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At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard we offer a fantastic range of education visits for groups at all levels from Foundation Stage through to Post 16. We provide experiences which cannot be created in the classroom and are designed to maximise pupils' learning experiences, with a range of options depending on curriculum, visit time and budget.

 

 

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  • To book a self-guided discovery visit or one of our extensive range of workshops please complete the online booking form. Alternatively, you can telephone 02392 839766 (option 3) and speak to a member of the Advanced Sales team. Bookings must be made and paid for in full at least 10 working days before the date you wish to visit, our sales team can advise on facilities and availability and help you to plan an itinerary for your day.

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  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has produced guidelines for teachers bringing pupils on education visits. It is the responsibility of group leaders to complete a full risk assessment prior to visiting and these guidelines do not replace your own assessment being undertaken.

    Please download the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard guidelines and the guidelines for the attraction(s) you are due to visit.

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard risk assessment

    HMS Victory risk assessment

    HMS Warrior 1860 risk assessment

    Mary Rose risk assessment

    National Museum of the Royal Navy risk assessment

    Action Stations risk assessment

    For security purposes we do not have the facility to store lunch boxes or bags so we advise that luggage is kept to a minimum and pupils have backpacks so their hands are free for climbing ladders aboard the ships. We also advise all visitors to wear sensible shoes and dress warmly in cold weather.

  • To help with advance planning and preparation we strongly recommend that teachers make a free preliminary visit to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to complete the required LEA Risk Assessment forms. For schools that have made a booking, we will allow a free preliminary visit for the education visit leader plus 2 colleagues (if making a preliminary visit during the week) or a free family ticket for the education visit leader (if making a preliminary visit at the weekend or in school holidays). Please bring with you a letter on school headed paper identifying you as the visit leader, stating your booking reference number.

  • Please discuss any special requirements at the time of making a booking so we can help you get the best from your visit. All attractions are fully or partially wheelchair accessible and hands-on activities are designed to be as inclusive as possible. The Mary Rose has resources for visually impaired pupils and those who use symbols. Touch tours and handling sessions are also available at National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Magnifying glasses and large print text can be arranged in advance. Complimentary wheelchairs are available in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitor centre on a first come, first served basis and are not pre-bookable.

  • An indoor eating area is available for education groups with packed lunches, space in this area is limited and pre-booking is required. There are also several outdoor and covered picnic areas around the site.

  • Coaches can drop off and pick up at the Hard Interchange which is a 200m walk from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Coach parking is provided in local council car parks at a discounted cost of £7.50 per coach.

  • Portsmouth Harbour train station is just 200 metres from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and many of the train companies offer discounted rates for groups travelling out of peak hours.

    South West Trains: Up to 26% off for groups of 10 or more. To book telephone: 023 8072 8162 (8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday) or book online.

    Southern Trains: Up to 26% off for groups of 10 or more. To book telephone 084 5127 2920. All bookings need to be made at least 7 days in advance.

    First Great Western:To book telephone 084 5700 0125.

  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is less than 5 miles from Junction 12 of the M27, follow the brown and white signs to 'Historic Dockyard' which will lead you to our official 295 space car park which is located only 400 yards from the entrance at Victory Gate. If this car park is full there are others within close proximity at Gunwharf Quays and Havant Street. Please see our car parking page for more information.

    Park and ride service

    Portsmouth's park and ride service runs seven days a week, is situated at a purpose-built location on the M275 entrance to Portsmouth.

    The service includes:

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • £3 a day
    • A smartcard system offering substantial savings

    More information about park and ride.

  • Ferry services operate from France, Spain, the Isle of Wight and Gosport on a regular basis by the companies...

    Wightlink Ferries

    Gosport Ferry

    Brittany Ferries

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