Portsmouth Historic Dockyard announcements…

General opening times

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opens from 10am to 6pm (10am to 5:30pm November - March) throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

  • From November - March: Last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 5.30pm.
  • From April - October: Last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.30pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 6pm.

Attraction closing times

Please note these are approximate timings and may vary slightly at different times of the year.

  • HMS Warrior 1860 - winter 5pm, summer 5.30pm
  • Harbour Tours - check sailing times but usually last sailing in summer is 4pm
  • Mary Rose Museum - winter 4.45pm, summer 5.30pm
  • National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth - winter 5pm, summer 5.30pm
  • Action Stations - winter 5pm, summer 5.30pm
  • HMS Victory - winter 5pm, summer 5.30pm

Important announcements

The Victorian Festival of Christmas takes place from Friday 28th - Sunday 30th November 2014. All Attraction and Single Attraction tickets are not valid for entry over this weekend. Promotional tickets are also not valid for redemption over this weekend.

The Great South Run returns to Portsmouth on Sunday 26th October 2014. Although we are open as normal, with road closures around the city and the run coming through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, your visit may be affected. We would advise to use public transport where possible. Portsmouth Harbour station is a 5 minute walk from our main entrance.

Harbour Tours

Harbour Tour is included with a site ticket. For more information please telephone 023 9272 8060. Harbour Tours are subject to availability and prevailing weather conditions during the winter months and their availability cannot be guaranteed. The Harbour Tour leaves from the jetty alongside HMS Warrior. Please check with the Visitor Centre for daily sailing times.

HMS Victory

HMS Victory is currently undergoing a period of restoration and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world and a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero and his stunning victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Her topmasts and rigging have been struck, or taken down, and her planking is under investigation. This is nothing unusual as wooden ships like Victory needed constant care and attention from the day they were launched. We will keep this section updated throughout the course of the works.

  • The Victory Gallery will close at 3pm on Saturday 13th September for a private function.


  • Sunday 7th September 2014 - Due to shallow tides there is no 4:30pm boat.
  • Monday 8th September 2014 - Due to shallow tides there is no 4:30pm boat.
  • Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Due to shallow tides there is no 4:30pm boat.
  • Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Due to shallow tides there is no 4:30pm boat.
  • Wednesday 8th October 2014 - Due to shallow tides there is no 4:30pm boat.

Action Stations

  • Monday 8th September 2014 10am - 1pm - Action Stations and Laser Quest closed for staff training.
  • Monday 8th to Friday 12th September 2014 10am - 5:30pm - Laser Quest closed during daytime for maintenance. Open the evening of Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September as normal.

Mini Port

  • Mini port is currently open 11am - 5pm.

Important notice

Marine and coastal access act 2009 application for renovation of Boathouse 4

Notice is hereby given that Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust has applied to the Marine Management Organisation under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, Part 4, for a marine licence to undertake renovation of Boathouse 4. Plans showing the position of the works may be inspected at Central Portsmouth Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO1 2DX. These works form part of a new scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery to refurbish and transform Boathouse 4 into a Boatbuilding & Heritage Skills Training Centre. The scheme has been granted planning permission - reference no: 13/00822/FUL.

Some of the concrete repairs are to the undercroft, which supports the seaboard façade over the harbour. An environmental impact assessment is required to predict the in impact of these works on the tidal waters below. Copies of the Application and associated information may be viewed on line in the Public Register at marinemanagement.org.uk/publicregister.

Representations or objections in respect of the application should be made in writing, giving an address to which correspondence relating to the representation or objection may be sent, to the Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH, or alternatively emailed to [email protected], within 28 days of 12th May 2014, quoting reference MLA/2014/00110. The Marine Management Organisation will pass to the applicant a copy of any objection or representation we receive.