Last spring we took advantage of a great Amazon Local deal to get a family ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which, like all their tickets, was valid for a year. Throughout the past year we have made numerous visits to the Historic Dockyard and would wholeheartedly say that our visits there have been fantastic.
Whenever we have visited the Historic Dockyard we have always used the Park and Ride which is so simple and convenient and gives added excitement to the children who love going on the double decker bus. The bus stops right by the Historic Dockyard and is an ideal way to get into the centre of the city. It is also situated close to Gunwharf Quays which we have sometimes visited for a meal or a quick bit of shopping after our visit to the Historic Dockyard.
On our first visit, the boys were captivated by the sight of HMS Warrior as we first arrived. To them it looked like a real pirate ship and they were desperate to go on board. As well as HMS Warrior, you can also look around HMS Victory (Lord Nelson’s Flagship and my personal favourite) as well as The Mary Rose.
Alongside visiting the ships, there are plenty of other things to do at the Historic Dockyard. A huge favourite of the boys was Action Stations which had many interactive things for them to play on. They loved Sky Tykes, a small rope course, as well as the climbing wall and a helicopter simulator.
On our final visit with the annual pass, we took advantage of the Waterbus to the Submarine Museum at Gosport. Both the Waterbus and the Submarine Museum were included in the annual pass so there was no extra cost. We really enjoyed having a look around the submarine and the adjacent museum and the boys especially enjoyed trying out real periscopes! The Waterbus across to Gosport was so enjoyable that we also went on a Harbour Tour, again included in the price of the ticket. This was a great way to see some of the modern navy boats around and get an insight into some of the navy buildings you can see from the harbour. For example, the 100 foot deep swimming pool used in submariner training.
We have just about managed to see everything we wanted to before our tickets expired. I am certain that in the future we will look to get another annual pass as the boys (and us) have got so much out of our visits to the Historic Dockyard.