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Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

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Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00


 Help to plan your visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including accessibility, Gift Aid, security and discounts. Got a question? Find the answer here.

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The Important Stuff

Important information to help plan your visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, please check before visiting for opening times, waterbus and harbour tour info.

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While you're here

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers great shopping and lots of places to eat and drink, including picnic areas with great views.

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How to find us

How to get to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, info on where to park your car, bus and coach stops, trains and ferries.

Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

Percy Parrot’s Pirate Adventure

Percy Parrot’s Pirate Adventure  Foundation Stage

English at the NMRN

Join Percy as he learns how to be a Pirate’s Parrot. Through singing, object handling, sensory exploration and storytelling your class will discover more about life at sea alongside Percy.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 25 pupils.

The man who rediscovered the sunken Tudor warship, Mary Rose, is being commemorated with a bronze bust twenty two years after his death. The bust will go on permanent display at the Mary Rose.

The Mary Rose Museum, is one of six finalists selected for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements of the best UK museums and galleries.

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has helped to shape the world. It made Britain a dominant sea power, protected its trade in troubled times and defended Britain from invasion or carried the attack overseas. The Royal Navy has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide, affected servicemen and women and the families of those who built, serviced and supplied its ships and influenced the lives of communities overseas.

"An insight into several aspects of Navy life over the years. It opened my eyes to the "hand to hand" nature of combat on board ships and ashore that I had never really considered to be part of the Navy life."Andy, London

The museum’s major gallery Hear My Story opened in 2014 and tells the undiscovered stories from the ordinary men and women of the ships which have shaped the Navy’s amazing history over the last 100 years, the century of greatest change. Hear My Story brings you closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy; cutting edge interpretation lets you see and hear the stories of the Navy in war and during peacetime.

The Sailing Gallery shows the realities of fighting at sea in the age of sail, the Nelson Gallery examines Nelson’s colourful, crowded and short life and the Sir Donald Gosling Victory Gallery explores the history of Britain’s most famous warship from the laying of her keel to her significant battles. Visitors can walk through the multi-media show the ‘Trafalgar Experience’, meeting Nelson and his great foe Napoleon, feeling the blast on the main gun deck during the Battle.

As HMS Victory undergoes her most extensive refit since Trafalgar, the exhibitions will share the forensic analysis changing our understanding of Victory’s past and the scientific investigations showing new ways of securing her future.



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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

HMS Alliance is Britain’s only remaining World War II submarine and stands as a memorial to the 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives in service.

"Absolutely superb visit, plus a guided tour of the submarine was nothing short of brilliant. The guide we had named Russell spent 31 years as a submariner and his knowledge was second to none."John, Gorleston-on-Sea

A tour of Alliance begins in the forward torpedo store, then on through the accommodation space to the control room, where experienced submariner guides demonstrate the navigation systems including diving and surfacing. The tour continues through the galley and on to the heart of the submarine, the engine room, before culminating in the aft torpedo compartment, where the guides explain how submariners would escape in an emergency. Along the way, you can also peer through the working periscopes to view Portsmouth Harbour.

Alliance forms the centrepiece of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum along with Holland I and X24, the museum also contains thousands of photographs, documents, ship plans and artefacts. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is located in Gosport on the former site of HMS Dolphin; home to the Submarine Service for 100 years. A complimentary waterbus takes visitors across the harbour from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Silent and Secret

A new permanent exhibition exploring the history of the British nuclear at-sea deterrent is now open at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. The new exhibition opens on the 50th anniversary of HMS Resolution launching. It will reveal the challenging nature of working in these submarines and help promote discussion about why the nuclear deterrent was adopted. 

Life under the sea poses challenges that go unseen and unheard. The exhibition will present an insight into life on board the "Silent & Secret" Polaris submarines, using personal accounts and key displays drawn from a number of National Museum of the Royal Navy sites, private lenders and other museums. Visitors will be able to hear stories and see documents and personal possessions of those who served in the Polaris submarine fleet.


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Opening times

Winter: Closed every Monday and Tuesday until 26 March 2018 (10am - 4.30pm)

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

Haslar Road, Gosport PO12 2AS 

Polite notice: Follow the tourism signs to the Submarine Museum. Whilst the postcode is correct, sat navs will direct you to the centre of the naval base. Please follow tourism signs for the Submarine Museum once you've entered Gosport. 

Changes to Tesco Clubcard

Your Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Full Navy Ticket Voucher on the Tesco Clubcard website until 10th June 2018. Once exchanged, you will have 6 months to exchange this voucher at the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (expiry dates are printed on the voucher). We are unable to accept vouchers past the expiry date.

If you have a Tesco Days Out Voucher that you would like to use at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum only, we can accept these vouchers until the 30th June 2018.

Access via the Waterbus from the Historic Dockyard. Timetable here

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