Victorian Festival of Christmas 2015 Visitor Information


Important Information for Visitors


Your Ticket

If you have ordered online in advance, your Ticket will look like this:



You MUST print your ticket and bring it with you.


Travelling to the Festival

We expect routes into Portsmouth to be very busy during the Festival. 

Portsmouth Park and Ride

Portsmouth Park and Ride is located at junction 1 off the M275 - follow signs. Extra buses are running for the festival, scheduled to be leaving the Park and Ride every 6 minutes or less on all 3 days of the festival. The buses stop at The Hard Interchange, which is right next to the Historic Dockyard. It costs just £4 per vehicle (with up to eight people travelling on one ticket). For more information visit

Please note that the Waterbus service will NOT be running during the Festival, and your tickets are NOT valid to enter off-site attractions. 


On arrival

It is very likely that you will need to queue, as the Festival is very popular. We will be operating 100% bag search at this event. Please expect to have your bag searched. If possible, please avoid bringing bags into the event. There will be a short delay, but we will keep this to a minimum. 

The queuing system will be slightly different to previous years, but plenty of staff will be on hand to guide you into the correct queue.


Site Map and Programme

Find your way around the Festival. Download the site map here

Find out what's on Download the festival programme


Site Re-entry

If you want to leave the Festival and return on the same day, for example if you want to go back to your car to collect something or drop off some shopping, your hand will be stamped on exit to allow you to return whenever you like on the same day.


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard provides experiences that can't be created in a classroom and brings history to life. All visits are designed to maximise pupils' learning experiences and depending on your curriculum, time and budget you have available there are a range of options to suit your needs.

Education Tickets


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a unique range of historic and modern venues for group visitors seeking to make their visit even more special. Pre-booked groups of a minimum of 15 people are eligible for advanced group rates. Groups who have not pre-booked will be charged a basic group rate on the day.

Group Tickets

*Prices shown include discount. Offer cannot be combined with other offers or applied for retrospectively. Offers are only redeemable online only and applies to All Attraction tickets only. The waterbus is operated on a first come first served basis and is subject to availability. Please see the full booking terms and conditions. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

Registered disabled visitors to the dockyard should purchase an appropriate ticket according to their age. They are eligible to bring along a carer for free if required. A complimentary day ticket can be allocated to the carer on request at the Visitors Centre, and is included with the online ticket purchase. For more information on our accessibility, please read our accessibility page.