Plan your visit
In November 2018, it was announced a new military ID card for veterans would be issued to those who have left the service since December 2018. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is pleased to announce its support of the new card. Those who have a valid veterans ID card can qualify for a £10 day ticket which covers all attractions on site on the day of their visit (except the Mary Rose). This special ticket cannot be ordered online and can only be issued in our Visitor Centre on the day of visiting.
MOD 90 card holders can get free access to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for themselves plus 25% off Full Navy Tickets friends and family (one family ticket or four individual tickets). We also offer 30% off Fully Navy Tickets for holders of the Defence Discount Card (one family ticket or four individual tickets). This discounted ticket can only be purchased on the day of your visit.
Due to the jetties and steps being unsuitable for large pushchairs, only small umbrella fold buggies can be carried onto the Waterbus, which must already be folded down before access to the Waterbus is permitted. Other and larger buggy types can be left inside buggy parts near Boathouse 4 or inside Boathouse 5.
Below is an example of a small umbrella buggy from Mothercare.com
Gift Aid allows the charity-owned attractions to reclaim the tax. Please gift aid your ticket purchase so we can claim this much-needed income back from the Government, simply opt in when purchasing your tickets online or via our Visitor Centre.
Serving personnel get free access to all National Museum of the Royal Navy attractions with military ID. You also get 50% off National Membership from the National Museum of the Royal Navy which gives you access to three more museums nationwide, plus events and offers for members only. Find out more about National Membership and the exciting benefits and perks you get. This discount cannot be processed online, please bring your Military ID in to the Visitor Centre to claim your discount.
Facilities for disabled visitors are listed on our accessibility page.
Registered disabled visitors to the dockyard should purchase an appropriate ticket according to their age. They are eligible to bring along a carer for free if required. A complimentary day ticket can be allocated to the carer on request at the Visitors Centre, and is included with the online ticket purchase.
Dogs are not permitted into the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard due to a Naval Base byelaw, with the exception of guide and registered assistance dogs.
There are a number of retailers on site including Nauticalia, Antiques Storehouse, and the National Museum Royal Navy Museum Portsmouth shop.
A family ticket is for a maximum of 2 adults or 2 seniors plus a maximum of 3 children between the ages of 5 and 15. If you have 4 or more children in your group, additional child tickets will have to be purchased. Students are also not permitted on the family ticket.
There are a number of benches situated throughout the site. One is situated alongside HMS Victory and the other is by the Porter’s Garden.
We are unable to cater for bikes on site, however there are some bike racks just outside our main gate which you can lock your bike to.
The HMS Victory team are able to conduct out of hours tours on selected dates during the year. These tours last for 1 hour and are tailored to a group’s individual needs. Private tours are charged at a flat rate of £360 per guide and then £12 per person attending. For ease of movement around the ship, each guide can take no more than 20 people on a tour. To book, or for more information, please contact Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Advanced Bookings on 023 9283 9766 (option 3).
We offer a range of great value tickets available to buy online with a discount of 20%. We're currently looking at adding a gift ticket option but we have nothing to announce at the moment.
Luggage cannot be left unattended anywhere on the Historic Dockyard site as we are part of a working military base. If you have luggage that you cannot carry with you, there is a small shop on The Hard called "Victory News" just outside the Dockyard gates that will hold luggage for you.
The Harbour Tour leaves from the jetty alongside HMS Warrior 1860 (subject to availability).
There is lots to do for all ages at each attraction including family trails, storytelling, creative activities, details about events can be found on our events page. Action Stations has over 30 interactive hands-on exhibits and there are pushchair parks on site.
The age for a child ticket is between 5 to 15 years old. Under 5s are free.
Toilets are situated in the following areas...
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Portsmouth Harbour train station is only 200 yards from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
If you are unable to print your email confirmation for whatever reason, you may either show it on your mobile device to the staff in the Visitor Centre, or have your order number to hand.
If you purchased your ticket before 11th April 2016 and cannot access your e-ticket online, simply print out the booking confirmation email and bring it with you when you visit.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a unique range of historic and modern venues for group visitors seeking to make their visit even more special. Pre-booked groups of a minimum of 15 people are eligible for advanced group rates and gain the best level of discount. Groups who have not pre-booked will be charged a basic group rate on the day of the visit. There is no maximum, but large groups will be divided into parties of 30 for HMS Victory. Group tickets are valid for one day only and give access to the six attractions. Further details can be found on our groups and learning page.
Please refer to the individual instructions and terms and conditions on the voucher you have. All promotions have to be redeemed in person in our Visitor Centre. Promotional vouchers cannot be redeemed online or over the phone.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is operated by the National Museum of the Royal Navy on behalf of the following parties:
The charitable purposes of each party includes promoting and assisting in the display, understanding and enjoyment by the public of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the ships, museums, exhibits and attractions contained within.