It’s not bikes, but you might find this in­ter­est­ing…

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Portsmouth His­toric Dockyard, Vic­tory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ.

Visi­tor Cen­tre – 02392 728060 (open daily 10am-5pm), www.his­toric­dock­

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.

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