A Seafaring Nation

Exploring England’s Maritime Heritage

Maritime trade and naval power are critical to England’s story, from early pre-historic and Roman settlers to Drake’s golden age of exploration, and the flowering of the Royal Navy.  England’s national identity has been powerfully shaped by our coastal and maritime history and heritage.

We will see historic ships, dockyards, coastlines and uncover the real stories of iconic maritime conflicts such as the Battle of Trafalgar and the D-Day landings.  We visit world class maritime heritage sites, including UNESCO World Heritage sites at Greenwich Royal Observatory, the ’home of time’, and London’s National Maritime Museum; Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, still situated within a working Naval Base; and Kent’s impressively conserved Chatham Historic Dockyard.

We will also explore the coastline and local character of Southern England, delighting in picturesque harbours, local food specialities and the music of traditional sea shanties.

Key Features

  • Discover an awe-inspiring collection of ships and museums at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and visit the most complete dockyard of sail at Chatham.
  • Stand at the centre of time at Greenwich.
  • Marvel at Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, lost with all hands in 1545, recovered from the seabed in 1982.
  • Walk the decks of Nelson’s Victory and see the coat he wore when fatally wounded at the battle of Trafalgar.
  • Discover stories hidden beneath the streets of London, exploring the War War II bunker where Churchill led Britain to victory.

Want to know more?

  • Download the full itinerary for A Seafaring Nation:  England’s Maritime Heritage.
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Specialists

Helen Jackson, professional curator and heritage advisor

Recommended Airport

London Gatwick

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