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

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.

Waterbus

The waterbus is subject to availability and prevailing weather conditions during the winter months and its availability cannot be guaranteed, the waterbus is now operating to a winter timetable, and running Saturday and Sunday only. The waterbus leaves from the jetty alongside HMS Warrior. Please check with the Visitor Centre for sailing times.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is now operating to a winter timetable and is closed Monday and Tuesday (except for school holidays). Please check with the Visitor Centre for sailing times to the museum. The museum opening times are 10am - 4:30pm. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum will be closed on the the 21st - 26th December and the 31st December - 1st January.

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower is now operating to a winter timetable and is open Saturday and Sunday only (except for school holidays). Please check with the Visitor Centre for sailing times to the museum. The museum opening times are 10am - 4pm. Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower will be closed on the the 24th at midday - 26th December and 29th December - 2nd January.

Royal Marines Museum

The Royal Marines Museum is now operating to a winter timetable and is closed Monday and Tuesday (except for school holidays). The museum opening times are 10am - 5pm. The Royal Marines Museum will be closed on the the 21st - 26th December and the 1st January.

HMS Victory

From 3rd November 2014 to 20th March 2015 HMS Victory moves from free-flow to guided tours (excluding The Victorian Festival of Christmas on the 28th to 30th November and February half term on the 14th to 22nd February) that last 50 mins with a capacity of 30 people for each tour. Your tour can only be booked in the visitors centre upon arrival. Easy Access tours are at 10:45am and 4pm and are only bookable on the day.

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.

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Galleries will be closed on the following dates for maintenance:

  • Week commencing 5th January, Hear My Story Galleries.
  • Week commencing 12th January, Nelson and Sailing Navy Galleries.
  • Week commencing 19th January, Victory Gallery.

Mini Port

  • The Mini Port boats are not currently running.

The Georgian Tea Rooms

  • The Georgian Tea Rooms will be closed every Monday, with the exception of school holidays.

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.