The Portsmouth Pass

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Last Monday saw the launch of the new Portsmouth Pass.

Looking out of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Four of the biggest tourist attractions in the city have got together and introduced a pass saving visitors a saving of 20% if you had to buy the entry passes individually.


The four are the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Mary Rose Museum and The D-Day Story.

What do you get for the fee which, at £65 for an adult, £38 for a child, £57.50 for concessions and £149.50 for a family ticket (which includes two adults and three children.) which sounds pricey given that what family on a day trip could visit all of these attractions?

For a start the pass is not valid for just one visit to some of the attractions. It includes annual pass to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and an annual ticket for The Mary Rose so you can visit those as often as you like.

HMS Victory

Secondly the Dockyard is much more than one attraction. It includes HMS Warrior which has just completed a renovation and HMS M.33 which is one of only three British surviving warships from WWI. (It was at the Dardenelles and served in the short-lived Russian civil war.)

Then there is HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship and one of the most well-known warships in the world. This year it celebrates its 260th birthday and it is still, believe it or not, the flagship of the First Sea Lord, the man who runs the operational side of the navy.

Given that you could easily spend the whole day at the Dockyard – and many people do -, you need to have entry on more than date otherwise the ass would not be worth buying.

part of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose is an astonishing achievement of Margaret Rule and others who spent so many years in raising and restoring Henry VIII’s flagship and slotted into an architectural cocoon and many will spend most of a day just there.

Then there is still the Spinnaker Tower from which you have great views over the harbour and watching the many ferries and ships leaving or entering the harbour. And I still haven’t made it to the D-Day museum yet!

Portsmouth is almost overrun by key attractions. In addition to those I have already mentioned, there arethe Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, Southsea Castle, the Blue Reef Aquarium, the Round Tower and the Splash pool for the under eights.

Will any of these join the scheme in which case, those spending a week in the city will find plenty to do and at a considerable saving.

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