Day-tripping #1: heading out of Wandsworth this Easter?

It’s almost Easter. Which means getting excited about holidays and day trips. We’ve got a hunch that 2014 is going to be the tonic to 4 years of keeping a lid on the costs, that the weather will be better and we’re set for a summer of fun.

Being a London based Self Storage company we often focus on things to do in the capital. Not this time – we’re spreading our wings – so here is the first of three suggestions for a day trip out of London and experiencing England’s history and heritage. Before we get to telling the places though, let’s set some criteria.

Journey time – no one wants to be cooped up in a car for half the day (especially the kids), so we’ll stipulate a maximum journey time of 1.5hrs from each of our London Self Storage centres – they’re in Wandsworth, Southwark and Camden.

Cost – The economy might be picking up, but that doesn’t mean we can ford to break the bank so, assuming a family of 4, we’ll say that the basic ticket (opt family ticket) price shouldn’t cost more than £100. You’ll of course need to add fuel and food on top of all that. 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – At 1hr 21mins from our Wandsworth Store, it might be close to the max limit of our journey time, but days out don’t come much more packed with things to do than Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. In fact, you might want to find a place to stay overnight as it is quite a struggle to see and do it all in one day.

Firstly there are ships. Three to be exact. All representing a different point in Britain’s illustrious Naval History:

The Mary Rose – the theory is that an overloaded Mary Rose sunk accidentally when water flooded into her lower gun ports which were open. It was 19th July 1545 and the British were engaging the combined Spanish and French fleet off of Southsea, Portsmouth when Mary Rose foundered. 90% of her 400 strong crew went down with her and lost their lives. In 1971 timbers from the ship were rediscovered and a marine archeology and salvage operation planned. The main bulk of the ship was raised in 1982 and now resides (along with thousands of salvaged Tudor artefacts) in the purpose built Mary Rose Museum.

HMS Victory – one of the most iconic warships ever to have graced the sea, HMS Victory was Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805 and is a real-life legend. London’s Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column give a hint at the significance of this battle in our naval history – so the original flagship (now well over 200 years old) is well worth a tour.

HMS Warrior – Warrior was the world’s first Iron Clad warship. Built in 1860 she was the cutting edge of shipbuilding technology – but obsolete in just a few years as the technology moved on apace.

Victory’s Fore topsail – Another artefact that’s well worth hunting down (you’ll find it in Storehouse 10) is HMS Victory’s fore topsail. Complete with authentic pock marks and cannon ball holes, it is the second largest sail from the ship and was in use during the battle of Trafalgar. If only it could talk, we’re sure it would have plenty of stories to tell – especially about storage.

It might sound a lot – but a family ticket for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (for all of the attractions above – and a much, much more) is amazing value at £72.00.

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