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Going to be sailing out of Southampton(flying into London a few days before embarkation) next July and being a history buff, I would love to tour the Royal Navy Dockyard in Portsmouth.  Has anyone done this and can share some tips etc?

 

Thanks in Advance!

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There are direct trains from Southampton to Portsmouth and it takes about 50 mins, there are 3 stations in Portsmouth, Fratton is the 1st, Portsmouth & Southsea is the 2nd then the one you want is the last one on the line and is called Portsmouth Harbour so make sure you ask for that station and your ticket may say ‘Any Portsmouth Station’, which is fine.

Historical Dockyards is a short walk (head left) from Portsmouth Harbour station and you can buy a multitude of tickets to see specific attractions or a one ticket does all, I am sure you have visited the website. The submarine ‘Alliance’ was our favourite and you need to use the frequent boat service (included in ticket price) to get to it, it will all become obvious once you are there. The Mary Rose exhibition requires an extra ticket if interested in that one.

Enjoy your trip

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I suggest that you take a train from London (Waterloo) to Portsmouth (Harbour) and stay there the night before you sail. You can catch a train from Portsmouth to Southampton on sailing day, after a return visit to the Royal Dock.

 

You should buy tickets for the dockyard in advance to get a discount  https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets-and-offers

 

You want the "Full Navy" ticket which would allow you to return the following morning. Note that Mary Rose is a different museum and you have to pay for that separately.  https://maryrose.org/your-visit/ Well worth the cost though.

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Same as the answers from Bob & BLine.

 

Train from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Portsmouth Harbour is the stop after the main Portsmouth & Southsea stop, and is the terminus - so you can't miss your stop.

You'll see the three-masted HMS Warrior  (included in the ticket) as you leave the station - it's by the Dockyard gate, a 4 to 5 minute walk.

The rail website doesn't go out to your date, so you'll need to double-check times & fares in the New Year.

Currently the regular fare is around £40, but "advance" tickets are from just £9. Those advance tickets aren't available until about 8 weeks out - to see them enter a random date for early December. Those advance tickets are only good for the train time that you book - miss that train & your tickets are trash so you'd have to pay the full walk-up fare for the  next one.

 

You also have the option of travelling by bus from central London's Victoria coach station to Portsmouth by National Express coach.

https://www.nationalexpress.com/en

Journey time is a little longer, but the fare is only £4 and it will be more convenient if your London hotel is in the Victoria area.

Destination is "The Hard, Portsmouth" (nnot Portsmouth International Port). The Hard is right by Portsmouth Harbour rail station, so equally convenient.

National Express buses are far superior to Greyhound - seats are comfy,  wifi at seat, washroom, driver loads luggage.

 

Travel early in the day, there's actually several days-worth at the historic dockyard - and a week's-worth in Portsmouth & Southsea. Or consider coming over a week earlier :classic_wink:

 

Choose a hotel handy to the harbour station & dockyard gate.

Best known is the Holiday Inn Express in Gunwharf Quays, but there are several others. 

We'll be at a dinner on board HMS Victory next saturday for Pickle Night -  great back-story https://www.nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk/sites/default/files/HMS Pickle.pdf   

We'll be staying 100 yards from the dockyard gate, at the Royal Maritime Club (associated with naval personnel, but available to all), I can come back here with a report after that.

There are lots of restaurants  close by in Gunwharf Quays, though they're modern national & international chains.

Old Portsmouth fortifications and Southsea seafront are worthy of an evening, perhaps with a meal at the Spice Island or Still & West pubs, both ovelooking Portsmouth harbour entrance

 

HMS Alliance and the submarine museum is very interesting, but it's the other side of Portsmouth Harbour in Gosport and IMHO it'd take too much time out of your short visit to Portsmouth.

 

Next morning the Historic Dockyard doesn't open until 10.00 am & you'd need to be heading for Southampton by about 1.00 pm so you'd have only limited time to return to the dockyard. Hotels will look after your luggage after you check-out.

 

Portsmouth to Southampton is about an hour. Again you have the choice of train or Nat Express coach. If by train there's no discount for early booking. If by coach, best to pre-book cos it sometimes sells-out.

Destination is Southampton Central station or Southampton coach station.

There are taxi ranks at both, furthest cruise terminal is 10 minutes, £10 taxi.

 

Since your visit is a long way off, best to bookmark or print-off this thread.

 

JB :classic_smile:

 

 

 

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On 10/24/2019 at 9:33 PM, JMaclauchlan said:

Going to be sailing out of Southampton(flying into London a few days before embarkation) next July and being a history buff, I would love to tour the Royal Navy Dockyard in Portsmouth.  Has anyone done this and can share some tips etc?

 

Thanks in Advance!

We came in a few days early both in 2016 and this year and visited the Dockyard.  Chose to stay in Southampton both times as we had been to London before.  We stayed at the Premier Inn West Quey and the train station is an easy walk from there.  I should mention that we took the National Express bus done from Heathrow and you can just pull your suitcase to the hotel from the bus station.  The next day we walked over to the train station and bought same day return tickets to Portsmouth.  Spent the best part of the day there touring the HMS Victory, the HMS Warrior and this year the Mary Rose exhibit, not to be missed!!!  Make sure to check out "Hatch" :classic_smile:.  We also checked out the other exhibits.  When we'd had enough it was back on the train and back to the hotel.  In 2016 we also went to Winchester and this year to Salisbury both easy train trips.  We had no problems both times going to Portsmouth and people are always willing to get you "set right" if you have any problems.

 

Hope this helps.

 

<<<Karen>>>      

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The others gave you good advice already. We came in to Southampton in July 2017, flying into London super early that morning. We had initially planned to walk around Southampton, but our driver suggested Portsmouth instead. We used the Smiths for Airport, and he stopped at our hotel in Southampton and then without an extra charged, took us over to Portsmouth (since he had to go there to go home after his shift anyway!). We spent several hours walking around, but you could spend all day there for sure. We finally took the train back to Southampton in the early afternoon.

 

So if you have a few days in London, you could come down to Southampton the night before your cruise and just take the train to/from Portsmouth. Or like someone else said, go to Portsmouth for the night and then take the train in the morning to catch your cruise.

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5 hours ago, kctwinmommy said:

So if you have a few days in London, you could come down to Southampton the night before your cruise and just take the train to/from Portsmouth. Or like someone else said, go to Portsmouth for the night and then take the train in the morning to catch your cruise.

There seems little point in going to Southampton just to catch a train or taxi to Portsmouth.

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45 minutes ago, Bob++ said:

There seems little point in going to Southampton just to catch a train or taxi to Portsmouth.

 

I suppose. I was just giving options, depending on where they want to stay the night before their cruise.  For me, I like to be in the port city where our cruise is leaving from. That's all...

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