HMS Victory

Once again open to the public! Please be advised that some new safety features have been introduced for your safety.

 

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.

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    Visit time

    1hr

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    Crew

    821

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    Date Built

    1759

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    Years in Service

    206

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    Number of guns

    104

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    Top Speed

    9 kn

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 

From 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 late 2020 when it will reopen to visitors. 

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is temporarily not accepting walk up ticket purchases, so make sure you buy your ticket and book your time slot in advance!

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Bought a new ticket to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum or Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and want to visit? Clink on the link above and put in your Barcode ID to book your time slot.

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

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Follow the link above to find out how you can extend your expiry date and re-visit the museum

 
 

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.

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