HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Polite notice: To celebrate the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will offer free access to our attractions from 11am on 7 December. You can also access Action Stations and the Mary Rose for free as well. 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - The Home of HMS Queen Elizabeth

It’s a proud day for the Royal Navy as HMS Queen Elizabeth will be commissioned in her home port of Portsmouth this week. Join in the celebration by visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of The National Museum of the Royal Navy for FREE on Thursday 7 December 2017.

As Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet. This will be the first time the Queen has visited the UK’s newest aircraft carrier since she formally named her in Rosyth in Scotland, July 2014.

Get the best view of HMS Queen Elizabeth.  

Find the perfect view of HMS Queen Elizabeth from three different vantage points across the historic dockyard

About the new aircraft carrier
The £3billion aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of the most advanced warships ever built by the Royal Navy and will be on operations for the next 50 years. The new Queen Elizabeth class carrier is 35 times the size of Nelson’s famous flagship HMS Victory and four times her length

Six UK shipyards were commissioned to build HMS Queen Elizabeth with 11,000 people involved in the construction process. The nation's newest flagship will proudly sit alongside in dock across from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from mid-December.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth FAQs

  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be open to the public from 11 am on Thursday 7 December. The commissioning times will vary on the day. Visitors can view the commissioning from Action Stations in the auditorium. (Please note: The capacity is limited and is on a first come first served basis only.

  • As the ceremony is happening on Portsmouth Naval Base, we can not confirm sight lines during the ceremony. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers three fantastic vantage points to view HMS Queen Elizabeth from. This includes the poop deck of HMS Victory, the viewing platform of The National Museum of the Royal Navy and on a harbour tour.

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth will remain in dock for the remainder of December. Please stay up to date on our website and social media for the latest information.

  • Visitors are able to view the aircraft carrier from three distinct viewing platforms across the Historic Dockyard. HMS Queen Elizabeth is an active vessel, operated by the Royal Navy. Because of this, visitors are unable to visit the aircraft carrier but are able to view it clearly from different viewing platforms only.