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Maritime Portsmouth & Historic Houses of Hampshire

Maritime Portsmouth & Historic Houses of Hampshire

Discover Britain’s maritime history and historic houses on our fascinating break to Hampshire!

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Discover Britain’s maritime history and historic houses on our fascinating break to Hampshire! From our base in Southampton, we visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the UK’s premier destination for naval history and home of the British Royal Navy. We also visit the medieval Beaulieu Palace House and Estate, one of the first great houses in England to admit visitors when Lord Montagu opened its doors to the public in 1952.



Return luxury coach travel on The Optimum Experience

4 nights half board

Visit to Oxford en route on day 1

Admission into Portsmouth historic Dockyard & Beaulieu Palace House, Gardens & the National Motor Museum

Free time in Southampton


Please note this price does not include our door-to-door, to add this service please tick the option at checkout.



HISTORIC DOCKYARD (FULL DAY): Situated in a working naval base, discover Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where you will have the opportunity to visit your choice of either Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 or the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Later, there will be free time to explore the other highlights the maritime city has to offer, perhaps wander around Old Portsmouth, with its cobbled streets, picturesque Camber Dock, traditional pubs and tucked-away tearooms, or Gunwharf Quays, with 90 outlet stores and 30 restaurants, bars and cafés, not to mention the Spinnaker Tower for a bird's eye view of the waterfront.


(FULL DAY): The historic city of Southampton is a major port and home to the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls, boasting inspirational art galleries and fascinating museums. With lots of opportunities to shop and sightsee, explore the chic waterfront Ocean Village Marina, head to the refurbished timber-framed Tudor House and Gardens in the Old Town, home to over 800 years of history. Or visit the Solent Sky Museum, depicting the incredible story of aviation around the Solent once the centre for world aviation research, including the Harrier, Tiger Moth and of course in its Southampton birthplace, the mighty Spitfire!


(FULL DAY): In an idyllic New Forest setting, delightfully situated in the former grounds of the Abbey overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River, Palace House is one of the most charming historic houses in Hampshire. Built around the former Abbey Gatehouse it is a fine example of a Victorian country house and its owner, Edward, Lord Montagu, played a pivotal role in the preservation of England's historic houses. The gardens include the fragrant Victorian Flower Garden, the informal Wilderness Garden, dating back to the 1770s, and the Victorian Kitchen Garden. The world-famous National Motor Museum in the grounds contains a priceless collection of over 250 historic vehicles.

Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel ****, Southampton



Dating back over 500 years, the 4-star Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel is the oldest hotel in the city, it was host to Jane Austen's 18th birthday party and still has many original features including Britain's largest bay windows.


Hotel Facilities

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Lift

  • Wi-Fi


The Optimum Experience...


We are pleased to introduce our NEW luxury range 'the Optimum Experience' by Skills which will feature a selection of our 2021 holiday packages.

With an elegant and stylish design, our Optimum Experience offers amazing passenger comfort with soft, wide seats, generous onboard legroom and moveable headrest that ensures you're as comfortable and relaxed as possible as soon as you find your seat.




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Arnold High St Bus Stop Arnold High Street Bus stop,
Outside leisure centre car park, NG5 7EE
Beeston, Lace Road Beeston Lace Road, behind the Cricketers pub
Derby Bus Station Derby, Bus Station
Bay 27 & 28, DE1 2AY
Leicester, St Margarets St Margarets Bus Station, Bus Bay SV, Leicester
Gravel Street, Leicester LE1 3AG
Loughborough Amber rooms Loughborough Amber rooms, The Rushes
LE11 5BE
Mansfield Bus Station Mansfield Bus station , Bay A
Quaker Way, Mansfield, NG18 1JJ
Nottingham Mount St Nottingham, Mount Street
Alongside the Grosvenor Casino, NG1 6HE
Toton Lane Tram Stop Toton Lane Tram Stop Park and Ride
Toton Lane Tram Stop, NG9 7JA

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