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Top 5 things to see on a rainy day at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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29 July 2022

When it comes to the weather, we know in the UK that it can literally turn on a sixpence.

While the dockyard is a fun place to be when it’s sunny, there’s plenty to do when the British weather takes a turn.

There’s lots to explore and enjoy while staying dry, without having to compromise your day out.

If the weather is a little wetter, then this post will help you with suggestions of things to do during your visit.

Here’s five things to see if it rains during a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The Mary Rose Museum

Henry VIII’s beloved ship The Mary Rose is beautifully displayed in an architecturally exquisite building at the dockyard.

Experience not only the ship but the many artefacts raised from the Solent in the eighties. It gives an incredible insight into what life was like.

And, make sure you enter through the audio visual experience narrated by the nation’s favourite, Dame Judy Dench.

It really sets the scene to understand the history of the ship quickly before working your way through the exhibition.

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HMS Victory Gallery

Before you go onboard HMS Victory head to the gallery first. This newly renovated exhibition details the full history of the ship, not just her time at the Battle of Trafalgar.

There’s a great audio-visual screen experience which brings her story to life and some truly unique artefacts on display.


Don’t forget to head upstairs for a wonderful display of ship’s figureheads, perfect for a selfie or two.

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HMS Victory

Catch up with HMS Victory’s conservation project, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see our teams in action, and the ship from an entirely different perspective.

Get up close to the ship’s conservation with Victory Live is a new experience which lets you put on a hard hat and see the work taking place clearly from the safety of the three viewing platforms.

If you have an Ultimate Explorer ticket, return regularly to see the work progress and different parts of the ship revealed.

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Night Hunters at Explosion Museum

Have you visited the Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War at The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport yet?

It pays tribute to the small band of young, courageous men, often reservist volunteers, who manned the wooden craft which were heavily armed, carrying ammunition, explosives and high-octane fuel as they went in to attack enemy naval forces at close range during the Second World War.  

The centre piece is an audio-visual display bringing the story of two of the Second World War historic boats, Coastal Motor Boat CMB331 and Motor Torpedo Boat MTB71, to life.

Use your Ultimate Explorer ticket to take the water bus across Portsmouth Harbour to experience the stories and crafts involved in the night hunter’s missions.

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The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Travel through the history of the Royal Navy on a visit to its national museum. From the Royal Navy’s inception to modern day, there’s something for everyone from avid historian to those looking to try a new experience.

A particularly popular exhibition is ‘Hear My Story’ – audio and video of Royal Navy veterans sharing their personal histories.

Not only can it be moving but also incredibly uplifting as each individual perspective is shared.

Don’t miss this thought provoking and engaging exhibit sharing the stories of people throughout the navy’s history.

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What if the weather perks up?

Don’t worry if the weather does a one eighty and the sun decides to make an appearance.

We have both indoor and outdoor attractions and museums that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

If the weather is a little drier than you expected, you might find this blog post useful with plenty of suggestions for sunny days.

Top 5 things to do on a sunny day at the dockyard

Don’t forget to bring…

It’s wise to bring a cosy coat, jumper or waterproof on a visit to the dockyard. Being by the water often means it can feel a little cooler and windier compared to where you might have travelled from, even if you’re local!

We also recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing comfy shoes, as you’ll be surprised how many steps you’ll get in around the attractions and museums.

Dockyard tickets

Ultimate Explorer ticket holders have the flexibility of unlimited visits for an entire year, perfect for coming back to see all the museums, attractions.

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