1 days

From £195


As an island, Britain has always been a maritime nation. This is an opportunity to visit a seafaring city that brings together 400 years of maritime history, from the 15th century to the Victorian era.

Portsmouth has the oldest operational naval base in the world, dating from 1495, and is the best place in the UK to find ships and buildings related to the British navy in the age of sail. The Royal Navy helped to make Britain into a global power, and Portsmouth played a key part in this dramatic story.

This is an opportunity to examine every aspect of two of our Navy’s most famous ships, the Mary Rose and the Victory, with an expert to explain their significance. Sunk on the way to battle off Southsea in 1545, the Mary Rose and its contents make up one of the most important 16th-century collections anywhere, all beautifully displayed in the new museum. The Victory - preserved because of its associations with Horatio Nelson and Trafalgar – can tell us about what it was like to work and fight aboard a first rate ship of the line at the height of the age of sail.

Tour highlights:

  • Spend the day with our expert Dr Ian Friel, and explore Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory,the world’s oldest commissioned warship.
  • Discover the story of Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose.
  • Behind the Scenes’ at the National Museum of the Royal Navy for a privileged look in their stores.

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Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Ian Friel

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr Ian Friel is a maritime historian, who has enjoyed a long career working in museums, including the Mary Rose.

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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Guided by Price Availability
16 July 2022 AXMP220716 16 July 2022 (Saturday) Dr Ian Friel £195
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