Places to visit in Portsmouth

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Places to Visit in Portsmouth

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  • cjt63
    Oxfordshire, UK28 contributions
    Have wanted to come here for many years and finally made it. My high expectations were easily exceeded! If you visited before the revamped museum was created I'd suggest a revisit. Family who live in the area and had visited before the newer museum was created 5-6 year ago described a slightly disappointing experience when the preservation spraying was still being carried out. Understandable this was required as the trusts goal is to preserve her for a long future, which required approx 20 years of being sprayed 24 hours a day.

    However this is a museum worthy of the historical treasure the Mary Rose is. If you're expecting a few pieces of old wood, that's not what's here, around half the ship has been recovered and is on display. Apart from the ship I had no idea how many artifacts, many in amazing condition, had been recovered. On the top floor (through an air lock!) you are actually open to look down on the ship and can smell the wood, amazing they've done this for a precious 500 year old relic.

    The subject matter is very well presentation with audio visual and interactive displays which are good for kids and adults alike. There was even an actor playing the part of Henry VIII who presented and answered questions and was excellent.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Sharon C
    Norwich, UK338 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit if you like history. Lots to learn and lots to see. Quite child friendly and helpful staff to bring the experience to life.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Debbie P
    St. John's, Canada160 contributions
    this attraction is so well done. Everything laid out well. So clean and great exhibits. So surreal seeing the Mary Rose, The Victory and the Warrior in one place. Well worth the trip.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • rnorq
    Ruislip, UK8 contributions
    The views were breathtaking and the cafe was really nice, with really professional and friendly staff. The afternoon tea was generous, good selection of sandwiches, cakes and the scones were huge.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Sharon C
    Norwich, UK338 contributions
    Lots to see, lots to explore and plenty of information. Staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Best of all, this is all free!
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • A C
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Wonderful ship and a great historical record. Really well maintained and presented. The addition of on board ‘crew’ around the boat made it really engaging and helped educate with far more impact than signage. Really impressive.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • Simongeorgep
    West Sussex, UK167 contributions
    Eleven of us visited the D Day Story on a very hot August day. We had arranged talks, tours and a buffet lunch with Andrew, the Curator. We are going to the Normandy D Day beaches for four nights in a month’s time and were keen to learn more about what we will be seeing.
    Andrew gave a fascinating overview of D Day and suggested things we might want to go and see. We then visited the landing craft, but the highlight of the day was Andrew showing us round the Overlord embroidery, which was marvelous
    All in all a great day out and one that will put us in good stead for our Normandy trip
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • rnorq
    Ruislip, UK8 contributions
    Excellent shopping for designer brands, could spend a day here easily.
    The restaurants and bar choices are also very good.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Brian R
    South East England, UK32 contributions
    We visited the fort on a heritage day.
    We were given very good safety instructions.
    The guide really knew her stuff and brought the fort to life explaining how the defences worked. The 1 hour visit extended to about 1 1/2 hours.
    Written 20 September 2021
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  • Lucy T
    Isle of Wight, UK177 contributions
    Full of history and interesting things to see such as the cobbled streets, round and square towers and Portsmouth Cathedral. Well worth a trip!
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • ClaireandTerry
    London, UK126 contributions
    The sea defences work meant part of the front is closed, so you have to walk a long diversion between Portsmouth and Southsea to get around them. But other than that, great! There's a guy in a booth selling beer and other cold drinks on the pier. Go there. His beer is 5*. The area is very attractive. Will return.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • mazzaintazza
    London, UK314 contributions
    A more expensive but far more pleasant alternative to the dreary toll roads of France. We checked in early and were able to leave our car alongside the boat while we explored Santander for a couple of hours. We were very lucky to have a super smooth crossing (rough seas can apparently make this trip hellish). Our inside 4-berth cabin was tiny but the beds were comfortable, and we slept well.

    Staff were excellent- smart, helpful and looked like they enjoyed their jobs.

    On our crossing the meal sitting times were not used, so there was a long queue as soon as the restaurant opened. It’s school dinner style: stand in a queue and choose at the counter. Food was mediocre for us vegetarians. .A weedy soup, a bland pasta and cream-laden desert. We’d already been stung £9 for a pint and a half of beer and a couple of packets of crisps in the bar, so we didn’t order wine with our meal. Consider bringing your own drinks and snacks on board, especially as there’s a long wait after continental breakfast (also pretty poor) until you dock at 8pm.

    There’s a brilliant Video on Demand service you can access on your devices; a couple of hundred current moves to choose from (e.g Death on the Nile, A Quiet Place part 2).

    There’s a few live entertainment options; quizzes, an evening cabaret, and a whale watching guide. Passengers, even children, were well behaved on our trip, unlike our experience of Dover to Calais clientele. Great ocean views. Take a cushion as there are only hard plastic seats.

    It probably ended up costing a couple of hundred pounds more than driving up through France, but was worth it.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • jocelynhooton
    Portsmouth, UK193 contributions
    Never visited here before in spite of being 15 minutes away.Was suprised how large an area covered and all kept tidy and neat.The glass houses great and full of tropical well tended plants but signage would help for most visitors, luckily I grow a lot of the plants grown here.When we did find someone to ask they were very helpful.Visited the farm and all animals in good condition and quite hands on.The play ares also a great place to bring grandkids.Wide open spaces for youngsters to run in and some great viewing points.Will definatley return here and certainly reccomend.Next time will try the cafes.In fact a wonderful discovery.
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • Frankie B
    1 contribution
    The crossing was fine. Costa on the ferry was rubbish. It’s never bloody open when I’m crossing. The staff were on their phones whilst a large queue formed and everyone was complaining. We boarded at 9:20 and were still waiting at 9:40. By this time, they told us it would be another 10 minutes. Forget it! We’ll get Starbucks when we get there - at least the shop will be open.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • Mikey88
    Midland, Michigan743 contributions
    Its not cheap but was a great day out.

    We visited the WW2 sub and HMS victory. I'd thought the sub would be the highlight but both me and my 16 year old boy enjoyed the audio tour on the Victory more and the sub tour was excellent.

    The HMS Victory audio tour is one of the best museum things I've done in a long time, felt like you were in the battle of Trafalgar, fantastic!
    Written 10 August 2022
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