Tucked away in the south of England is some fabulous English Heritage – and if you can get just one night away – let me tell you how to make the most of it!
Let’s start at Beaulieu, I’m not a car enthusiast – but even I enjoyed the old cars from the 60s and 70s on show, and the memorabilia of those days that took me on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.
From Southampton we crossed the Solent to the Isle of Wight – our aim was to visit Osborne House, summer home of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. The gardens, the house and the rooms are sumptuous. “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” are her own words when she first came to Osborne House.
Sailing back to Portsmouth, we wanted to visit the Mary Rose. The story of Henry VIII, watching his ship sink in front of his eyes in 1545 is a tragedy – but the story of Mary Rose being raised from the sea bed almost 500 years later is amazing! The museum and its artifacts (about 19,000 of them) are a fascinating insight into life during Tudor times. And it all feels so REAL!
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can keep you all day, visiting HMS Victory National Museum, Harbour Tours and much more – the best thing is to plan what you want to do in advance, and not do too much at one time!