Portsmouth is only a 1 hour train journey from Salisbury, and the train station is really close to the Historic Dockyard where all the ships are found. The Dockyard has a number of ships and museums and is both fun and interesting for everyone!
While you’re heading over the dockyard, you’ll get a nice look at Spinaker Tower.
The first ship you should get a look at is the HMS Victory. Dating back to the 18th century, it was the flagship of Lord Nelson and most famous for its role in the Battle of Trafalgar. You get to wander around the deck and see all the weaponry below.
HMS Warrior 1860
Nearby is the HMS Warrior 1860, which was “Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship. Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain’s dominance in trade and industry, Warrior was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet” (HMS Warrior site). Similar to the Victory, you get to climb all over the deck, see the weaponry, but then also wander deep within the bowels of the ship.
The Mary Rose Museum
Also within the dockyard is the Mary Rose Museum, which is fascinating. No photos were allowed inside, but essentially they’ve preserved and encased the shell of a Tudor warship. Built in 1510 as part of King Henry VIII’s fleet, it was sunk in 1545, rediscovered underwater in 1971, and raised in 1982. As they pulled together the wreckage and artifacts, the contents of the museum were pulled together which makes for a really interesting experience!
Across the harbour (but still technically part of the historic dockyard) is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. I’m not sure how the navy managed to spend so much time in those submarines. If you don’t get too claustrophobic, definitely take a tour through the HMS Alliance and see how much they crammed inside.
And since you can only walk single file through, it’s the perfect opportunity for a selfie!
When you visit
Make sure you check out the Historic Dockyard website for prices and rates, as you can get a really good deal if you buy an all-access pass. Also wear comfortable shoes or sandals for walking and clambering around the ships!