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Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

Filming & photography


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with its collection of historic ships and building makes a great location for both film and TV. We welcome all sorts of filming on our site, from historical documentaries to film and photography shoots.

All filming requests at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are to be addressed through the Press Office. We also deal with contracts and location fees. Please contact us with your individual request and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Large scale feature filming and location work is charged at higher rates which are quoted on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to discuss filming at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, please contact the Press Office on 023 9289 1370 (ext. 2071) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Below are some highlights of productions that were filmed at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard...

  • Les Miserables
  • Who Do You Think You Are
  • The Secrets of Bones
  • Stargazing Live
  • Heston’s Great British Food
  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Nigel Slater’s Great British Biscuit

Filming and photography

We request that the size of film crews is kept to a minimum, due to limited space on board our ships and inside museum galleries. Filming can be accommodated Monday to Friday. We request that film shoots that rely on a quiet location and minimum disruption to the crew, takes place outside visitor hours.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00


We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. We have tried to make our site as safe as possible but as some of our attractions are old, we ask that you take special care during your visit. Please pay attention to the safety notices around our site.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes all visitors. The site is a working Naval Base and certain areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, with a restricted mobility or who are visually impaired. As a safety precaution, we ask that all these visitors are accompanied by a carer.

You access the site at your own risk and we will not be responsible for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with your visit to our site, including for loss or damage to property.

We do not limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or any other liability which cannot be limited or excluded by applicable law.

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.

Toilets for disabled visitors can be found in...

  • National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Boathouse No.7
  • Action Stations

Shopmobility operates a scheme of hiring powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility. Their Shopmobility scooters are available for use in our Visitor Centre at the entrance to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Booking is recommended and this can be done via email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 02392 839 766 Ext:2083.

Please note that during adverse weather conditions access to the scheme may be withdrawn for the protection of our customers and the general public.

Car parking
There are 15 disabled spaces available in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard car park approximately 400 yards from the main entrance.

Special access to attractions
Our Special Access Route gives ramped access around the Heritage Area. Please also consider the specific suitability of each attraction, details of which follow.

HMS Victory

The tour involves climbing several flights of fairly steep steps. A video tour is provided in the Victory Gallery for visitors who use wheelchairs or those who are unable to walk around the ship. Please ask at the Visitor Centre for the video tour. To reach the ship, follow the Special Access Route to the Victory Arena then proceed around the front of the ship (keeping the ship on your left). Please ask a member of staff at the bottom of the gangway who will be able to provide assistance up the ramp if required. The ship’s guides ask that babies are not carried on the ship in backpacks due to low beams.

HMS Victory contains...

  • Steep stairs
  • Trip hazards
  • Low ceilings
  • Narrow and low doorways
  • Decks that are slippery when wet
  • Low light levels

Please be aware that...

  • The entrance and exits are low.
  • There are low ceilings and beams throughout the ship, but especially on the orlop deck near the place where Nelson died.
  • There are trip hazards throughout the ship, but especially on the upper deck near the spot where Nelson was shot.

HMS Warrior 1860
The ship has four decks, connected by steep steps. There is, however, alternative access to two decks. The ship is reached from the back of the Visitor Centre. Ramps provide access to the Upper Deck although at certain times the tides may make the gradient steep. Our staff will be able to advise if problems are likely. There is a stairlift (seat) from the Upper Deck to the Main Gun Deck. Visitors will need to transfer from their wheelchair to the lift with assistance from staff.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
The National Museum of the Royal Navy is entirely accessible throughout, with a visitor lift in the Victory Gallery. Tactile objects can be found in each gallery and there are a number of audio and audio-visual displays.

Action Stations
Generally, Action Stations is fully accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs. There is a lift between the ground and first floor. To access Action Stations please use the walkway to the left of the mast pond.

Harbour Tours
2 x wheelchairs on board large Harbour Tours boat. There is no access for motorized wheelchairs or scooters.

Our team are currently performing annual maintenance on the lift inside the Victory Gallery. Whilst the second floor is currently inaccessible, there’s plenty to see and do on the lower ground floor. Take in the social history of the ship or try your hand at some of our activities. We’ll update our website once the lift maintenance has been completed. Thank you for your patience.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Prom at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

With the Grand Magazine fast becoming a very popular venue for weddings, we would now like to present you this very unique venue for your end of year Proms. Our venue truly has a great party atmosphere and is somewhat a bit of a hidden gem for Gosport.

Celebrate Christmas with a bang in the Grand magazine at Explosion Museum this winter. The 18th century gunpowder magazine with arching brickwork, and Georgian wooden floors, is the perfect place to party. Enjoy great food and a fantastic atmosphere; to will be a night to remember!  

When booking online, please specify which day you would like to attend. Your ticket will NOT include all dates, only the date you have booked for.

Download our full menu and package information here.

If you would like to discuss exclusive hire for a Christmas event, please contact our events team on 02392 505600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.



Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Dinner party on HMS Victory

Aligned with the top end of the market to ensure that adequate value is placed on the uniqueness of the venue whilst also protecting the value of the brand, HMS Victory is now available for selected privileged hire for formal dinners for up to 120 guests.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy tells the 800 year story of the Royal Navy across its galleries. With an abundance of atmosphere, step back in time. With stunning views of HMS Victory, our galleries provide a unique venue for up to 100 guests for a seated formal dinner.

The Princess Royal Gallery is a highly flexible space that can accommodate many differing layouts from a boardroom set up for up to 100 guests in either theatre or cabaret style. Situated on the first floor, and yet fully accessible, this gallery is not open to the public.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Conference at Royal Navy Submarine Museum

The John Fieldhouse building shaped like a submarine with panoramic harbour views has a modern spacious interior which is fully adaptable for your conference and can accommodate up to 200 people. For smaller meetings, the Miers and Fraser rooms are ideal for up to 50 people.

Conferences can all be given a different edge at Explosion. We offer a conference suite that includes a Conference Hall for up to 140 people and a break-out Meeting Room for up to 30 delegates. The Conference Hall can also be divided into two separate rooms should you require it.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Conference at the Royal Marines Museum

Offering a wide choice of rooms to cater for large or small groups. All parking is free and the gardens adjacent to the museum are ideal for breaks.A choice of room layout and table arrangements can be be organised prior to your arrival, ensuring a stress-free and successful day.

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