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“Best of Porthmouth” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Visitor Centre | Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ, England
02392 839766
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Ranked #1 of 122 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Best of Porthmouth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I loved it all, the ships, the exhibitions, just wonderful! This, to be honest, is probably the the Bly good reason to travel to this city, make sure you give it enough time!

Visited September 2013
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“Great Day Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyards many times and always find something new.

I made this trip especially to see the new Mary Rose exhibit and i wasn't disappointed. I've wanted to see the ship in the past but this is the first time i managed to see it and the new Mary Rose exhibit is very impressive and well worth the ticket price, even better is that it lasts for a year so you can visit as many times as you like throughout the year.

The HMS Warrior is also a must, I've always overlooked it in the past as it seems to be over shadowed by HMS Victory but this time i went on board. I was extremely surprised by whats on view and defiantly a ship i will go back to see again.

HMS Victory was open this time to view without being on a guided tour, something that i enjoyed more as i have been on the tour several times before and this time i could explore the ship as i wanted. The ship is also undergoing some repairs resulting in the top masks being removed, strange to see it without its full rigging but still an impressive ship.

Visited October 2013
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“First class day out to see true "British Heritage"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I together with two friends enjoyed a fantastic experience at the Historic Dockyard. The display and interpretation in the Mary Rose exhibition is truly world class. What an experience, one place you simply shouldn't miss. The Victory is simply incredible with so much atmosphere and history. The last ship we visited was The Warrior and it didn't disappoint with really fantastic guides on hand to answer just about anything we could ask.
The only slight let down was the on site catering. The café in the Mary Rose exhibition wasn't too bad but the queues at the other outlets and speed of service were terrible. For goodness sake Historic Dockyard please pay for some decent staff as those young people were hopeless.
Oh the only thing that was sub standard about The Mary Rose exhibition was the terrible gift shop
with a very poor selection of souvenirs. Sorry to gripe on but overall a most enjoyable day out.

Visited October 2013
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“Fantastic value and really interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

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.

Visited September 2013
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“A great day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Tickets seem to be high priced but very much worth a visit! Learn, see and do lots! Worth the spend, if your family its great fun on the tours too!The two ships (HMS Warrior and Victory) are fascinating, and the Harbour boat tour is worth doing.

Visited August 2013
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