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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ.
Visitor Centre – 02392 728060 (open daily 10am-5pm), www.historicdockyard.co.uk
Opening times – see website or ring visitor centre for details.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to three of the most important and iconic naval ships in history: The Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, plus plenty of other attractions. The Mary Rose now has its own museum which opened earlier this year and reunites it with many of its 19,000 artefacts and crew. This museum has been built around the ship and for the first time, visitors will be able to see it with the preserving sprays switched off.
Also on display is HMS Victory, which is the oldest commissioned warship in the world and a memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Visitors can see on board The Great Cabin, where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned and the spot where Nelson died.
The other warship is HMS Warrior 1860 and this was the world’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship that was both powered by steam and sail; and it is the only surviving ship of Queen Victoria’s Black Battle Fleet. There are four decks to the ship, which gives the visitor a feel of what life was like as a Victorian sailor.
There are also other attractions to visit; this coming spring there will be a major exhibition opening in the brand new Babcock Galleries, called Hear My Story, Action Stations, which brings the modern Royal Navy to the visitor, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and harbour trips.