Horrible Histories Pirates

This attraction will remain temporarily closed when the dockyard reopens on 24 August, due to COVID-19 in line with Government Regulations.


Avast ye! Plunder no more - Horrible Histories® Pirates: The Exhibition ‘lands ahoy’ at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from Saturday 6 April. The best-selling Horrible Histories series, created by Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown, takes buccaneers of all ages on an epic adventure across the seven seas with hands-on displays and interactive exhibits.

Follow a bossy pirate parrot and his ratty shipmate on a hilarious journey as you discover wicked weapons, terrible tactics and prisoner punishment used by Blackbeard himself. Lively illustrations, foul facts and gruesome games bring the stories of putrid pirates to life – so fans of the books and TV series will know what to expect!

Ready, steady and fire your way to fun

Let your little pirates loose as they captain their very own ship. This fun and light-hearted look at life onboard comes complete with eye patches, wooden legs and deadly armaments ready for you to take into battle with the enemy. 

Discover the patter of pirate talk and learn the lingo, decide your fate on the wheel of misfortune and get to grips with the rules of the pirate code – otherwise you might be taking a trip to Davey Jones’ Locker.

Grab your grog and sing along in the Pirate Tavern, design your own pirate flag and battle it out with different weapons including cutlasses and cannons. Take command of your very own pirate ship as you pretend to be a daring pirate commander on the high seas.

The best way to experience Horrible Histories® Pirates: The Exhibition

This hilarious journey through the world of pirates has been brought to life by Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown – whose bestselling books celebrated ‘25 Horrible Years’ in 2018.Get hands-on with over thirty interactive experiences including touch-screen games and roleplaying opportunities to entertain even the most hardened old salt.

Horrible Histories® Pirates: The Exhibition opened April 2019 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The exhibition has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney in association with Scholastic UK.

Entry to Horrible Histories® Pirates: The Exhibition requires a valid attraction ticket. 



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