Museums in Portsmouth
Portsmouth has a rich and varied history that can be traced back to Roman times. It has played a central role in Royal Navy operations for generations, has the world's oldest dry dock and it's where Henry VIII watched the sinking of his beloved warship, the Mary Rose.
This enviable heritage is why there are so many museums in Portsmouth. Southsea Castle, for example, showcases not just the emergence of Southsea as a location, but also traces royal castle building. It's said that Henry VIII took a keen interest in castle architecture and even set the specifications for Southsea Castle himself; its angled walls ensuring there were no blind spots for enemies to utilise.
Just a short walk away from the castle is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the aforementioned Mary Rose now stands. After being raised from the Solent bed in 1982, she went through a lengthy restoration process which has only recently been completed. Now the historic ship can be viewed like never before, with visitors even able to be in the same room as the ship for the first time since she went on display.
Over at the Portsmouth City Museum is - among others - a homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous work, that of 'consulting detective' Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was a practicing doctor in Southsea when he wrote the first two Sherlock novels and there's a blue plaque bearing his name just a few hundred metres down the road.
The D-Day Museum is the only one of its kind in the UK. At its centre is the majestic Overlord Embroidery - a work that took inspiration from the renowned Bayeux Tapestry. This 83-metre long tribute to those who took part in Operation Overlord is an embroidered version of the 32 watercolour paintings by Sandra Lawrence that tell the story of the operation, and which now hang in the US Pentagon.
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Built in 1544, Southsea Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts.
Pay a visit to the small terraced house of 1805, in which the famous novelist Charles Dickens was born and lived for a short time.
The D-Day Museum is temporarily closed to the public, for an extensive transformation project. It will re-open in spring 2018.
Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot.
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Portsmouth Museum is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth with exciting and varied displays.
Although a cliché, the phrase ‘must see’ truly applies to Fort Nelson’s astonishing collection of different artillery and guns from different time periods.
Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain. It has many different habitats in a very small area, and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all.
Looking to visit the amazing Portsmouth Historic Dockyard?...If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Portsmouth tourism site!