Top 10 winter wonders to experience

Top 10 winter wonders to experience

Top 10 winter wonders to experience

28 November 2018

As the festive season dawns, we often forget the simpler joys of life when visiting. From a gorgeous meal inside Boathouse 4 to experiencing the dockyard at dusk – there’s plenty of things to do to warm the soul this winter. Take time to read our ‘top 10 winter wonders’ guide and be inspired to explore this season.


1. Taste a delicious hot chocolate on HMS Warrior

For a wondrous winter warmer, come onboard Warrior and enjoy a luxurious hot chocolate with all the trimmings. The original Victorian surroundings are perfect for the start of the festive season. Sit where sailors ate and admire giant cannons whilst you savour your drink.

2. Marvel at our magnificent 25ft Christmas tree

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same without our giant spruce tree which takes centre stage alongside HMS Victory. If you time your visit right, you’ll be able to see the tree lit up with traditional fairy lights. You’ll feel festive for sure as you try to capture its scale.

3. Step onboard HMS M.33 

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Discover HMS M.33 on your winter adventure as you step onboard this legendary First World War ship. Her history includes supporting servicemen at the British landings in Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli and the seizure of the Greek fleet at Salamis Bay in 1916. 

4. Be wowed by a Tomahawk Cruise Missile

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Take a bracing trip across to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum on the Waterbus to see a brand new addition to the collection, a Tomahawk Cruise Missile. With pin point accuracy, the Tomahawk can strike a target hundreds of miles away. The missile will be revealed on 6 December for all to see. 

5. Treat yourself to a warming winter meal

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A day out at the dockyard wouldn’t be complete without a delicious meal inside Boathouse 4 Restaurant. Enjoy panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour or see traditional boatbuilding just below you. Or if you prefer something lighter, nibble on a mince pie or a homemade slice of cake.

6. See the Trafalgar Sail from Nelson's flagship

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Follow the story of the Trafalgar sail from Lord Nelson's famous flagship on display until 22 February 2019. Measuring the equivalent of two tennis courts when fully laid out, the sail is 80 feet at its foot, 54 feet at the head and 54 feet deep. The sail is accompanied by a short audio and lighting presentation featuring footage from the popular film Master and Commander.

7. Wrap up warm on the top deck of HMS Victory

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Whether misty or clear, the views from the top deck of HMS Victory are amazing and look out onto Portsmouth Naval Base and surrounding area. Spy Nelson’s plaque which shows the spot where he fell and be moved by the experience.

8. Work up a sweat on the climbing wall


You might normally associate fitness with a New Year resolution, but we feel the perfect way to warm up is on the giant climbing wall inside Action Stations. Take to the wall and see who can scale it the fastest.

9. Explore the dockyard on foot 

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Go for a wander through the dockyard this season and see your ships in a different light. Winter is the perfect time to take sunset snaps – so don’t forget to bring your camera. Entry to the dockyard is free unless you want to explore any ship or museum during your visit.

10. Discover Nelson's treasures

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The modern Royal Navy wouldn’t be what it is without the exploits of Lord Nelson. Discover his story and his influence on naval warfare inside the Nelson Gallery. Follow his life from able seaman to Vice-Admiral and be astounded as his adventures at sea.

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Experience our winter wonders this season and explore the dockyard in a different light. Save 20% on a Full Navy Ticket when you book online. 

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