The best vantage point of the newly-commissioned aircraft carrier
Best views of Britain’s largest aircraft carrier ever built from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Relive the excitement of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visiting Portsmouth on Thursday 7 December, when she officially commissioned the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can take advantage of the very best views of Britain’s largest aircraft carrier ever built.
Did you know that without National Lottery players, the £7.8billion of funding awarded to more than 42,000 heritage projects over the last 23 years just wouldn’t have been possible?
This Christmas, hundreds of National Lottery grant recipients are saying 'thank you' for their National Lottery funding by offering everything from free entry and free hot beverages, to free guided tours and gift shop discounts.
Here is a selection of some of the projects for which we would like to say "thank you"!
The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Hampshire County Council have joined together to develop an exciting project to conserve, restore and interpret HMS M.33. As part of Heritage Lottery Fund week we are celebrating the support they have given us to make the ship accessible for the very first time.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s ‘Hear My Story’ at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opened in 2014 and tells the untold stories from the ordinary men and women, who worked onboard our fleet of ships over 100 years of naval history.
The SeaMore Project will create the country’s newest national museum collection in an innovative Centre for Discovery based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The grant of £13.85million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will transform access to naval heritage and create a new Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
A £3.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was given to the Alliance Conservation Project to save HMS Alliance, the last surviving British A-Class Second World War era submarine in Europe and a memorial to 5,300 submariners who have given their lives in service.
In 2014, the Warrior Preservation Trust Limited received funds for the “HMS Warrior 1860 – Revealing the Secrets of Shipwrights and Sailors”. This project aims to digitise the archival collections and enhance the visitor experience with exciting new interpretation.
In 2013 an endowment fund for HMS Victory was supported by a £5m award as part of the Catalyst Endowment Initiative - a joint programme between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Thanks to a £3.75 million from the HLF and several other charitable foundations, Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust was able to transform the original Second World War boathouse into a Centre of Excellence for boatbuilding training.
The only one of her kind, the Mary Rose has been under-going continuous conservation since she was raised in 1982. The entire Mary Rose project has cost £39 million, including, in total, £26 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Let us lead you on a festive inspired trail across Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this Christmas. Come face to face with 12 magnificient nutcracker statues guarding 800-years of navy heritage as you discover the story behind each one.
Painted by leading 3D artists, ‘Wild in Art’, our stunning nutcracker statues represent our very own 12-days of navy Christmas. Download our nutcracker pack and discover the inspiration behind each statue as well as our nutcracker trail map.
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Based on the 12 days of Christmas ditty, our naval-inspired nutcrackers have vividly been brought to life by leading 3D artists, Wild in Art.
Our mischievous nutcrackers have been on parade to celebrate Christmas and all things festive. Watch our nutcrackers on parade video and choose your favourite statue. Can you find them all across the Historic Dockyard?
When you visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard next, you might hear a classic Christmas ditty playing across the Historic Dockyard, sung by Portsmouth Military Wives.
Rewritten specially for us, the '12 Days of Navy Christmas' song is based on our 12 festively themed nutcracker statues. From gold braids to Henry's ship, the Portsmouth Military Wives delightful performance of a Christmas classic is wonderfully recreated in to a catchy naval number.
Please note that the waterbus is not running over 2-3rd December. If you would like to visit the Royal Navy Submarine Explosion or Explosion then you can access these sites by driving to the museum or using the Gosport Ferry and walking to the museum. The Submarine museum is a 15 walk from the Gosport ferry and the Explosion Museum is about a 40 minute walk from the ferry.
You can buy tickets for Fagin’s Tavern comedy show on the day. Please visit the Fagin’s Tavern to purchase your ticket. Alternatively, you can buy them online prior to the event for Friday and Saturday night.
Our media team will be taking photos and filming on all three days. Please be aware that you might be captured on film when you enter marked areas across the Historic Dockyard. The footage may be used for promotional purposes online and in the media. If you do not wish to appear in the photographs or films, please avoid the area at the times given above.
Yes, you will be given a wristband or hand stamp to allow re-entry, although please be aware that you will need to pass through the bag search again upon re-entry.
We will issue your free carers pass when you arrive, please feel free to book for the rest of your party in advance and bring with you some sort of proof of status.
There are two ways we recommend – they’re fast and easy solutions. Portsmouth Park and Ride offers a day ticket for up to 8 people for £4 which drops you off outside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. If possible, we recommend taking the train as Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 3 minute walk away.