Dad loves anything to do with maritime and even better if it's old. The historic dockyards clearly ticked both boxes.
We went at the end of September and there was quite a queue to buy tickets (30 mins).
It's great value if you buy the combined ticket (£26pp) as you can go back as many times as you like in 12 months (Carers go in free with a disabled person). There are 6 major attractions and in a full day we only had time to see 2.5 so we'll definitely be going back.
HMS Warrior was really interesting (and I don't like 'old' or boats - I only came here for Dad and Husband - I'm very dutiful!) with guides on tour who were very informative. There are no 'don't touch' signs and you can get a real feel for how it once was.
We then saw HMS Victory which hasn't changed that much since I used to see it with school 40 years ago - yes, I know its historic, but it is no more informative or 'user-friendly' than it was then. not my favourite hour.
The Mary Rose museum is incredible. We didn't have time to see it all but will happily go back for more. What incredible artefacts and the layout/feel is wonderful. The designers and curators should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved in restoring the ship and making it accessible to the public.
The attraction would suit any age but there was a bit too much walking for Dad (aged 85).
The Costa shop in the entrance was really poor. They had run out of hot chocolate and served a chocolate cake on a very hot plate. Service was also poor.
The Edwardian Tea shop was pretty average. The only cappuccino they could make was instant and had no flavour. same with hot choc - could only make it with hot water. The Scone was nice though. I'd expected more even though it is clearly a 'tea' shop.
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