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Speciality Museums
Historic naval monument featuring an informative audio guide through its preserved decks, steep stairs, and low ceilings. Highlights ongoing restoration and naval history.
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Military Museums
Historic dockyard presenting a tapestry of naval history through well-restored warships and immersive audio tours, including access to current naval vessels and year-long ticket validity.
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History Museums
Interactive exhibits spanning local history and cultural heritage, including a detailed Sherlock Holmes collection and decade-themed rooms. Children's play area and tranquil cafe complement the experience.
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  • Hardwick
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When I bought the tickets initially I thought they were quite expensive for one attraction but this is one of the most enthralling and beautifully presented museums and overall experiences that I have been to. The displays supporting the actual remains of the wreck are superbly displayed to really tell the story of the Mary Rose herself and the men who sailed on her. You get a real feeling for life as it was then, the trades and skills needed to keep a ship like this afloat. We spent over three hours inside and could have stayed longer. I can’t recommend highly enough and a really fitting memorial to all those who perished when she went down.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • Vivienne D
    Devon, UK23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant experience. So much to see and do. The ultimate explorer ticket is well worth buying as you can enjoy all the experiences and it lasts a year.
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • wantadeal
    kent42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a coach trip for the over 60s
    I booked this through Paul Pycroft
    Who was very helpful from the time of booking until e left.
    I could not if wished for a better person/

    We also had High Tea in the Clouds which was also very nice
    But hectic with so many people each as they didn’t know which cake stand to eat from. Some having no sandwich.
    And the staff where very nice to

    All very highly recommend
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Frances B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic!!
    We met with station 27 leader Mr knight.
    His knowledge was phenominal regarding the ship and the day to day life aboard.
    When you are in the company of someone who not only knows thier subject but is so enthusiastic, it is catching. We learned so much.
    I recommend this trip to all who venture to the Historic Dockyard
    Written March 16, 2024
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  • RazzyBthefirst
    Macclesfield, UK1,471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My dad being a naval history buff, this was just something we had to do. Picked a filthy day and it was a fair journey from Cheshire, but well worth it.

    Plenty of staff around and you get an audio device to take onboard, which is a must. Absolutely fascinating to listen to what was going on back then. We are both 6' 3'' so a good job we were wearing caps, the lower deck ceilings are low and there was plenty of head banging going on. We were told by one of the guides that the tallest crew member was actually 6' 7'', poor lad.

    Bought an ultimate ticket online - you can return any time over the next 12 months. We will go back to see the Mary Rose and maybe we can get on the deck of Victory by then, current work permitting?
    Written February 27, 2024
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  • Cherriesfan99
    Cheltenham, UK879 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not so much a naval experience, as you might expect, but certainly a big retail draw, and significantly chain restaurant form a great leisure place for shoppers, locals and tourists.
    Gunwharf Quays has very good transport links - across the road from "The Hard" bus station, and Portsmouth Harbour railway station, as well as the ferry to Gosport. Easy for taxis as well.
    The shopping centre is not entirely under cover, (something we learnt to our dismay), on a particularly wet and windswept day. On the positive side, there are some excellent stores, which make a trip here really worthwhile. It is a creative shopping centre, with the iconic, very expensive to view Spinnaker Tower. There is also a 12 screen cinema.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • EJH15
    Southampton, UK21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an excellent exhibition and worthy to commemorate the bravery and ingenuity of all those who participated in the planning and execution of this historic event. Lest we forget!
    The tapestry depicting D-Day is magnificent and seeks to almost ever facet of the preparation and execution of this noble event.
    The rest of the displays cover both military and personal stories and you can tell have been curated with real care and attention.
    Coffee and gift shops are small but offer good value for money.
    Toiiets are clean and well maintained.
    Written March 30, 2024
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  • Helen H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful day out! Free (£3 car park) with outstanding views over both Portsmouth Harbour and The South Downs. A regular visitor, I decided to take a £5 tour to understand more about the background. Sarah, my tour guide, was a delight. She had outstanding knowledge, bought the history to life and had an excellent delivery. This is one of the forts that Queen Victoria ordered Lord Palmerston, her Prime Minister, to build. Named after the nearby monument of Lord Nelson himself (which can be seen from the site and is still used by ships as a land mark) it actually faces The South Downs and was built to ward off a possible French invasion. The perimeter ditch was dug and the soil used to create the ramparts above. The rear view encompasses the countryside over the glorious downs and Sarah told me it hasn't changed much since the fort was built in the 1860s, except there are more trees now. The French never did invade and the fort has since been used as a gunpowder store and accommodation for soldiers preparing for the first and second world wars. There is an extensive collection of weaponry in the museum, and the 'Family Rooms' contain the stories and exhibits of those who were billeted there. I loved the graffiti on the walls; the hospital rooms; the Falklands photographs and the jail! The Fort has plenty of outside picnic benches; a lovely cafe and well stocked gift shop crammed with books; clothes and paraphernalia to suit all ages. My tour lasted an hour and was worth every penny. A grand day out. Thank you Sarah! What a credit to the fort you are...
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • DivePanther
    Portsmouth, UK153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Six of us visited for the first time on Remembrance Sunday and we were on the deck of HMS Warrior at midday for the silence and the cannon salute, which was surprisingly moving. We all had our favourite parts of the Museum - my personal highlight was the actor playing a midshipman. His description of the ship and his duties - in the present tense - was absolutely convincing and he obviously knew the vessel and it systems very well indeed. The Mary Rose exhibition was also amazing. To be honest, it all was!
    Written January 27, 2024
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  • Jan D
    Southsea, England, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Took grandson to visit Santa today and can well recommend was very good and he thoroughly enjoyed himself
    Written December 21, 2023
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  • Yvette Wetton
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Popped in today with Uni student daughter. Enjoyed all the exhibits - particularly some of the art installations. In some parts it was a bit dark and needed a torch to read. Beautiful building and grounds. Will definitely visit again in warmer weather! Cafe was particularly welcoming and food was great!
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • Cherriesfan99
    Cheltenham, UK879 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Far more compact than we imagined, but still an attractive building, and significantly, an important part of King Henry'VIII series of coastal fortifcations. Being built in 1544, it was a statement of England's ( and Henry Tudors) determination to go his own way in many aspects, and consquently the South Coast was attacked just a year later, but repelled.
    Short, squat and a deadly (for the time) gun platform, which controlled access to Portsmouth fledging naval port.
    Definately worth seeing.
    Written April 7, 2024
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