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Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

What hours are you open?

Our opening times can be viewed on our opening times page.

Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

How long is a group ticket valid for?

The group ticket is valid for one day only.

The 11 Attraction Ticket gives you access to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and Harbour Tour. The any 3, any 2 or any 1 attraction ticket is valid for one day only and is valid for any 3, any 2 or any 1 attraction (dependant on your ticket). 

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

How much are group tickets?

Our prices can be viewed on our ticket page.


Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Guided Tours

Guided Tours KS3&4

On board HMS Warrior 1860

Tours are subject to availability and must be booked in advance. Please note that students must be accompanied by their group leader or teacher.

£15 per 1 hour tour (+ £4 per student admission charge) Maximum 15 students per tour.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Discovery Visits

Discovery Visits All

A Discovery Visit is a teacher-led, self-guided visit to one attraction within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

£4.00 for 1 attraction, £6.50 for two attractions and £8.50 for three attractions per student.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Slavery Through Objects

Slavery Through Objects KS3

History at the NMRN

This session allows students to explore and debate the wider issues and human stories behind slavery. Using artefacts and sources, students work together to explore both the rise and fall of the Slave Trade and the Royal Navy’s role in it.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Elizabethan Exploration and Discovery

Elizabethan Exploration and Discovery KS2

History/Geography and English at the NMRN

This hands-on investigative session uses ‘Discovery Boxes’ as children follow in the footsteps of the explorers like Drake and Hawkins. The session is excellent for developing children’s natural inquisitiveness and enquiry skills.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils.

Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

Boathouse 4

Please note: From 1 April, last entry to Boathouse 4 will be at 4pm. The attraction will close shortly after at 4.30pm.

Come and visit Boathouse 4! This great family attraction has hands-on children's activites and fantastic exhibitions!

The building was constructed in the rearmament period before the Second World War and has also been restored and converted into a Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre and will soon be home to the International Boatbuilding College Portsmouth and Highbury College. These two colleges will be training a new generation of students in the techniques of traditional boatbuilding and other related skills that are still very much required today to build and conserve wooden boats.

Built within this magnificent historic building, overlooking the Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre is a new exciting exhibition “The Forgotten Craft” which tells the heroic stories of the small boats which were the backbone of the Royal Navy. From the wooden cutters that ferried Lord Nelson to and from his flagship, to the Cockleshell Heroes in their canoes and the powerful motorboats that helped to win the Second World War. 

Visit Midships Cookhouse during your visit and sample delicious food with some of the best harbour views in Portsmouth.



Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower


Priddy’s Hard was far enough from the main dockyard for the safe storage of up to 6,500 barrels of gunpowder. In the Napoleonic Wars, this was where all Royal Navy warships including HMS Victory came to load up their guns and ammunition, collecting them from small boats called ‘powder hoys’ which had in turn collected barrels of gunpowder carried in barrows down the Rolling Way to the harbour edge.

"This little place is a gem, how nice to have to get the boat to it... there is so much to see and do... definitely worth a visit, the whole family will love it."Kim, Hayling Island

The site has adapted as times have changed. With the introduction of breech loading guns in the late 1850s, it was no longer necessary to make barrels or test gunpowder here and a series of large magazines were built to fill and store shells. In the 1880s, the substitution of highly explosive cordite for gunpowder as a propellant required the building of a narrow gauge railway to transport ordnance between filling and storage buildings. Change continued through the 20th century with the development of torpedoes, depth charges and small arms up to the arrival of guided missiles in the 1960s. The last time Priddy’s Hard supplied weapons to the Royal Navy was during the Falklands War in 1982.

Camber Lights Café
Open to everyone

Enjoy one of Gosport's best kept secrets when you visit Camber Lights Café at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. Sit back and admire the scenic surroundings of Portsmouth Harbour - an ideal viewpoint for seeing HMS Queen Elizabeth when she's alongside Portsmouth Naval Base. 

The café serves a range of cold and hot drinks, cakes and snacks - perfect for hungry adventurers. The café is open to non-museum visitors as well. Open from 10am until 4pm daily.  

Opening times

Winter: Closed Monday - Friday until 26 March 2018. Open Saturday and Sunday (10am - 4pm) Last entry: 3.20pm

Summer: 26 March - 29 October 2018 (10am - 5pm) Last entry: 4.30pm 

Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport PO12 4LE
Access via the Waterbus from the Historic Dockyard. Timetable here

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