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Best-ever visitor numbers for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is celebrating its best-ever performance across the country and at its managed destination brand, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Since its formation in 2009 the National Museum, which is based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has merged the four service museums representing the submarine service, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Royal Marines and the surface fleet and brought HMS Victory into the charity sector. It now has a national reach of over 1.2 million visitors, up 20% this year. 

The management of the destination brand Portsmouth Historic Dockyard transferred to the National Museum in 2014 and under its stewardship visitor numbers to the site are at an all-time high at over 850,000.

At the destination Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The National Museum owns and manages HMS Victory; HMS Warrior 1860; The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth; Gosport’s Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of the Naval Firepower plus HMS M.33. A brand new Royal Marines Museum will open in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2020 and an innovative Centre for Discovery housing two million collection items. 

The museum works in partnership with The Mary Rose Trust which runs the independent Mary Rose Museum and Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust which manages Boathouse 4 and Action Stations.

In Portsmouth alone £4 million will be invested in historic ship conservation during 2018. Conservation expertise and professional stewardship of historic ships was one of the compelling reasons the Warrior Preservation Trust transferred ownership of HMS Warrior 1860 to the National Museum during 2016. Other ships currently being cared for in Portsmouth include Cold War submarine HMS Alliance in Gosport and First World War survivor HMS M.33.

Top facts

  1. Record visitor numbers of 850,000 at managed destination Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with economic impact figure of £110.40 million per year.
  2. Historic fleet led by HMS Victory now world’s 50th most powerful navy by displacement
  3. £4 million investment in historic ship conservation in Portsmouth
  4. Investment in First World War navy interpretation stands at £23,150,000

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 10:16

What can you do about Blue Monday?

Exercise is proven to lift your mood or perhaps start a new activity or hobby for the new year. Enjoy time with friends and family as well to help banish the winter blues. 

An annual ticket makes a great gift idea for friends and family. Whilst we don’t currently offer gift packaging as part of your order, our system generates a unique reference number which can be used by the receiver.

Although the ticket will be in your name, all the gift recipient will need is the 6 digit order reference number from the confirmation email. They can bring this number along on their first visit. We will then print out the ticket on the day. At that point the ticket will be personalised to them - so they can use it for the next 12 months.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:48

What is an Annual All Attraction Ticket?

An Annual All Attraction Ticket gives you unlimited access for a whole year to 11 amazing attractions including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, Action Stations and others. We offer a range of great value tickets for all the family or individuals – choose the right one for you. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:47

What's the promotion?

Enjoy 40% off an Annual All Attraction Ticket which gives you unlimited access to 11 amazing attractions for a whole year. Jump onboard HMS Warrior 1860 as you explore the ship's hidden depths or climb onto HMS Victory and see where Nelson fell at the Battle of Trafalgar. For a day out in Portsmouth like no other, get your annual ticket before 23.59pm on Monday 15 January. The offer starts at 00.01am the same day. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:47

Navy Blue Monday

Adventure together for less  

Save 40% on an Annual All Attraction Ticket for one day only

We love happy adventurers so we hope this offer brings a smile to your face. Get 40% off a year full of new adventures at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for one day only. Choose from our range of annual tickets and experience 11 amazing attractions for less. 

Rum Festival

New Year, New Adventures

Save 40% on a year full of fun at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Banish the winter blues with our Navy Blue Monday special offer. Fun is just around the corner as you discover new frontiers for all the family in 2018. Our annual ticket gives you access to 11 amazing attractions for a whole year including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, Action Stations and many more. 

Enjoy this limited time offer for one day only on Monday 15 January until 23.59pm. Choose from our range of annual tickets, including family, senior or individual – we have something for every adventurer in 2018. 

Terms and conditions apply. Our Navy Blue Monday sale starts on Monday 15 January at 00.01am until 23.59pm the same day. After this time, the offer will no longer be valid and will revert back to our standard 20% off annual ticket rate. 
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:25

Cyber Monday Special

Cyber Monday Special (27 November)

Save 10% on National Museum of the Royal Navy membership

Winter is the perfect time to discover new places together. Get 10% off The National Museum of the Royal Navy membership scheme, giving you unlimited access to 12 amazing attractions across the UK including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, Fleet Air Arm Museum, HMS Caroline and more.  


10 % off National Museum membership

Experience freedom together with National Museum of the Royal Navy membership.

Whether you’re exploring by yourself, together or as a family, the annual membership scheme gives you access to 4 incredible attractions including HMS Caroline in Belfast, The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, HMS M.33* and others. 

With annual membership, you also get exclusive offers and discounts including 5% off Cunard cruises, 20% off Hovertravel, discounted cricket tickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton to name but a few.

How do I get 10% off National Museum membership?

The offer to buy National Museum membership will appear below 'what's the promotion?' from midnight on 27 November until 11.59pm the same day. Come back then to get 10% off National Museum membership.


What's the promotion? 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy membership gives you access to 12 amazing attractions across the UK. We're offering 10% off annual membership packages for one day only. Use code CYBER10 when you purchase your membership. 

Terms and conditions apply. Get 10% off annual membership from midnight on 28 November until 11.59pm. After this time, the offer will no longer be valid. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is a heritage organisation that manages 12 attractions across the UK. The membership scheme is valid for one year only. The membership scheme does not include access to the Mary Rose.    

Friday, 17 November 2017 10:05

Museum Shop Sunday

Museum Shop Sunday (26 November)

Up to 50% off great gift ideas for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, save up to 50% on the perfect gift for someone you care about. From cuff links to collectable globes, there’s something for all tastes. Treat yourself or others and support naval heritage at the same time in our online shop.  

museum shop sunday

What is Museum Shop Sunday?

Museum Shop Sunday is a way for shops in cultural venues across the world to raise their profile during the busy Christmas shopping period. 

Help support naval heritage in Portsmouth and across the UK on #museumshopsunday, a national shopping event for the heritage sector. 

Our profits go towards supporting projects at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, an organisation which we’re part of. Grab some great gifts and curiosities in our online shop.

Afterwards, share your purchases with us on Twitter and Facebook - use the hashtag #museumshopsunday.



gift ideas

Up to 50% off in the
National Museum shop

By sea, land and air, for hundreds of year, the Royal Navy has protected our interests at home and abroad. With a sense of duty and discovery, our collection of instruments, gizmos and trinkets reflect that spirit of adventure.

Navigate our shopping page in search of the perfect stocking filler with cuff links, inspired by Cold War submarine HMS Alliance or a traditional naval keepsake.

With globes and decorative pieces, our beautiful gift ideas will appeal to all. Choose from a fine collection of objet d’art, beautifully crafted and realised for those you love. 



What's the promotion? 

Museum Shop Sunday is a national shopping day for museums and the heritage sector. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and The National Museum of the Royal Navy is supporting this special day. We're offering up to 50% in the National Museum shop for one day only. Share your purchase by using the hashtag #museumshopsunday on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Terms and conditions apply. Museum Shop Sunday is a national shopping event. Discounts offered in the National Museum shop is for a limited time only on 26 November until 11.59pm. After this time, a new promotion will start. Items are discounted up to 50%.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:26

Early Bird Saturday

Early Bird Saturday (25 November)

Be one of the first to buy your 2018 event tickets 

Get advanced tickets for our biggest events in 2018 for one day only. Whether you’re buying a ticket for your nearest and dearest or for yourself, there’s something for everyone in our early access event. From our rum and gin festival to our steampunk weekend, get ahead and buy your tickets before time runs out.

Rum Festival

Rum Festival 2018

Now with added gin!

1 September 2018

After the success of this year’s sold out Rum Festival, we’re bringing it back, bigger and with added gin! Choose your tipple or sample something new with a fine selection of spirits to try.

As you explore HMS Warrior 1860, you’ll enjoy two decks of rum and gin tastings, talks and demonstrations on how to drink your beverage. Enjoy cocktails at our dedicated rum and gin bar as you kick-back on one of the world’s most renowned warships.
Steampunk 2018

The Subaquatic Steampunk Weekend 2018

Join the steampunk revolution

29/30 September 2018

Get your aviator goggles at the ready! The Subaquatic Steampunk Weekend returns in 2018. Fan favourite features return including steampunk performers, the gin and beer tent and our boutique fashion show.
Enjoy exclusive access to HMS Alliance, the incredible Cold War submarine, on show with levers, lights and an original periscope in your sights.

What's the promotion? 

Get in early with advance tickets for next year's headline events including Rum Festival 2018, The Subaquatic Steampunk Weekend and Festival of Christmas 2018. Be one of the very first people to buy tickets for our events at advanced ticket prices before tickets go on general sale.

Terms and conditions apply. Our early access event runs from midnight on 25 November until 11.59pm the same day. After this time, a new offer will be advertised as part of our Black Friday event.

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