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A Royal May half term at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!

Have a right Royal May half term at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!

With a jam-packed schedule of activities, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the place to be this May half-term! Meet Henry VIII at The Mary Rose and visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy for themed activities and explore their fantastic ships and collections. There is also a brand-new exhibition on show that celebrates The Queen’s loyal service to the Royal Navy.

Explore Britain’s first iron-clad battleship, the HMS Warrior 1860 and immerse yourself in all its Steam Age glory. Come and marvel at the sheer scale of the largest and fastest of all Royal Navy ships that dominated Queen Victoria’s Black Battlefleet.

Don’t miss a visit onboard HMS Victory to experience Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s famous flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar, brought to life by a stirring audio guide. The Nation’s Flagship gallery is just across from HMS Victory and tells the extraordinary story of this remarkable survivor from acorn to icon.

Not to be missed is The Mary Rose Museum, Henry VIII’s favourite ship that served in his fleet for 34 years before sinking during the Battle of the Solent in 1545. Discover an extensive display of thousands of the original objects recovered alongside the ship, giving a unique and moving insight into life in Tudor England.

Also, relive the challenging conditions aboard the HMS M.33 the First World War’s only surviving ‘lucky ship’ from the Gallipoli Campaign. Make a day of it and travel to Gosport on the Harbour Tour or Waterbus to walk the narrow hall of HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum or visit the new gallery at the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.

May half term themed activities take place at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June, coinciding with the celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There are a variety of engaging children’s workshops taking place, as well as fun and informative resources and events for families and interactive displays for all ages. Entry to all half term events is free with a valid ticket.

And the best part? With an Ultimate Explorer ticket, you can visit now and keep coming back for the whole year to soak up more of what you may have missed! Ultimate Explorer prices start from £39 per adult and £29 per child – book online today!

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