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The Mary Rose

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The Mary Rose

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The Mystery of Nelson's Stolen Diamonds: Old Portsmouth Treasure Hunt Adventure

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Turn the historic streets of Old Portsmouth into the world's largest escape room with this self-guided treasure hunt adventure!<br><br>Solve a range of cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles, and hidden objects, as you unravel the historic mystery and discover the identity of the infamous diamond thief!<br><br>'The perfect blend of Portsmouth, puzzles, and history!'<br><br>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 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. This treasure hunt is the best way to see the key historic sights of the city, visit its most atmospheric taverns, and soak up true local stories of its most notorious characters and places.
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Susan Love wrote a review Mar 2021
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited many attractions 2020 / 2021 when we visited the UK for a family event. We used our spare time to visit lots of what Portsmouth has to offer. 10/10
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jonathan wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
it helped kill time but i bore easily and it did not stimulate me lots but i can see that for familys it wood be a lot better
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Date of experience: August 2020
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A&LJ Blay wrote a review Nov 2020
Aylesbury Vale, United Kingdom56 contributions29 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our visit to the museum. This was the day before lockdown#2 started so was not hugely busy. Lots of hand sanitiser and guidance as you went round. We did the tour on our own but you can arrange a private tour from one of the many guides. The additional cost is very reasonable and I think we would have got more out of our visit if we had had a guide with us. Will definitely do this next time. There are no audio guides available. You are given a stylus when you arrive so that you can use the interactive touch screens which is a great idea. Short intro walk through and then you are in to the viewing galleries. It is quite breathtaking. There are three viewing galleries. You enter at mid level with the upper decks of the ship rising above you and lower decks below. The galleries are very well done and I am glad we went when it was relatively quiet as it meant we had time to look at everything and were not rushed. The displays are superb. There are films projected on to the ship so you can see what the working conditions were like at different levels. Very clever. You enter in the mid level, then go down a level before travelling in a glass ;lift to the top level. We spent just over two hours here and wish we had got the personal guide. There were interactive screens to add to the experience and these (along with handrails etc) were regularly wiped down by the museum staff. This is a fantastic experience which we would heartily recommend.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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John B wrote a review Nov 2020
Canterbury, United Kingdom2 contributions
Of course all our views and experiences of museums differ, but what has been achieved here is truly amazing. My son was not so impressed with the actual ship - I think he believed it was going to be like the Victory - but was generally interested, although I don't really think that it's a museum that children generally will find interesting. The display cabinets are fantastic - really detailed with good explanatory, and interesting, notes. What I did miss was the lack of explanatory labels on the half which is a 'mock ship' (actually the museum walkways). Most of what is displayed is identifiable, but there is scope, I feel, for some detailed explanations of the various artefacts and how they were used. It's not clear that the artefacts on one side relate to the place on the actual ship on the other. Having said that, this is how museums should be, although it would have been nice to perhaps have a cinema where a film of the various shipboard 'activities' could have been shown (say the running in and out of guns, hoisting sails, cooking of food, etc). There is a projection of certain activities onto parts of the ship, but I found this to be too distant to be viewable with any real notion of what was going on. What I didn't like was the price, hence 4*s. A 'triple' ticket for an adult and child is, at £58, extortionate. How can families on lower incomes take their children to see this important part of our history. Many museums abroad have a free day every week or month, why can't we have that? This is particularly so given that the restoration was supported with £28 million of National Lottery funding (I think the museum as a whole cost £39 million in total inc restoration costs). (I remember when the Victory was FREE to enter and you were given a guided tour - now it's a part of the £34 ticket.) Oh, our cappuccinos in the Mary Rose coffee shop were disgusting and expensive. Avoid. Be aware that you will also have to pay for parking (parking is difficult otherwise) which is £5 for 4 hours. The suggestion is that it takes an hour or two to visit the Mary Rose. If you want to read all the information and really have a good look, allow 3 hours (but don't expect children to stay interested that long!!!)
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Date of experience: November 2020
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GT7917 wrote a review Nov 2020
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The Mary Rose experience is incredible. It’s a must visit for all the family. The whole exhibition is very well done.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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