Portsmouth, UK
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

4. 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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Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Pub and History Treasure Hunt

5. Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Pub and History Treasure Hunt

On Horatio Nelson's last day on dry land before joining his ship to fight in the Battle of Trafalgar, he stored a valuable diamond necklace in a chest in one of Portsmouth’s many taverns for safekeeping. That night, the tavern was broken into and the necklace was stolen. You must solve the clues, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to get to the bottom of this historic mystery. With 18 clues to solve and five pubs to discover, head off in search of the elusive diamond thief. Your adventure begins at the Grand Parade in Old Portsmouth before winding through the old streets and alleys of the old town, passing key historical sights including Portsmouth Cathedral, the Square and Round towers, the Hotwalls Studios, and Spice Island. This treasure hunt is the best way to see the key historical sights in the city, visit the most atmospheric taverns, and soak up true local stories of its most notorious characters and places. The mystery is complete when you return to the scene of the crime and catch the diamond thief who can still be found lurking somewhere in the city.

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3-day Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast Small-Group Tour

6. 3-day Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast Small-Group Tour

Day 1: Get your sunglasses and sun cream ready, you’re departing London and heading to the sunny, southern Isle of Wight. First, head to the ancient port-city of Portsmouth. This bustling spot blends modern marvels with centuries of sea-faring stories. You can grab a bite to eat here before your guide picks you up and takes you to the ferry at Gunwharf Terminal. It takes less than an hour and there’s plenty of onboard refreshments. Your first stop on the Isle of Wight is the important religious site of Quarr Abbey. The building here is beautiful and combines French, Byzantine, and Moorish designs. Then, you will get to meet some real local heroes. In the evening, you'll arrive at the unforgettably quaint village of Shanklin in time for an early dinner.  Day 2: Today, you’re going to discover the unmissable highlights of the Isle of Wight. After an enjoyable breakfast you will venture to the Yarborough Monument. This is the tallest monument on the island and celebrates the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century. Continue to a photo-stop at the beautiful views of endless green fields at Brading Downs and then head to Osborne House - Queen Victoria's holiday destination! Explore the Italian-style building and discover pristine green gardens, ornate golden rooms, and historically fascinating artefacts. After witnessing that magnificent man-made marvel, it’s time to see the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful natural wonder, the Needles. These sharp white stacks that stick out of the ocean are beautiful to behold. You can hop on a boat to get close to them and venture to an old defensive battery that’s nearby. Your last stop today is at the cliffs of St. Catherine’s Down. As the sun starts to set, these epic cliffs and green valleys look stunning. You travel back to Shanklin in time for dinner. Day 3: In the morning, say goodbye to Shanklin and head on the ferry back to Portsmouth. Now that you’ve reacquainted yourself with the mainland, travel to one of England’s most history-soaked cities, Winchester. Visit the glorious cathedral, an ancient mill, cute cafes, and more than enough museums. After you’ve studied up on the history of England, it’s time to go have some fun. Visit the home of one of the world’s most popular gins, Bombay Sapphire. Once you’ve had enough of the tipple, it’s time to head back to London. Make a short stop at Runnymede before arriving in London in the evening.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

7. 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, UK

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 36 reviews

The set out of the Mary Rose exhibition was really well done from the initial entrance and then through to the Galleries . Loved all the virtual displays . The whole time the experience made you felt you were actually there seeing all the things. The fact that all the exhibits had been excavated after being buried for over 300 years was mind blowing.

The ticket, like the Naval Dockyard package overall, is excellent; great value and well worth your time. Don't rush but do as many of the attractions as your time allows - Victory, Mary Rose, Warrior, M33 and the Naval Museum.

Mary Rosè museum even better than 5 years ago ! Victory as ever astonishingly evocative . Warrior an unexpected delight. My 8 year old grandson enchanted with it all .

Listening to the information and experiencing the HMS Victory really gave you an insight on how the men worked and lived.

As a museum and an experience, this cannot be beaten in my opinion.