Portsmouth has a long maritime connection, it’s Historic Dockyard is set within a working Naval Base

Portsmouth’s long maritime connection is known throughout the world – it’s Historic Dockyard is set within a working Naval Base and has a huge array of history, attractions and museums – there are picnic areas and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee, and it’s a must see if you’re visiting the South of England.

Some amazing things to discover include the HMS Victory, best know for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is the Royal Navy’s most famous warship and now a living museum to the Georgian Navy.

36 hours, Jutland 1916: The Battle That Won the War, is a brand new exhibition that tells the story of what was the greatest naval battle ever. 100 years on discover more about the 100,000 brave men and their heroic actions, the 250 ships that were involved and the families left to grieve when lives where lost.

Visitors to the Mary Rose Museum are in for a real treat, from 20 July 2016 the re-opening of the new-look Museum gives views like never before of the 470 year-old ship that was raised from the seabed in 1982. Visitors will share the same space as Henry VIII’s warship with just a balcony between them and the hull, and stunning panoramic views of the ship are available from the viewing galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing, as well as an impressive collection of artefacts and a unique insight into the life of the crew members too – bringing the story of the Mary Rose and her crew to life.

So as well as offering loads to do on Park at Mill Rythe there are some fascinating places to visit and enjoy nearby – it’s just a short drive to Portsmouth and well worth the trip whether is the history, the shopping, the food and drink or just for a change of scenery!