On our recent trip to Britain we had the chance to explore the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which is the home to the HMS Victory, the ship that Nelson commanded at the Battle of Trafalgar.
It’s a great day trip from London and if you have any interest in British naval history, this is a must visit place for any history buff. Tours are offered several times every hour – and the guides are pretty entertaining. They do a great job of painting a picture of what life was life on the ship back during Nelson’s Time.
Also worth a look is the Victory Museum next to the ship, which is an entire museum dedicated to the entire history of the ship – which goes back and beyond the Battle of Trafalgar. That was just a day in its history – there are many more worth exploring.
Also next to the Victory is the new Mary Rose exhibit where you can explore the ship that was thought lost in the Portsmouth Harbour but was recovered and is slowly being recovered using an innovative chemical process. The new exhibit allows you to explore what life was like on the Mary Rose during Henry VII’s time. It’s a very interesting contrast to life on the Victory.
We visited the Victory with two children in pushchairs and they’re not allowed on the Victory – so you’ll have to park them outside. This normally wouldn’t be a problem, but ours god soaked by rain while we were waiting. So be sure to put the rain cover over your pushchair before going on your tour (which will last almost an hour).
The folks at Look Insurance have put together a new tool that allows you to explore various Hidden Gems around Britain and we’ve submitted the HMS Victory to the tool as we think it’s something that many more people should visit.