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“Naval history brought to life.”

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 May 8, 2013

So much to see from Henry VIII's beloved 'Mary Rose' ship, and museum full of everyday artefacts recovered from the wreck, to going round Nelson's HMS Victory, the Victorian HMS Warrior and the excellent Museum. Also well worth taking the boat trip round the harbour to see any modern Naval ships anchored there.

Thank Jenny B
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Quite an interesting day out, but nearly £50 for 2 adults and a child including a good discount is outrageous and must be addressed. 'Entry for a year' it claims, but I have no intention of visiting for a year - and what a rediculous marketing strategy. (Obviously a bit wet behind the ears, as they have only just started making you sign your ticket for re-entry, im sure previously half of Portsmouth have visited free on other peoples tickets). A discount off your next visit should suffice. The entrance lobby too needs to be redesigned. Check in desks are dotted everywhere, with families forming enourmous queues, in and out of the building. Entry to the site is free, with paid tickets required to enter any attraction - so make this known. Then a member of the family can queue while everyone else discovers what is to be explored or has a coffee. Also the adjoining coffee shop was severly underchaired, but tables aplenty.

Moaning asidem the 2 ships were fun to explore, but could do with a bit more interaction. More money was wanted for an audio tour, which in hindsight would have been a lot more interesting - though Im sure audible sections on the boat could have explained a lot more 'outloud', as sights, smells and sounds really brings attractions like this alive. Lots of ducking required - these sailors must have been short people, but all good fun. Lots of elderly eager staff on board to fill you with facts, even if you dont always want to hear them.

The childrens exploration centre exhibits were 60% broken, which was a little dissapointing. The simulator also had an inappropriate 'A-Team off the 80s' style video, but dubbed over with Geordie accents - was hoping for a pro Navy or Army style film. Odd and nausiating but my 9 year old son enjoyed it.

Self service cafe was very overpriced, asking £1.75 for 500ml water bottle, and well over £2 for a bottle of coke. Take your own.

The Trafalgar exhibition is heading in the right direction, with a walkthrough exhibition telling the tale of the battle of Trafalgar, with films, sound and visual effects. It was very informative and patriotic. The Mary Rose exhibition was yet to open, but even more money was required for an inclusive ticket.

We finished with the boat trip of the harbour. The boat was of the design where you couldnt see a great deal out of the front section, but the guy giving the commentary was brilliant, who knew lots of detail about every boat in the harbour.

Holding onto my tickets in case we pass by again, but highly doubtful I will be returning.

I recommend a more appropriate £15 for adults and £10 for children, and ditch the 'we charge for every attraction individually but we can sell you an all inclusive ticket for half price, for only £30' scam.

1  Thank Neil S
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

There's more to do than you think at the dockyard, with a huge range of maritime museums aimed at both children and adults and a number of ships people can walk around. Walking through the Victory and the Warrior gives you a real sense of how British sea power worked and the lives of the men who kept the ships afloat. They are kept mostly as they were and well maintained. The Mary Rose has also always been really interesting to see, although only part of it has been found and is preserved at the dockyard - I have been meaning to have another visit to see the new museum where it is kept. If that's not enough, people can have a cruise around the harbour where they are given a tour of some of the working warships currently docked in Portsmouth.

Thank ibexi
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Staff welcoming and helpful, guides knowledgeable, ships interesting if challenging for those with dodgy mobility or overheight! Can't wait to go back when Mary Rose musuem re-opens.

Thank Maggieanne49
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

After queuing for over 45 minutes just to buy a ticket for the dockyard I was in no mood to enjoy the place. On a sunny bank holiday you would have thought they could have managed more than two tills open at the ticket desk. If we hadn't had driven for 2 hours to get there I wouldn't have bothered. Ticket prices here are high to say the least but a 50% off voucher eased the shock somewhat so have look around on the Internet before you go. Once insight the Victory and Warrior are without a doubt world-class attractions and the harbour tour was fun on a beautiful sunny day. Top-tips. Book online to avoid outrageous queues just to buy a ticket. Take a picnic, the food looked dire and expensive. Try and find a money off voucher to bring down the ticket price. Enjoy paying to see what your ancestors paid taxes to build...

Thank JWUk
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