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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00


HMS M33 was built in 1915 on the orders of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. She was a floating gun platform designed to bombard coastal positions from the sea. Her first active operation was the support of the British landings at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli in August 1915. She remained stationed at Gallipoli until the evacuation in January 1916. She served in the Mediterranean for the remainder of the War and was involved in the seizure of the Greek fleet at Salamis Bay in 1916.

"HMS M33 was part of a campaign that lost over 50,000 troops. Gallipoli was a hugely important part of World War I. We’ll be telling not just the story of the ship but of the entire campaign as well."Matthew Sheldon, Project Director

After the War, M33 was sent to Murmansk in Russia to relieve the North Russian Expeditionary Force before returning to Portsmouth to become a mine-laying training ship. She was renamed HMS Minerva

Pay a visit to HMS M33 as part of your annual ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, get the kids involved and help the crew find HMS M33's cat, Miss Muggins.  



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Restoration and Maintenance of HMS M33

The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Hampshire County Council have partnered to develop an exciting project to conserve, restore and interpret M33 in time for her centenary in 2015. With Heritage Lottery Fund support this has allowed the public onboard for the very first time, making HMS M33 the only warship from World War I open to visitors.


Find out more about HMS M33 here

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Harbour Tours

The history of the British Navy at Portsmouth dates back 1,200 years to its earliest days under King Alfred the Great in the 860s. This wide natural inlet in the coastline is a flooded river valley protected by a deep narrow entrance on two sides of the dockyard, here and at Gosport, which makes an ideal natural harbour.

"Fabulous, trip really informative, the owner of the boat made it really enjoyable plenty of interesting sights and plenty of detail on the ships in the harbour."Jean, Stoke-on-Trent

Roman and Saxon strongholds were constructed on the northern shore to defend against Viking attacks and to protect trade, but the harbour’s first permanent fort, Portchester Castle, was built after the Norman conquest in 1066.

Portsea Island, at the entrance to Portsmouth harbour, was used as a mustering station for armies during the wars with France, and by the late 12th century a small town had grown on the south-western corner of the Island to accommodate workers and to service troops. In 1194 King Richard I granted this town, known as Portsmouth, a Royal Charter to construct a dockyard, and in 1212 King John protected the new dockyard with a great wall.

"This was fantastic and we all enjoyed especially the boat tour around the harbour which was an absolute delight with interesting facts with added humour which we truly enjoyed! Superb!" Bev Watson, September 2016

On the 45 minute Harbour Tour you will see many of the fortifications that were built to protect Portsmouth over the centuries, in particular the Round Tower at the harbour entrance and the Solent forts which formed the centre of a string of fortifications along the coast during the Napoleonic Wars.

Please note that Harbour Tours may not operate every day during the winter months. Navy ships in port will vary daily.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Action Stations

Action Stations was officially opened by the Duke of York in 2001, and features a unique series of physical challenges, simulators and technological experiments, which put visitors at the heart of the modern naval experience.

"We came here for my sons 7th Birthday with his friends and they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Laserquest was the highlight but the climbing walls and interactive parts were also great fun."Rachael, Bognor Regis

At Action Stations visitors can reach dizzy heights when they attempt to scale the tallest indoor climbing tower in the UK. Soaring to a height of 8.4 metres (over 27 feet), a built-in LCD timer and differing degrees of difficulty are available, assess your own speed and agility, as well as compete against friends and family.

Action Stations has worked closely with the UK’s number 1 laser tag brand to create an exhilarating experience for players aged 6+. Set over 2 floors which represent the bridge of a hijacked container ship and a pirate stronghold, Laser Quest provides challenges inspired by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, with lighting effects, billowing smoke and a heart-pounding atmosphere (additional charge applies).

Sky Tykes is a rope course with little ones in mind, designed specifically for children ranging in age from 2-7 years old (Max height 48” / 122cm). The Sky Tykes course puts agility to the test with rope bridges and balance beams, and has no set route or time limit - you're limited only by your imagination.

Take your seats for Command Approved, our state of the art large-screen film and projection technology bring you 25 minutes of heart-pumping action fit for James Bond himself, as the fictional HMS Monarch combats gold bullion pirates in the South Seas. This is the Royal Navy at its best in an action-packed drama combining excitement, danger and intrigue. Command Approved was specially made on location in the Bahamas aboard HMS Montrose and HMS Marlborough, two of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.

Then ride the movie in the 19-seat, 6-axis motion simulator where visitors can take a white-knuckle trip in a rigid raider boat with the Royal Marines, defy gravity in a Sea Harrier, or let Helen, the Lynx helicopter pilot in Command Approved, take you on a hair-raising escape from those rebel pirates.


Ninja Force

NinjaForce KJ 4

Release your inner Ninja and jump, swing, climb and balance your way through our 40 metre course, designed for ages 7 and up.

Can you beat our record time of 36 seconds?

Ninja Force is the first course of its kind in the UK based on the popular Ninja Warrior TV series.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to take my shoes off?

No just suitable secure footwear required.

Can adults take part?

Yes anyone feeling fit and healthy enough can take part. We actively encourage families to take part together.

Is there a weight limit?

Yes there is, it is 20 stone.

Can the course be hired for parties?

Yes it can be exclusively hired for a children’s birthday party and also private hire for adult party night or corporate team building event.

Is there a particular way to complete the course?

No. we advise all participants to make their way across the course in their own way within their own abilities. Those participants who become familiar with the course may wish to put their abilities to the test and complete the course by not touching the main black flooring and only take off and land within the green matting areas set along the course. But it's up to you!


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Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

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Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00


Offering gift ideas for all the family, genuine oak and copper salvages from HMS Victory, miniature models and clothes.

Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Port Arena

Why not eat your lunch in our undercover picnic area alongside the oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory.

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