HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
HMS Warrior is one of the lesser known ships in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is a massive site containing a number of museums and other attractions. As part of the Dockyard collection, it is possible to purchase either an all attraction ticket, or a single attraction ticket, both of which last for a year.A single adult ticket for HMS Warrior costs £18, and children cost £13; but a ticket covering all of the attractions costs £32 and £23 respectively (there is a discount for buying online as well).
Launched in 1860, HMS Warrior was part-steam and part-sail powered, and the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet. As the first iron-hulled armoured warship she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day. Despite this, HMS Warrior never fired a shot in anger, and she started to become obsolete and fell out of service as steam overtook sail power.
Laid out as she would have looked during her service days, visitors to HMS Warrior have good access to most of her (unless they have mobility issues or pushchairs, in which case they have no access). There is printed information available and some guides in contemporarySomeone or something living or occurring at the same time. dress, who will talk about aspects of the ship or life onboard when prompted. There are also guided tours available, which seem informative and interesting, but are not suitable for young children who are easily bored. Unfortunately, the best way to learn about HMS Warrior is through one of these tours, as information is sparse, and more commentary is needed around the ship. When trying to explain something to our children, my husband and I sometimes found ourselves guessing and occasionally barking up completely the wrong tree.
Whilst interesting in her own right, HMS Warrior does not have the fame of some of the other ships on display at the site, and so can often get overlooked. This is good for avoiding crowds, but sadly does make her seem a bit like the poor relation.
For more information about HMS Warrior, click here.