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The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket

1. The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket

Visit the new state-of-the-art museum built around King Henry VIII's flagship which sunk during battle off the coast Portsmouth in 1545. The ship was raised from the seabed in 1982 and the award-winning museum was built in 2013. Walk through a range of interactive displays in which 9,000 Tudor artifacts also rescued from the seabed have been reunited from the ship. See how these artefacts tell the story of life on board for the crew and officers in Tudor times. The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world, and houses the largest and most unique Tudor collection of objects. New for summer 2021: Experience "1545 - When their world ended", a brand new immersive experience that will take you back to July 19, 1545. Re-live the final moments on board the Mary Rose as it sinks during the Battle of the Solent. Step back in time to hear from King Henry VIII and the crew of Britains' most famous shipwreck. Experience the immersive Tudor warship sinking.

HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

2. HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

Visit HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous battleship. Best known for her role in the battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is now the flagship of the first sea lord and a living museum to the Georgian Navy. New for 2021, HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. Visitors can descend into the base of the dry dock and view the ship from below. The ship stands as a memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, and his victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb aboard HMS Victory and step back in time to the Georgian period. See the cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned. Walk the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought. You can even stand in the spot where Nelson died. HMS Victory is currently undergoing conservation work but is still open, and visitors can experience Victory Live! to find out more about this conservation project.

Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

3. Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

Enjoy a visit to Portsmouth’s fascinating D-Day Story and learn about this pivotal event that changed the course of World War Two. Explore the museum dedicated to telling the story of 6 June 1944 through exhibits, interactives, and video from the perspective of those who were there. Divided into three distinct parts, The D-Day Story includes access on board the LCT 7074, the last surviving landing craft tank which carried ten tanks to Normandy on D-Day. On board, see the Sherman and Churchill tanks which give an impression of what an LCT full of vehicles would look like. Learn about the story of D-Day told through personal accounts and the iconic objects from the museum's collection. Discover more about 'The Plan' - how those in charge made the crucial decisions around when and where to cross the channel and the secrecy and deception required. The museum is also home to the Overlord Embroidery, telling the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 34 extraordinary hand-stitched panels. Film clips of veterans talking about their experiences give visitors further insight into what took place.

From Portsmouth: Isle of Wight Day Tour by Bus and Ferry

4. From Portsmouth: Isle of Wight Day Tour by Bus and Ferry

Meet in central Portsmouth and travel by modern executive coach to the Isle of Wight via the Wightlink Ferry. Get a great photo of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower and its historic dockyard as you depart. Arrive in Fishbourne, Isle of Wight at noon. Take a scenic 20-30 minute drive to the charming village of Godshill. Upon arrival, discover its medieval church and see its 500-year-old thatched cottages, tea shops, and the Model Village. Explore the village with your guide and learn more about the local history. Continue to Alum Bay, famous for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and "the Needles". Choose between a chairlift ride (optional extra charge) or a walk down the steps to the picturesque beach. Lots of activities for the kids too! Enjoy the stunning views of this scenic location, with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. After some time here, travel back to Fishbourne for a 6:20 PM ferry back to the mainland, returning to Portsmouth just after 7pm.

Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Historical Walking Tour

5. Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Historical Walking Tour

Portsmouth, Southsea and Old Portsmouth are brought spectacularly to life by a born and bred Portmuthian with a passion for the city's history. The tour will reveal mysteries from its dark but also dazzling streets, bringing to life the characters and their capers: What distractions were the Portsmouth Poll women to Pirates, Paupers and Princes? Who was Jack Nastyface? Why was Old Portsmouth SO diabolical?How does coffee, espionage and the stories of rogues entwine in this fascinating den of demons?

Portsmouth Treasure Hunt: Outdoor Quest

6. Portsmouth Treasure Hunt: Outdoor Quest

Looking for fun things to do in Portsmouth? Gather your friends and family and get ready for an unforgettable adventure! Outdoor Quest is an immersive treasure hunt with some added strategy and a modern twist. Think of it like an outdoor escape room... After downloading our game booklets and reading a short introductory story, you will find a list of clues leading to items you will have to locate or specific tasks you will need to complete. Tasks are completed by taking photos with your mobile phone. Each item on your list will give you 1, 2 or 3 gold coins depending on difficulty and the first person or team to reach 40 gold coins wins. If playing alone, you can end the game at 40 coins or complete as many tasks as you like to maximise your entries for our prize draw! With endless fun for all ages, Outdoor Quest is an adventure you won't want to miss. Cover photo provided by Ronald Saunders under a Creative Commons license.

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What people are saying about Portsmouth

What a fantastic day out . Good value for money and all our questions answered by very informative guides. After buying an annual ticket, we will be going back in the Spring.

Fab value for money. Very informative exhibits and staff. Spent about 6 hours in docklands and other paŕs still to enjoy.

Brilliant such a good day! My son enjoyed his birthday here and is so looking forward to taking his dad there!

this is a must to visit and have a good look around the ships

All exhibits excellent it doesn’t come any better,