The City of Portsmouth is home to a host of fascinating museums covering all aspects of Portsmouth's past as well as the award-winning Gunwharf Quays- with over 20 cosmopolitan bars, designer outlet shopping, nightclubs, a multiplex cinema and bowling.
Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates.
Ask anyone to name the most famous warships in the world and Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 are sure to feature. Their appeal endures because of the graphic and moving stories associated with them; being the favourite of Henry VIII; the victor at the Battle of Trafalgar and never firing a shot in anger during 10 long years of sea domination.
But it is more than that. It is the social history about life onboard and in the wider society; the bravery and heroism of generations of serving personnel and their families and their compelling stories; the technology that meant Britain led the world and the anecdotes which have fashioned our language for centuries.
Add the National Museum of the Royal Navy; interactive Action Stations; a Harbour Tour; the Dockyard Apprentice and the Trafalgar Sail and you have one of the best-value, full days out in the UK.
Explorers can learn history in fun ways with costumed interpreters, games, dressing-up, crafts, trails and talks. There is also lots of space for children to explore in their own way, including indoor attractions to cater for that ever-changing British weather!
Those with a more serious interest in naval matters have ample opportunities to discover more and our expert guides are on hand to help.
Plus, much-needed refreshment is available in Costa Coffee, Boathouse 7 or the Georgian Tearooms and shops include national retailer Nauticalia, museum shops and Antiques Storehouse. Picnic areas are also available. Ticket and visiting information is available on www.historicdockyard.co.uk or call 023 9283 9766
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