August 2020

We’ve done it!  We’ve swabbed those decks COVID-clean, and we’re re-open!

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and the Mary Rose Museum have re-opened the Dockyard gates to visitors. 

Matthew Sheldon, Director of Operations for the NMRN, said: "Getting everyone back into the Dockyard has been an incredible feeling.  Walking around here during lockdown has felt far too eerie. Seeing the first few people walking through the gates in the morning was a really lovely sight for us. People say they have missed coming here and that genuinely means a lot to us."

Dominic Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the Mary Rose Museum, said: "Local people are the heartbeat of this place – from our most loyal visitors to the hard-working staff members. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard without the people of Portsmouth would be a very hollow place indeed. They are part of our history, and now we need them to help secure our future. Every museum in the country is facing challenging times at the moment, so local support is more important than ever. Both of the first two opening days at PHD were sold out and hopes are high that this momentum can be maintained."

Buying a brand new Ultimate Explorer ticket that grants access to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose, will give you the most comprehensive experience at the Dockyard to date.

Remember booking your time slot in advance is essential, as tickets are not available at the gate. So please only travel to the Dockyard if you have a pre-booked slot.

This week we made the exciting announcement that our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Yeovilton and Hartlepool would be reopening in the coming weeks with tickets being available to pre-book from noon on Thursday 6 August.