Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
I had no idea how big this place was when we were looking into visiting, it felt like we just kept walking haha.
You don’t need a ticket to get into the site but you do if you want to get into any of the attractions. If you get the full navy pass, you not only get into every attraction except the Mary Rose Museum but you get to go back whenever you like for a whole year. We only had tickets for the Mary Rose Museum so we couldn’t get into any of the ships or attractions but we were ok with that, we said that we could do those another time.
There is plenty to do there like the HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, Horrible Histories Pirates, Action Stations, National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, HMS M.33, Harbour Tours, Waterbus, Boathouse 4, Dockyard Apprentice, Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum.
The passes are for 1, 2, 3 or all the attractions but there is so much to choose from that works out a lot cheaper to get the full navy pass.
There are a few cafes dotted around but they are a bit pricey so I would suggest taking your own food and drink if you have children with you as it could work out quite expensive.
There are live actors walking around that make it really fun for the kids as they are dressed up as pirates and soldiers.
I loved seeing the ship figureheads dotted around the dockyard, they are all from big important historical ships. I liked to wonder the places their ships had been to and what battles they had seen. Plus, they are huge! I never realised how big they were until I got up close to one.
We had fun walking around the little museum in-between the big cafe and gift shop, it was free so we thought we would give it a look. It showed some of the machines and methods used to build ships as well as how they progressed from wood to iron.
The only issue that we had was that we went on what felt like the hottest day of the year, and because we didn’t have tickets to any of the attractions except the Mary Rose Museum, it was hard to find anywhere that was shaded. The Dockyard seems to be one big suntrap.
With all the attractions and things you can do, this is a brilliant place for a day out for the whole family. I’d love to go back.