There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be the most famous of them all. Having served as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, she has become one of the UK’s most-loved visitor attractions.
"This is a must visit, living history. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all questions put to him. How so many men lived, worked, fought in such a small space is amazing." Alan, Solihull
When you visit HMS Victory, you'll see the spot where Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson fell with an engraved plaque marking the spot. Occasionally, Captain Hardy may be in his cabin, greeting visitors with tales from his adventures at sea. Ask him questions as you find out what life was like onboard.
Learn about HMS Victory on a new guided tour
Visitors will be able to experience life onboard HMS Victory first hand with a guided tour from 4 November 2019 - 20 December 2019 (excluding Victorian Christmas Festival) and 6 January 2020 - 14 February 2020. Tours cannot be booked in advanced and are done on a first-come first-served basis. Guided tours are included as part of any attraction ticket. Tours last around 50 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.
New for 2020
From 3 November 2019, a fantastic refurbishment project will begin inside The Victory Gallery as new interactive exhibits are created which will tell the story of Victory's own preservation project and her history. This exciting transformation will require us to close the gallery until 3 April 2020 when it will reopen to visitors. Alongside the gallery, a new 'dry dock experience' will see visitors walk under Nelson's flagship - an exciting experience for all.
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HMS Victory is currently undergoing a 13 year, £35million conservation project, with experts from fields such as timber preservation, shipbuilding, rigging, conservation, engineering and heritage. This is an exciting time for the ship. The most obvious sign of the project is that her masts have been temporarily removed, and visitors are also able to see first hand some of the work that is being carried out on board to save HMS Victory for future generations to enjoy.
An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.
HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart. It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.
If you would like to be involved in the project donate here.