• £12.00 Adult
  • £6.00 Child (5-15)
  • £11.00 Senior/Student
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The Shocking Story of Franklin’s Final Expedition

This fascinating exhibition at the National Maritime Museum offers you the unique opportunity to learn and explore more about Sir John Franklin and his two ship’s expedition in 1845.  Setting out with his crew with the aim of discovering the final stretch of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic, the expedition ended in the most gruesome and deathly way.

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Tour Highlights

  • Discover and learn more about Sir John Franklin’s last ever expedition from England
  • The extra special chance to see personal items in the exhibition help to piece together the mystery of the expedition
  • See the archaeological finds in the exhibition, many of which have never been displayed before
  • Spend time at the leading maritime museum – the famous National Maritime Museum
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This fascinating exhibition at the National Maritime Museum offers you the unique opportunity to learn and explore more about Sir John Franklin and his two ship’s expedition in 1845.  Setting out with his crew with the aim of discovering the final stretch of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic, the expedition ended in the most gruesome and deathly way.

Those on the voyage were left in a bitter fight for survival as the conditions worked against them and eventually, they were left lost and unaccounted for.  Although there was a search mission and many other crews went out looking for this famous captain and his men, they too faced the same consequence.

The expedition has remained a mystery for 170 years and theories of their deaths include lead poisoning, starvation, madness and cannibalism.  Now, you can try to piece it together and come up with your own conclusions on what humans are capable of in the direst situations.  This world-first look into the discovery of Franklin’s ships HMS Erebus and Terror and the mummified bodies of some of the crew members undergoing DNA testing, personal belongings and archaeological finds on display in this intriguing exhibition will give you an insight into this mystery like no other!

Important Information

  • Once booked, this tour cannot be cancelled.
  • Please take your voucher/confirmation to the admission desk at the National Maritime Museum to enter the exhibition.
  • Approximately I hour duration.

Tour Inclusions

  • Entrance to the exhibition

Opening times

Museum opens daily from 10.00am – 17.00pm with last admission at 16.30pm

Venue Information

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NF


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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