Plan your visit
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a selection of shopping outlets on site and a variety of eating and drinking establishments, including picnic areas with spectacular views.
Sailors were generally well-nourished to keep spirits and energy levels high for their busy days aboard ship. At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard we continue this tradition, providing a range of cafés where you can lower the sails and enjoy a delicious hot lunch, reviving Costa coffee, or a refreshing cold drink with some tasty home-made treats.
Muster your crew and grab a coffee and a sit down as you plot your visit, or dock for some tea and cake before you set sail for home.
For families and individuals who love a spot of al fresco dining, while taking in the salty sea air and spectacular views, there are three picnic areas to choose from. Porter's Garden is a quiet leafy sanctuary, while Port Arena allows visitors to enjoy a picnic lunch while marvelling at history in the flesh. For simpler tastes, take a pew outside Boathouse No.7, sit back and admire the fantastic architecture.
Sit outside our Boathouse No. 7 restaurant and admire the wonderful architecture of the Great Storehouses and watch the world go by.
Why not eat your lunch in our undercover picnic area alongside the oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory.
After your visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard you'll definitely want to take home a memento. With its four choices of shopping outlets, there's plenty to browse. Perhaps a replica Tudor artefact from our Mary Rose Shop or a genuine oak or copper salvage piece from Nauticalia store may prick your interest? Or browse 6000 sq feet of 17th and 20th Century paintings in the Antiques Storehouse before checking out the National Museum Royal Navy shop.
Offering gift ideas for all the family, genuine oak and copper salvages from HMS Victory, miniature models and clothes.