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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Ranked #2 of 126 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: Featuring the Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Plus visit HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine, and the M33, the sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916. Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and the Harbour Tours, as well as the new Women in the Navy Exhibition and the Jutland Exhibition, 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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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Buy an annual ticket before you go, as there is quite a big discount if you buy online. There is so much to see you will probably find it hard to look at everything in a day.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Well worth the visit, very interesting on the ships and good trip on boat around the dockyard. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Well worth buying tickets on line beforehand.

Thank Susan J
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

What a brilliant place to visit !!!! makes our history come to life WISH history at school had been so Interesting & informative!!!!! ...... takes more than a day to see everything properly...
HMS WARRIOR .... HMS VICTORY...MARY ROSE..... EXCELLENT !!!! Harbour tours very enjoyable
£28 for all in ticket great value AND Valid for a year!!!

Thank carol f
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

One day is not enough really!
Brought an annual family ticket in May and have used it 3 times since, so really feel its value for money.
Summer holidays it's obviously busier, and the queues are much longer, can't be helped,but that said, not a huge wait, kids did get fidgety with waiting!
Really an all weather visit, some parts of the ships are shut off if it's wet because of slippery floors.
We have yet to go to the submarine museum, explosion, and marines museum.
Mary Rose museum is stunning, educational, lots of knowledgable staff to ask about exhibits, and the ship itself.
Highly recommended , and the family annual ticket is value for mone, and even cheaper if you purchase it online.

Thank Paula T
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

It is essential to get a voucher before visiting the dockyard as it can be very expensive otherwise. Check online - I found a voucher offering 50% off so it worked out at £28 for two people instead of £56 – I hope you manage to find the same deal ! I advise you buy the ticket entry for 'all attractions' (for some reason you can buy individual tickets for each attraction but that definitely isn't a good idea). You need to allow at least a whole day to visit the dockyard so if you have a weekend try to divide your time between the two days. The boat trips are a must and good fun – one is longer and takes you around the dockyard and the other boat is a drop-off taking you in the other direction to the newly refurbished submarine. Make sure you get a ticket from the 'stand' for this one before you queue up – there are two queues for each boat trip so make sure you queue for the right one (you don't need a ticket for the main boat trip). When you arrive initially you need to queue up to book your time slot so do that as soon as you get off – there is a museum and a micro-submarine to look around in the meantime. Once you get on board the main submarine (which is suspended above the water) there are quirky voiceovers to give you a feel for what life might have been like and you can view the sleeping quarters and how they generally lived in such a small confined space. It isn't that big so it doesn't take that long to walk through it but you do get some of the history at the start.
Back at the main dockyard the 'Victory' and 'Alliance' ships are similar in that they were both cannon ships but worth looking around and don't take long to walk around. (Areas on the ships are often hired out for weddings and birthdays so you might see areas being set up en-route for various occasions). There are also members of staff on board (and in the museums) who will give you impromptu information or you can ask them anything you wish.
At the main ticket entrance you will find a Costa coffee but don't presume it is the only place for a drink and snack - there is another huge dining area a short distance away which offer a great variety of everything so check that out before you settle for the Costa coffee (mainly because the area you sit in is near the ticket entrance so not that nice). If you find looking around the museums a bit much you can look these over quite quickly as there is so much else to do – there are quite a few museums ! There is a multi-storey car park adjacent to the dockyard which is very easy to find and not as expensive as you might think. (We paid £4 for about 4 hours). Have a great trip !

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