work around the town a bit. I understand given the length of the tour and the planned stops, it limits the time you can spend in each place. I would definitely recommend the tour.

It was a fantastic tour! The day tour was a surprise for my parents birthday, and they were thrileld. We really enjoyed discovering the british countryside with the excitement to see Downton Abbey real life places. The Castle was beautiful, and it really felt like jumping into the tv show. A wonderful guide was taking care of us, sharing interesting information and also giving us time to explore by ourselves, and enjoy the quiet. Bus was very comfortable, schedule was kept on time. Deeply recommended.

We had the BEST time!!! Frank and André Pringle were delightful! Truly enjoyed their company and Frank’s vast knowledge! Wish we could have taken Frank with us on every tour, he was such a delight!

Excellent in every way. Exhibits first class, staff helpful and friendly, facilities superb. Great value for money

I had a great day exploring Highclere and the Cotswolds. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative.