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We Londoners might be lucky enough to live in a buzzing city that’s full of things to do and see – but let’s be honest: every once in a while, it’s nice to escape on a daytrip out of town. This summer, why not head to Portsmouth? The Hampshire port town is just 90 minutes on the train from Waterloo, and is home to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: a haven of attractions that explores Britain’s long and rich naval history.
You can climb aboard the HMS Victory, the famous ship where Lord Nelson led the British to triumph over the Napoleon’s forces at the Battle of Trafalgar. There’s also the fearsome Victorian steam warship the HMS Warrior, while the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which will send you on a journey through centuries of naval history. There’s also the groundbreaking ‘Tattoo: British Art Revealed’ exhibition, which delves into the world of tattoo art.
Best of all though? Until September 2, kids accompanied by an adult can go free to the Dockyard, saving you that extra bit of cash for fish and chips on the beach afterwards. With a summer programme that's packed with event and activities – from glitter tattoo workshops to the chance to sit inside a WASP helicopter – you’ll find plenty to keep the little ones entertained. Round up your sailors big and small, and hop on the train to Portsmouth!
The Kids Go Free offer runs at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard until Sep 2. Buy tickets here. Terms and conditions apply.