Journey through naval history with Big Ticket

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Jacquie Shaw (third from right), Royal Navy Submarine Museum's Bill Sainsbury (fourth from left) and Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust's Nick Hewitt (far right) celebrate the Big Ticket launch with guides

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Jacquie Shaw (third from right), Royal Navy Submarine Museum's Bill Sainsbury (fourth from left) and Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust's Nick Hewitt (far right) celebrate the Big Ticket launch with guides

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Some of Portsmouth and Gosport’s top maritime attractions have joined forces to offer one Big Ticket this summer.

From Monday, visitors buying a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can also visit the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport for just £2 extra.

What’s more, the Big Ticket includes Waterbus transfers between the attractions.

A site ticket to the historic dockyard is already valid for unlimited entry to HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Action Stations for a whole year. As well as one entry to HMS Victory, the Mary Rose Museum and harbour tours.

Now, until the end of the school summer holidays (September 4), the Big Ticket will enable the story of the Royal Navy and its importance to Portsmouth Harbour to be told in one coherent journey for one great price.

The Big Ticket costs £17.80 to £23.50 and includes some of the most famous warships in the world – Henry VIII’s favourite ship the Mary Rose, Nelson’s HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, which never fired a shot in anger during 10 long years of sea domination.

Along with seeing these beautiful and historic vessels, visitors can learn about life onboard and the compelling stories of bravery and heroism of generations of serving personnel and their families.

Local families and tourists can also discover some of the Royal Navy’s most powerful and secret weapons – past, present and future – at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, where they can hop on board the only surviving Second World War era submarine, HMS Alliance, with a veteran submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves.

At the MoD’s formerly secret weapon’s store, now Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, visitors can get up close to massive guns, mines, missiles, depth charges, explosives and other Royal Navy hardware from the days of sail to the modern age.

Jacquie Shaw, head of communications at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard says: ‘This ticket offers exceptional value for money and time. It’s a great way for locals to get acquainted – or reacquainted – with the museums across the water in Gosport.

‘It enhances the naval story associated with all these great attractions and it’s a real boost for the Waterbus service across the harbour plus a brilliant offer for those visiting the city over the holiday period.’

Big Tickets cost £23.50 for those aged 16 to 59, £20.35 for anyone aged 60 or over or full-time students with ID, £17.80 for those aged five to 15 and £64.15 for a family of up to five.

They can be purchased at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitor centre and are valid for a year. So, even though this special price is only available this summer, the benefits can be enjoyed right through to the next.

Full terms and conditions and visiting information is available at historicdockyard.co.uk/bigticket or on (023) 9283 9766.

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