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Devonport Royal Dockyard

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Large Group visit by boat to Royal Navy Dockyard

My group of 42 from Wales had a wonderful morning cruise around Plymouth Sound, Royal Naval... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Recommend this boat trip

took 2 grandchildren 5 & 7 on a boat trip for the first time, and they loved it. good value of £ 23... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2018
Jane T
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14 Oct 2018
“Large Group visit by boat to Royal Navy Dockyard”
4 Aug 2018
“Recommend this boat trip”
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 October 2012

We wanted to do this last time we were in Plymouth, but the tour needs to be booked ahead, and names and car numbers supplied to the Navy. We remembered this time, and it was well worth the effort. The morning tour of HMS Courageous,...More

12  Thank katie48
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 May 2013

So far as we can tell the only visiting within Devonport Naval Base is on Navy Days and occasional pre planned escorted visits to a few sites within Drake and the dockyard. Devonport is apparently bigger and more active than Portsmouth but has none of...More

11  Thank Mac M
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

My group of 42 from Wales had a wonderful morning cruise around Plymouth Sound, Royal Naval Dockyard, River Tamar and Cornish countryside. Very interesting cruise with loads of information. Brought back memories of some members who sailed from Plymouth during their time in the Royal...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

took 2 grandchildren 5 & 7 on a boat trip for the first time, and they loved it. good value of £ 23 for 2 adults 2 children & something you appreciate when you have done this trip. Plymouth history is interesting when you learn...More

2  Thank Jane T
Reviewed 10 June 2018

We saw the Dockyard from the water while on a boat trip of the harbour. It is breathtaking to see the large naval ships and makes you feel very safe and very proud of our Navy.

2  Thank Roverlass
Reviewed 29 May 2018

The Devonport Naval Heritage Centre provides a view of the history of the Dockyard. If you are in Plymouth it is worth going to the visitor centre and see how it has supported the Navy since the 1800's, but especially during the second world war....More

1  Thank deejay100uk
Reviewed 16 March 2017

You get to see lovley frigates ans submarines from diffrent parts of the world when they do stop here

1  Thank Richard C
Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

As an active naval base you can't just expect to rock up and walk around. The yard does host a lot of external events though, if you get the chance take it! The place is full of history and the ships/subs are interesting to see

2  Thank Hafniu
Reviewed 13 August 2015

If you are in Plymouth visit the Naval Heritage Museum. We had a wonderful guided tour with a retired naval architect who was a mine of information. I could have stayed all day there was so much to see. I understand this museum is currently...More

1  Thank Steve R
Reviewed 29 July 2015

These docks must have been amazing in their day, firstly the docks buildings although they are now used for other things, with a little imagination you can see the officers going into the buildings and getting their manifest sorted out. Then lookout to the water,...More

2  Thank Taffyby
Reviewed 15 December 2014

Superb, unreliable taxi companies, let down by three companies after pre booking the night before. Mariners Guest House totally amazeballs the best place to stay

Thank Damian D D
Reviewed 6 October 2014

I have visited the dockyard many times when i have come down to plymouth you can get a boat trip from the barbican it is very interesting and you can see the war ships in dock and at time you will see the sub on...More

1  Thank BveverleyEaston
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Jim J F
Did my apprenticeship there, 1962-68; a very stressful and unpleasant experience. In winter would arrive and leave in darkness, often cooped up in a workshop most of the day. Work was a love/hate relationship and too many of the employees were lazy and indifferent, or plain incompetent. Plymouth has an inferiority complex, IMO. Civic pride is lacking due to its relative isolation and unfortunate geography, locked between Dartmoor, the Channel and River Tamar- all restrictions to access and transport. For instance, the rail trip from Exeter only 40 miles away takes about an hour... Must be the largest UK city without an airport, just appalling. Decades of bad governance under ultra-conservative administrations hasn't done much to promote its history- which is more imposing than that of Portsmouth but far less understood or appreciated. I emigrated for a better future for my kids, only regret being I didn't do it sooner.
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Colin H Technically, Plymouth has an airport- or actually USED to have an airport, which has been closed for 6 years at least-- I flew in and out several times when working in Norway- no jets, only turboprops, slow & noisy... More