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HMS Victory
Victory & The Mary Rose

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Home of the Royal Navy for centuries, the dockyard at Portsmouth now houses two amazing maritime museums.

HMS Victory

Admiral Lord Nelson's flag ship was launched in 1765 and is still on the navy lists as a serving vessel. She is most famous as Vice Admirals Lord Horatio Nelson's flag ship during his defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission, with 245 years' service as of 2023.

Carrying 104 guns she is classed as first-rate ship of the line and it took 6000 trees, nearly all oak, to build her.

Nelson died aboard her during the battle, shot by a French sniper from the rigging of a nearby galleon. His body was placed in a cask of brandy to preserve it on it return to England.

Now open to the public we can explore her fully and find out about the Nelson and the men who lived, sailed, fought and died aboard her.

The Mary Rose

Mary Rose

Mary Rose, pride of Henry VIII's navy was lost in the Solent on 19 July 1545 and, after and icredible piece of maritime archelology she was retrieved from the sea bed on the 11th October 1982.

She had sunk while attacking the marauding French Navy taking over 400 men and boys to their deaths. She was not actually sunk by enemy action but, we think, heeled over steeply during a squall and took on water, perhaps through her open gun ports. This led hher to founder and then sink.

The retrieval and of her and the thousands of objects she carried have opened up and fascinating window into the lives of the Tudors in general and those who fought for them in particular. 


Trip Details

Pick-up time – 09.00

Drop-off time – 8-9 hrs

Drive Time total – 8-9hrs

Steps (approximate) – 8-10K

Ticket Link (Book for 10am) –


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