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HMS Victory

Lord Nelson's triumphant warship is one of the best-preserved vessels from the Napoleonic wars and one of Portsmouth's most impressive attractions.

The pride of the British fleet, HMS Victory, served in the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary War. It earned its name at the Battle of Trafalgar, where Nelson led the fleet to success. Today view the ship in dry dock. It is still the flagship of the Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord after over 200 years in service and also serves as a museum dedicated to the Georgian Navy. Step aboard to find out more.

As you explore, imagine the sailors and powder boys who once walked the decks of this immaculate ship. Crouch down in the lower gun deck, where crewmen and cannons dwelled side-by-side. Pace the quarter deck as Nelson himself would once have done, stopping to observe the plaque marking the spot where the great leader fell.

See what life was like on the ship for the vice-admiral in the elegant great cabin. Look for a writing desk and a dining table where the officers ate and discussed tactics. Elsewhere, a replica of kitchen equipment demonstrates how food was prepared in the galley.

Discover more about the famous warship at the nearby Museum of the Royal Navy. The HMS Victory gallery chronicles the stories of the people who lived and worked on the ship and features a multimedia show called The Trafalgar Experience that puts you in the middle of the action.

Find the HMS Victory at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, where several other famous ships are docked. Visit Henry VIII's ill-fated Mary Rose and view more modern craft at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Learn about how these magnificent vessels are created at the Historic Boat Workshop.

The Dockyard is a short walk north of Portsmouth Harbour train and bus stations. Park on-site for a fee. The HMS Victory is open to the public on most days, but check online the day you plan on visiting. Remember that this port area is still a working part of the Royal Navy, so on some days it may be called back to noble duty.


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The Jolly Sailor $48
Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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The Jolly Sailor

The Jolly Sailor

54 Clarence Parade, Southsea, England
     
    3.5 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Lovely staff in pub, in the hotel need some spent on basics good shower, and shower bar faulty, door handles that fitted well.

    The Royal Maritime Club $108
    Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019
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    The Royal Maritime Club

    The Royal Maritime Club

    Queens Street, Portsmouth, England
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The history and location are amazing. The breakfast and decor are really fabulous.

      Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays $80
      Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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      Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

      Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

      The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, England
         
        3.9 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Property was clean and well situated. Stayed in a 2-twin room. Would be nice if the room had seating other than the beds.

        ibis Portsmouth Centre $69
        Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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        ibis Portsmouth Centre

        ibis Portsmouth Centre

        Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, England
           
          3.7 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The property is good and good condition. The staff is very friendly and have safety car park.

          Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel $81
          Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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          Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel

          Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel

          15 - 16 The Hard, Portsmouth, England
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Very comfortable, well appointed and clean. The cooked breakfast was average

            ibis budget Portsmouth $49
            Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019
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            ibis budget Portsmouth

            ibis budget Portsmouth

            Fratton Way, Southsea, England
               
              3.8 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Simple and good value. A little noisy outside on Saturday night. Breakfast really good value for 5 pounds

              The Lady Hamilton $59
              Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019
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              The Lady Hamilton

              The Lady Hamilton

              21 The Hard, Portsmouth, England
                 
                3.3 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very close to the Historic Dockyard - we could see HMS Warrior from our bedroom window. Free parking in a nearly street with a ticket from the Lady Hamilton.

                Duke of Buckingham $53
                Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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                Duke of Buckingham

                Duke of Buckingham

                119 The High Street, Portsmouth, England
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  A shame that they don't supply breakfast, else the food was excellent!