A private and bespoke tour direct from your London accommodation with a personal Driver and Guide.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard contains a collection of some of the worlds most historic ships - HMS Victory, Flagship to Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Mary Rose - King Henry VIII War Ship recovered from the sea in 1982, a time capsule of Tudor life. And not forgetting HMS Warrior the formidable Iron Clad that saw the end of the age of sail. All this, plus museums containing personal possessions of Admiral Nelson, and the history of the Royal Navy and life at Sea.
Portsmouth is still home to the British Navy and the harbour boat tour will give you an insight into her current vessels.
• Bespoke & Private Tour At Your Pace
• Go on board HMS Victory and learn it's amazing History
• Brand New Visitor Centre for Mary Rose
• Learn all about the British Navy
• Harbour Boat Cruise of Portsmouth
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
What's Not Included
Food and drinks
TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 99
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Service animals allowed
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
All UK Government Safety guidelines and requirements at the time of travel will be followed during your tour.
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Public transportation options are available nearby
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
What To Expect
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
This private tour includes full access to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and all its museums and exhibits.
Tickets also include a Harbour Tour.
Lord Nelson's Flagship Victory is the main attraction here. You will be able to step aboard the World's oldest commissioned War Ship and go below deck to see the spot where Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar. A Sea battle that firmly established Britain as the greatest Naval Power and 'Ruler of the Waves"
Admission Ticket Included
The Mary Rose
The Mary Rose was a Tudor Warship and Flagship in the Navy of King Henry VIII.
Tragedy struck the English Fleet at the Battle of the Solent in 1545. While repelling a French attack Mary Rose's open gun ports flooded, and she sank. 90% of the crew went down with her as they were trapped under the anti boarding netting.
Rediscovered in the 1960s, and recovered in 1982. Archeologists found a time capsule of Tudor warfare and life.
Now you can see the remains of Mary Rose in this excellent and award winning museum full with thousands of Tudor artifacts.
Admission Ticket Included
HMS Warrior 1860
Launched in 1860, Warrior was the most heavily armed and feared ship in the British Navy. This Iron Clad Ship patrolled the channel and served as a detterant against French attack. She has masts and sails, but also a powerful Engine room.
However, the Victorian era was one of rapid development and industrialisation and Warrior soon became obsolete. Warrior truly was the end of Warships under sail.
Eventually becoming and oil refueling vessel
until the late 1970s. In the 1980s she underwent an incredible restoration project, and you can now see Warrior returned to her 1860's glory.
Admission Ticket Included
Fantastic tour of The Mary Rose.
An excellent tour at The Mary Rose Museum. We chose the highlight tour on top of the main ticket price. It was just myself and my husband on the tour and we were so glad that we chose this option. Greg, our tour guide was just fantastic. He was so knowledgable and interesting to listen to. Quite a task to fit everything in to an hour but he managed this without us feeling rushed. We had a great time. We had wanted to see the Mary Rose since we saw it raised and we were not disappointed. Big thanks to Greg.
Quite expensive but well worth the visit.
Going around the HMS Victory was quite an eyeopener. Fascinating to see how people lived on board all that time ago.
The Mary Rose tour was also interesting.
Surprisingly fun tour - something for everybody
We had a private tour from London in September, 2019 and it was great. First, the trip from London was worth it to see the countryside. When we arrived in Portsmouth, we went to the needle tower and got a view of one of the most historic ports from which western civilization was exported. We then went to see the Mary Rose. That is a spectacular museum although it is unlike any museum we have ever seen. Literally half of the ship, from stem to stern, is exposed from the beam to the upper deck. It is all behind glass to keep it from deteriorating. We went through three floors of the museum, the ship always in view. We literally saw what a 1500's ship looked like, the items aboard, some skeletons like that of a dog from the original sinking. This is a fantastic museum.
We then went to see the HMS Victory. Equally fantastic. Of course, everyone went to the brass plaque on the main deck where Nelson fell. More interesting, one gets to see how seamen lived in those days, how they slept, the complete lack of privacy, the cannons, the kitchens, the hold. While it is one of the most historic ships in the world, there is nothing like seeing it.
Spectacular, interesting and not common
This was one of the most interesting parts of a London trip. The drive to Portsmouth was not too long and we got to see much of the countryside. Portsmouth, unlike London, was NOT crowded at all. First we went to the Mary Rose. This is one of the most unusual, interesting museums in the world. The ship has been brought up, at least one side of it has, and the three floor museum is built so you can walk the decks of the ship in a parallel area seeing the internals of the ship itself. Due to humidity, the ship is walled off in a glass area. You get to literally see what the inside of a ship from the 1500's was like. On the top floor, there are are artifacts from long bows, to a dog, to the leather clothing to the eating utensils. The Mary Rose was a wonderful experience.
We then went to the HMS Victory. There were not more than 20 people there and it was a very interesting visit. There is a bronze plaque where Nelson checked out and there are guides in many parts of the ship who tell you what went on there several hundred years ago. Great trip.
Excellent Tour to Portsmouth
Our family of two adults and two teenagers spent the day with Richard on the Historic Dockyards/Portsmouth tour. During the drive from London, it was immediately apparent, Richard had a love and vast knowledge of history combined with the passion of sharing it. The drive two and from Portsmouth was as fun and knowledge filled as the tour of our destination. Richard had been coming to Portsmouth sine he was a very young child, his understanding of the area and its history, made for a very memorable day. Our tour had the right balance of flexibility but structure to ensure we saw the sites important to us. Richard is the type of person you would enjoy spending time with and his amazing knowledge of England and its history, make for great memories to last a lifetime.
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