Christmas at the Dockyard

Watch this space for updates on our 2022 Christmas at the dockyard plans! Or read on to find out about Christmas at the dockyard 2021.

Enjoy a relaxed day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this Christmas! Step on board Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, and learn about the Tudors at the iconic Mary Rose museum


Christmas activities

If you’ve been wanting to visit our historic ships and fantastic museums all year and just haven’t had the time, then over the Christmas holidays might be the best time to plan your visit. We have some fun and informative self-led Christmas activities for families taking place over the Christmas period, as well as our usual child-friendly trails and interactive displays.

Christmas at Portsmouth historic Dockyard - archery activities for families

Christmas Gift Ideas

Perhaps you’re looking for unique gift ideas? Then why not gift a year of nautical adventures with a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer ticket, with prices starting at just £29, or visit one of our many gift shops for truly distinctive gift ideas for all ages!

Read our expert guide for the Victorian Christmas Festival


Be inspired by Royal Navy tradition as you treat a friend or family member to gorgeous gifts fit for a lord with our special offer. Enjoy great gift ideas online in the National Museum shop and support naval heritage whilst doing so.

Get your guide to the Victorian Christmas Festival


Check out Mary Rose’s Christmas gift blog for some truly unique Tudor gift ideas. With a wide range of both novelty and educational items to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice of gifts for Tudor-enthusiasts.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard season ticket - Christmas gifts

Gift a season ticket!

Gift a year of nautical adventures with a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer season ticket - prices starting at just £29!


Must-see moments

Explore the legendary HMS Victory

Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, Lord Nelson's legendary flagship, HMS Victory is ready for you to explore as you hear stories from another time with a guided tour. See the plaque that marks the spot where Nelson fell or stand on the poop deck and admire the view from this incredible ship. 

Step onboard HMS Victory today
Mary Rose Museum

Bust the Myth at Mary Rose!

Despite many thinking other otherwise, Mary Rose didn’t sink on her maiden voyage but was a crucial part of King Henry VIII’s navy for 34 years before she sank in 1545. Come and visit Henry’s favourite ship and examine some of the 19,000 Tudor artefacts that lay on the sea bed for over 400 years!