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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00


We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. We have tried to make our site as safe as possible but as some of our attractions are old, we ask that you take special care during your visit. Please pay attention to the safety notices around our site.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes all visitors. The site is a working Naval Base and certain areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, with a restricted mobility or who are visually impaired. As a safety precaution, we ask that all these visitors are accompanied by a carer.

You access the site at your own risk and we will not be responsible for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with your visit to our site, including for loss or damage to property.

We do not limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or any other liability which cannot be limited or excluded by applicable law.

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.

Toilets for disabled visitors can be found in...

  • National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Boathouse No.7
  • Action Stations
  • The Mary Rose

Shopmobility operates a scheme of hiring powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility. Their Shopmobility scooters are available for use in our Visitor Centre at the entrance to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Booking is recommended and this can be done via email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 02392 722 562.

Please note that during adverse weather conditions access to the scheme may be withdrawn for the protection of our customers and the general public.

Car parking
There are 15 disabled spaces available in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard car park approximately 400 yards from the main entrance.

Special access to attractions
Our Special Access Route gives ramped access around the Heritage Area. Please also consider the specific suitability of each attraction, details of which follow.

The Mary Rose
We want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the treasures and the history of the Mary Rose. That’s why right from the outset we designed the new museum to be accessible for everyone. All guide and assistance dogs are most welcome. Please be aware that the museum is 400 metres from the Visitor Centre at the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard so please plan your visit accordingly.

The site and the museum itself are fully accessible by wheelchair, and the museum houses a wheelchair accessible toilet. Lifts are also available to move from floor to floor, and we have a number of wheelchairs available on site to ensure all areas are accessible. The museum has a fully accessible toilet with adult changing facilities. You’ll find baby change facilities on site, and we offer plenty of children’s activities too. Our café has highchairs and staff will be happy to warm bottles for baby feeding.

Information and guides are available in large print formats. We also offer sensory resources, including tactile plans and painting of the ship. Visitors are also welcome to handle certain artefacts, both historical objects and replicas. We provide transcripts and subtitles for the audiovisual content in most areas. All guide and assistance dogs are most welcome. We offer hands-on experiences for visitors, given by members of our team who are fully experienced and trained. We can also provide a short introductory guide in symbol-supported text. Visitors guides are available in different languages, and we also provide children’s guides in Bengali, Chinese, Polish, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

HMS Victory
The tour involves climbing several flights of fairly steep steps. A video tour is provided in the Victory Gallery for visitors who use wheelchairs or those who are unable to walk around the ship. Please ask at the Visitor Centre for the video tour. To reach the ship, follow the Special Access Route to the Victory Arena then proceed around the front of the ship (keeping the ship on your left). Please ask a member of staff at the bottom of the gangway who will be able to provide assistance up the ramp if required. The ship’s guides ask that babies are not carried on the ship in backpacks due to low beams.

HMS Victory contains...

  • Steep stairs
  • Trip hazards
  • Low ceilings
  • Narrow and low doorways
  • Decks that are slippery when wet
  • Low light levels

Please be aware that...

  • The entrance and exits are low.
  • There are low ceilings and beams throughout the ship, but especially on the orlop deck near the place where Nelson died.
  • There are trip hazards throughout the ship, but especially on the upper deck near the spot where Nelson was shot.

HMS Warrior 1860
The ship has four decks, connected by steep steps. There is, however, alternative access to two decks. The ship is reached from the back of the Visitor Centre. Ramps provide access to the Upper Deck although at certain times the tides may make the gradient steep. Our staff will be able to advise if problems are likely. There is a stairlift (seat) from the Upper Deck to the Main Gun Deck. Visitors will need to transfer from their wheelchair to the lift with assistance from staff.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
The National Museum of the Royal Navy is entirely accessible throughout, with a visitor lift in the Victory Gallery. Tactile objects can be found in each gallery and there are a number of audio and audio-visual displays.

Action Stations
Generally, Action Stations is fully accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs. There is a lift between the ground and first floor. To access Action Stations please use the walkway to the left of the mast pond.

Harbour Tours
2 x wheelchairs on board large Harbour Tours boat. There is no access for motorized wheelchairs or scooters.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Information on accessibility at the Submarine Museum and onboard HMS Alliance is available here

Explosion Museum
Information on accessibility at Explosion Museum is available here

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Private tour at the Mary Rose

Why not make your visit to the Mary Rose that little more special by arranging a specialist talk and tour. Our incredibly knowledgeable staff can provide your group with a 45 minute talk on one a selection of historic topics.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Prom at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

With the Grand Magazine fast becoming a very popular venue for weddings, we would now like to present you this very unique venue for your end of year Proms. Our venue truly has a great party atmosphere and is somewhat a bit of a hidden gem for Gosport.

The Museum is renowned for a complete range of dining and event services. The Museums banqueting facilities and function rooms are the perfect venue for Christmas parties, whether it be a large party in the Grand Magazine or a smaller party in the Museum Conference Hall.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Christmas party on HMS Warrior 1860

HMS Warrior's Christmas illuminations have become an iconic festive symbol, welcoming visitors to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard each December. With our excellent reputation for hosting events HMS Warrior is the perfect venue for a Christmas party guests will remember.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Dinner party on HMS Victory

Aligned with the top end of the market to ensure that adequate value is placed on the uniqueness of the venue whilst also protecting the value of the brand, HMS Victory is now available for selected privileged hire for formal dinners for up to 120 guests.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy tells the 800 year story of the Royal Navy across its galleries. With an abundance of atmosphere, step back in time. With stunning views of HMS Victory, our galleries provide a unique venue for up to 100 guests for a seated formal dinner.

The Princess Royal Gallery is a highly flexible space that can accommodate many differing layouts from a boardroom set up for up to 100 guests in either theatre or cabaret style. Situated on the first floor, and yet fully accessible, this gallery is not open to the public.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Prom at the Royal Marines Museum

Looking for a venue for your prom? The Royal Marines Museum has it all. Its magnificent rooms have been used for fine dining and entertainment for centuries, so we know what makes a great party. The Royal Marines Museum is a unique and versatile venue to celebrate your prom.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Christmas party at the Royal Marines Museum

Formally one of the finest officers’ messes in England, the Museum offers breath-taking architecture and a stunning seafront location, and provides the ideal setting for your Christmas party. Enjoy the traditional elegance in which Officers have dined and entertained for centuries.

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