HMS VICTORY

HMS VICTORY IS NOW OPEN IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

HMS Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. The visitor experience onboard HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as Nelson’s famous flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar is now brought alive with a hand-held audio guide.

THE ROYAL NAVY'S FLAGSHIP

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.

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 and find out what life was like on-board.

HMS VICTORY UNDER HULL WALKWAY

Visitors are now also able to experience the NEW: HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. This will enable them to descend into the base of the dry dock and view the 3600 tonne ship from below. This is a first for her in dry dock and is a must do on your visit

THE VICTORY GALLERY

Visit the new Victory gallery which has been completely refitted and now tells Victory's story beyond her immortalised role at the Battle of Trafalgar. Through a mixture of large format cinematic film, interactives, newly displayed and previously unseen artefacts including a shot-damaged section of original Victory mast from the Battle of Trafalgar and a spectacular ten-foot-tall, 200-year-old figurehead, it charts her decline and rescue in the 1920s by the Society of Nautical Research (SNR) and the dramatic events when she could have been permanently lost to the nation.  It also introduces visitors to the people, both famous and not so famous, behind the ship’s 256-year history and adds to her rich story with new snippets of information for even the most ardent Victory fans.

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Please note that a visit to the Submarine and Explosion Museums will need to be booked separately from a visit to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

HMS VICTORY CONSERVATION PROJECT

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

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