Stay at England’s Portsmouth Marriott Hotel and explore the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which has these amazing sights to offer families and maritime enthusiasts alike:
- The exciting new £27 million Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors last year, and provides one of the most significant insights into Tudor life while creating the new centrepiece to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The Tudor ship that captured the world's imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 is the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world, and the brand new Museum built around her reunites her with many of her 19,000 artefacts and crew.
- HMS Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy.
- HMS Warrior, launched in 1860, was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was Britain's first iron-hulled, armored warship and the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day.
- The National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth is one of the country’s leading maritime museums. Discover how the Royal Navy helped shape the modern world through stories of courage and determination in our three exhibition galleries. See treasures from the last 350 years like the Life Mask taken from Nelson’s face in 1800, the first Victoria Cross ever awarded in 1856, or a World War II Enigma Machine which helped win the Battle of the Atlantic.
Stay with us between the 28th and 30th November and visit the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. This firm family favorite set in the atmospheric dockyard surroundings returns again for 2014, and is the perfect way to start your festive season celebrations and preparations. You'll be magically transported into a bygone Victorian era of snowy streets - Cheapside and Richside - with seasonal carols and a host of colorful Victorian characters including chimney sweeps, suffragettes, wenches and gentry. The young (and young at heart!) will also delight in seeing the traditional Father Christmas (dressed in green) in a live stage show. Not to be missed is Fagin's Tavern in the spectacular Spiegeltent located next to the world famous HMS Victory. In here you will find a real ale bar plus entertainment.
The popular Christmas market offers a truly unique Christmas shopping experience, whether you are looking for that perfect Christmas present or maybe a treat for yourself the market areas will feature many new stalls to browse. Offering a wide array of unusual Christmas gifts not to be found on the high street plus food and drink, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts and home ware... there really is something for everybody. To book your ticket at Early Bird prices visit christmasfestival.co.uk.
We hope you will come and enjoy a nautical day out in Portsmouth for all the family!