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“History made up to date”

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Brighton and Portsmouth Full-Day Tour from Oxford
Ranked #2 of 119 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: Featuring the NEW Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Plus NEW for April 2014, HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine.Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and Harbour Tours, there's plenty to see and do. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out for all the family. Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future - a must see for anyone visiting the south of England.
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“History made up to date”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

The historic dockyard contains a wide range of activities that help to bring Portsmouths naval and maritime history up to date. Whilst HMS Victory might be the focal point of the dockyard, other smaller exhibitions he to explain the city's role in the maritime history of the UK.
There are cafe areas and shops selling unusual souvenier items.
Throughout the year the dockyard organises special celebration events. The annual Christmas celebration sees the yard decked out in Victorian style - great atmosphere and a 'must' Christmas visit.

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Went there with my Dad, we spent the whole day there and still didn't get to see everything! Would recommend buying your tickets beforehand to avoid some of the queues that can form at what is rightly a very popular attraction. We were staying in Gosport so caught the ferry over to Portsmouth and the Dockyard is right next to it, it was really easy to get to. The guides on the ships and in the museums were great, too, very knowledgeable and helpful, and we would both recommend a visit whatever your age! The highlights for us were of course HMS Warrior, Victory and the Mary Rose Museum.

Visited July 2014
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Woking, United Kingdom
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“So Much to See!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

An amazing collection of historic warships and museums in an equally historic dockyard setting.
The 'all attractions' tickets (£26 for concessions in our case) are great value and can be used for up to a year later - very important as there is far too much to see on just one visit. The ticket even includes a harbour boat trip with a full and interesting commentary.
The restaurant in No 7 boathouse is light and airy with a wide range of food including healthy eating options - we enjoyed a couple of great salads.
The explanatory leaflet for HMS Warrior was useful if you didn't want the audio guide. No leaflet for HMS Victory but the ship is undergoing an extensive renovation- the top masts and all the rigging are currently missing.

Visited July 2014
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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“Home of the Royal Navy”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Another must do when in Hampshire. HMS Victory, HMS Mary Rose and HMS Warrior are all hear as well as the museum

Visited October 2013
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is a great place to spend a day. Very well organised, safe for children and well supervised with standards being a number one priority. If you are into history like me, this will be of interest to you that's for sure. Now the bad news. It's about £18.00 a ticket to get into the Victory. When you consider that there are a good few ships to see and at £18.00 a time ? Well, you do the maths! However, if you are like us who live about an hour away it's worthwhile investing about £30.00 to see all of them on a ticket that lasts twelve months. You should also take into account that we visited the Victory and the Mary Rose (brilliant). That took us around five hours including a tea along the way. Cues are not a problem so it's not down to that. Once inside the Victory we found it just awe inspiring. We crawled along at a real snails pace to just take it all in with guides that are more than helpful and will explain a few things if you ask. We plan to go again and sup up some more history by visiting some others. You cannot get round all of them in one day, plus the museum is close at hand as well and you could spend a half day just in there! Great place to go for a day but it's not truly a place to take your four year old thinking he or she will be interested. Take a couple of days and spend an evening at the Travel Lodge near the Spinnaker. It's all in walking distance so no need for buses or taxis.

Visited June 2014
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