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The man who rediscovered the sunken Tudor warship, Mary Rose, is being commemorated with a bronze bust twenty two years after his death. The bust will go on permanent display at the Mary Rose.

The Mary Rose Museum, is one of six finalists selected for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements of the best UK museums and galleries.

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has helped to shape the world. It made Britain a dominant sea power, protected its trade in troubled times and defended Britain from invasion or carried the attack overseas. The Royal Navy has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide, affected servicemen and women and the families of those who built, serviced and supplied its ships and influenced the lives of communities overseas.

"An insight into several aspects of Navy life over the years. It opened my eyes to the "hand to hand" nature of combat on board ships and ashore that I had never really considered to be part of the Navy life."Andy, London

The museum’s major gallery Hear My Story opened in 2014 and tells the undiscovered stories from the ordinary men and women of the ships which have shaped the Navy’s amazing history over the last 100 years, the century of greatest change. Hear My Story brings you closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy; cutting edge interpretation lets you see and hear the stories of the Navy in war and during peacetime.

The Sailing Gallery shows the realities of fighting at sea in the age of sail, the Nelson Gallery examines Nelson’s colourful, crowded and short life and the Sir Donald Gosling Victory Gallery explores the history of Britain’s most famous warship from the laying of her keel to her significant battles. Visitors can walk through the multi-media show the ‘Trafalgar Experience’, meeting Nelson and his great foe Napoleon, feeling the blast on the main gun deck during the Battle.

As HMS Victory undergoes her most extensive refit since Trafalgar, the exhibitions will share the forensic analysis changing our understanding of Victory’s past and the scientific investigations showing new ways of securing her future.


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Visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth website here

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

HMS Alliance is Britain’s only remaining World War II submarine and stands as a memorial to the 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives in service.

"Absolutely superb visit, plus a guided tour of the submarine was nothing short of brilliant. The guide we had named Russell spent 31 years as a submariner and his knowledge was second to none."John, Gorleston-on-Sea

A tour of Alliance begins in the forward torpedo store, then on through the accommodation space to the control room, where experienced submariner guides demonstrate the navigation systems including diving and surfacing. The tour continues through the galley and on to the heart of the submarine, the engine room, before culminating in the aft torpedo compartment, where the guides explain how submariners would escape in an emergency. Along the way, you can also peer through the working periscopes to view Portsmouth Harbour.

Alliance forms the centrepiece of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum along with Holland I and X24, the museum also contains thousands of photographs, documents, ship plans and artefacts. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is located in Gosport on the former site of HMS Dolphin; home to the Submarine Service for 100 years. A complimentary waterbus takes visitors across the harbour from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport PO12 2AS

Please note: As of 31 December 2017, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum has been removed from the Tesco Clubcard website. Tesco Clubcard customers have until 30 June 2018 to redeem any outstanding vouchers.

If you have any questions in regards to Tesco Clubcard vouchers, please contact our customer service team on 023 9251 0354.

Access via the Waterbus from the Historic Dockyard. Timetable here

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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

HMS Warrior 1860

HMS Warrior 1860

HMS Warrior 1860, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship and the newest member of The National Museum of the Royal Navy's fleet. Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain’s dominance in trade and industry, HMS Warrior 1860 was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet.

"The ship is fascinating and a wonderful restoration. It is fascinating seeing the life surrounding Victorian sailors. Also the attendants were knowledgeable, approachable and entertaining."David, Cowes

Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected both the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and shifts in Victorian society.

Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated. After 22 years’ service, Warrior’s hull was to be used as a depot, floating school and an oil jetty. Painstakingly restored in Hartlepool and back home in Portsmouth since 1987, Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Navy and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more.

Join the Captain and crew on board and explore this almighty Victorian battleship for yourself - the most fearsome naval weapon of her day and sole survivor of the Black Battlefleet. The Ship’s company are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.



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Special Event 

Book a sick berth talk with one of our volunteers and discover what the Victorian healthcare was like on HMS Warrior 1860.

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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

HMS Victory

HMS Victory

There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be the most famous of them all. Having served as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, she has become one of the UK’s most-loved visitor attractions.

"This is a must visit, living history. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all questions put to him. How so many men lived, worked, fought in such a small space is amazing." Alan, Solihull

Visit HMS Victory and see the spot where Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson fell, get the chance to meet Captain Hardy and find out about life onboard.



Start your own naval adventure and book tickets to see HMS Victory and our other attractions with our Annual All Attraction ticket. Visit the HMS Victory Museum and see artifacts from the ship. 



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Victory Support

HMS Victory is currently undergoing a 13 year, £35million conservation project, with experts from fields such as timber preservation, shipbuilding, rigging, conservation, engineering and heritage. This is an exciting time for the ship. The most obvious sign of the project is that her masts have been temporarily removed, and visitors are also able to see first hand some of the work that is being carried out on board to save HMS Victory for future generations to enjoy.


An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.

HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart. It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.



If you would like to be involved in the project donate here

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world. The purpose-built award-winning museum reunites her with many of her artefacts and crew, capturing the moment in time when she sank.

Step back in time and explore Henry VIII’s favourite warship – raised from the depths of the Solent and painstakingly conserved for future generations. The story of the Mary Rose is one of the most fascinating in naval history. A tale of battles fought against the French for over 30 years before sinking off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. It’s an account of her being raised from the seabed more than 470 years later and of her meticulous conservation.

The ship captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the Solent in 1982. Her dramatic story is now revealed in full inside the purpose-built, award-winning £27million Museum, which opened its doors to visitors in May 2013.

"Every time I get up close to the Mary Rose I am overwhelmed at what she represents. Centuries of history, Britain's greatest time capsule, our version of Pompeii"Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster

Be wowed by the stunning panoramic views of the ship from all nine galleries. You will feel like you're stepping on board.

Breathe the same air as the King's flagship on the upper deck, with just a balcony separating you from this Tudor masterpiece.

Watch the Mary Rose turn into a living ship. Meet the crew in peace time and at war, part of a captivating new experience.

In addition to the ship, the collection of artefacts is just as impressive. There are many thousands on display, including personal belongings such as wooden bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments and nit combs, and many of the ship’s weapons, from longbows to two-tonne guns. The museum offers a unique insight into the life of crew members too, with forensic science used to bring the story of the Mary Rose and her crew to life.


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Celebrating 34 years since the raising of the Mary Rose

On Tuesday 11 October, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will celebrate 34 years since the raising of the Mary Rose from the depths of the Solent, making this month the perfect time to #MakeTime to visit Henry VIII’s favourite warship, whether for the first time or for a first visit since the Mary Rose Museum reopened in July to international acclaim.

The reopening in July, following a six month closure and a multi-million pound investment, allows visitors to get closer to the Mary Rose than ever before. The new design enables the public to take in the stunning panoramic sights of the ship from all nine galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main decks- giving, at times, the sensation of walking on board.

The new Mary Rose experience includes the use of innovative technology to bring the story of the doomed warship even more to life. Fully immersing visitors in the Mary Rose’s history, projections onto the hull of the ship, with authentic sound effects and green screen Hollywood magic, shows just what life was like on a busy warship in 1545. Acted by staff and volunteers at the museum, the 66 vignette projections showcase life-sized characters all of whom would have lived on the ship in its heyday.

“The new museum, interpretations, galleries and innovative projections will make a visit to the Mary Rose the most complete and authentic experience in its 34 year history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,” comments Director of Visitor Experience, John Rawlinson. “Professor David Starkey has commented that The Mary Rose is Britain’s Pompeii, so complete were the thousands upon thousands of artefacts we rescued from the floor of the Solent, and this new experience we are offering truly brings this to life.”


Visit the Mary Rose website here


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