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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.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

4. Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

This full-day tour from the London area takes you on a scenic drive to the historic naval dockyards of Portsmouth. Not only does the harbor feature a number of museums, you’ll see the famous ships that attract visitors from around the world as well. On your tour of several historic Royal Navy ships, the highlight will undoubtedly be HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar. Learn what life was like for these brave sailors, climb the decks, and see where Nelson lived and died. Another highlight is the Mary Rose, the flagship of King Henry VIII. The ship sank on its maiden voyage, just outside the harbor wall. It was raised from the seabed in the 1980s and is now housed in a brand-new museum along with thousands of artifacts. You’ll also see HMS Warrior, the most powerful ship of its time in the 19th century. If weather allows the trip also includes a harbor tour by boat, so you can see actual modern-day Royal Navy vessels in dock and many others visiting the huge natural harbor. Enjoy a complimentary packed lunch and drinks. You may also like to treat yourself to some fish and chips by the harbor!

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What people are saying about Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 493 reviews

We enjoyed our visit to the Mary Rose Museum very much, from the very start it was brilliantly done, Henry welcoming you was very well done,. When the ship went into battle., my goodness it was so realistic and when it went down, it really felt as if you were on it, . All round the museum the staff were so knowledgable and so interesting to listen to. Well done to everyone it is well worth a visit, the only downside for us was the videos on the ship were not working, our friend who had never been before thought it was good anyway, but we feel the videos just bring it all to life. Hopefully they will be working again soon.

The ship was wonderful and extremely well presented and conserved. It is clear that a lot of work has gone into keeping it and it’s resources such as the guns and cannons in top condition. Great warnings about remembering to duck too as the ceilings do get lower as you move to the lower decks of the ship. A great day out and perfect for an 8 year old plus to start learning more history.

Great Couple of hours walking around the museum, brilliant bit o history regarding the ship and its artifacts. Warm and pleasant staff to help you, and somewhere to get food and a rest after, I certainly will be visiting again in the future, a good thing not to miss.

Great place to visit for all the family. The exhibition has been done to make it interesting for everyone.

Simply brilliant. Exhibition excellent. Staff very helpful.