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Holiday type Special interest holidays
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £319
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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The Mary Rose and Portsmouth's maritime history

On his ascent to the throne in 1509, and faced with ever-present threats from France and Scotland, Henry VIII begun to build up his navy. Mary Rose was to become the pride of Henry's fleet, but after 34 years of service in 1545, she sank in the Solent whilst leading to attack on a French invasion fleet. Here she lay undisturbed until her rediscovery in 1971 and then excavation and salvage in 1982, a milstone in the field of maritime archaeology which uncovered a wonderfully preserved Tudor time capsule.

On May 31st 2013 the brand new Mary Rose Museum opened in Portsmouth's historic dockyard. The museum tells the story of Henry VIII's flagship and displays the many priceless and fascinating objects found in and around the wreck. On this weekend you will: enjoy two talks about the Mary Rose; spend a day exploring Portsmouth's historic dockyard before returning for a private evening at the Mary Rose museum; visit Southsea castle where Henry witnessed Mary Rose founder and Fort Nelson, home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery.


Included

  • Two nights bed and full breakfast at the four star Marriott Portsmouth (25 September 2014, 31 October 2014) or the four star Hilton Portsmouth (16 May 2014, 13 June 2014, 25 July 2014, 4 September 2014)
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private dinner with wine
  • Second night early-evening dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • Private evening with drinks reception at the Mary Rose museum
  • All visits and entrance fees
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout

    Two nights' bed and full breakfast at the four-star Marriott Portsmouth (25 September 2014, 31 October 2014) or the four-star Hilton Portsmouth (16 May 2014, 13 June 2014, 25 July 2014, 4 September 2014) Welcome reception First night private dinner with wine Second night early-evening dinner in the hotel restaurant Private evening with drinks reception at the Mary Rose Museum All visits and entrance fees Coach transfers and tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Welcome reception and private dinner with wine followed by a talk by either Christopher Dobbs, Head of Interpretation for the Mary Rose Trust, 'Diving on the Mary Rose' or Angus Konstam, a former naval officer and underwater archaeologist, 'Great Harry's Navy'. On October 11 1982, the Mary Rose was finally raised to the surface after 17 years of search, survey and excavation. Christopher Dobbs, Maritime archaeologist and commerical diver was on the team that worked on the excavation and salvage of this historic ship in 1982. Christopher's lecture will illustrate what it was like to be under the water as the ship was raised from the seabed as well as to find the objects inside the wreck during the excavations. Historian Angus Konstam, a former naval office, underwater archaeologist and curator, is a widely published historian and one of the world's leading authorities on piracy. The author of over 70 books, Angus has written over 50 titles on military and naval history titles including a two part study of the Tudor Navy and the acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea: the Quest the Perfect Renaissance Battleship.

Day two

Today you will have time to explore the museums and ships of Portsmouth historic dockyard. The historic dockyard plays host to Admiral Lord Nelson's HMS Victory and the Trafalgar Experience, the Victorian iron-clad HMS Warrior, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and The Dockyard Apprentice, the story of life in the Dockyards in 1911. Returning to the hotel in the afternoon, there will be an early evening dinner in the hotel restaurant and time to prepare for the highlight of the weekend, a private viewing of the brand new Mary Rose museum. On arrival at the museum you will enjoy a drinks reception and an introductory talk by either Christopher Dobbs or Professor Mark Jones. Professor Mark Jones is head of conservation at the Mary Rose Turst and responsible for the conservation of the hull of the Mary Rose and her 19,000 artefacts. He is considered one of the UK's leading conservation scientists in the field of ancient wood preservation. Both will talk about the Mary Rose collection, giving unique insights into the formation of the exhibitions and why the objects uncovered are so special. After this you will have a private viewing of the 19,000 objects, many of which were not on display in the old museum, ranging from bronze guns bearing Henry VIII's ciphers and crowns to whole sets of pewter to a wooden shovel, found by Christopher Dobbs himself on the orlop deck.

Day three

We will visit Southsea castle, one of Henry VIII device forts built to defend the south coast of England in 1544. Built to guard the entrance to the Solent and the entrance to Portsmouth harbour, it was from here that Henry witnessed the sinking of his flagship Mary Rose in the Battle of the Solent in 1545. The day will also include a visit to Fort Nelson, home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery - the Big Guns. Positioned atop Portsdown Hill with panoramic views across the Meon Valley and Portsmouth harbour we will be able to view the development of artillery from pre-gunpowder siege machines to modern-day super guns. Our final visit will be to Portchester castle, one of the most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts originally built in the late third century. Return to the hotel for approx. 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size is 120 passengers.
Marriott Portsmouth (25 September, 31 October 2014)

The four star Marriott Portsmouth is located near to Port Solent marina and a short drive away from the historic dockyards and Spinnaker tower. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and lounge, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has on-site car parking.

Hilton Portsmouth (16 May, 13 June, 25 July, 4 September 2014)

The four star Hilton Portsmouth is conveniently located just a 10 minutes drive away from the historic dockyards. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant facing a beautiful courtyard garden, bar, Costa Coffee lounge, fitness centre and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, wireless internet and hairdryer. The hotel has on-site parking.

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A great weekend thank you. Well organised, friendly, informative and very good accommodation. Couldn't have asked for more. Please keep us informed of others like this.
Sep 2013
Swindin