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Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

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.

Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

While you're here

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

Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

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 11 Attraction 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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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

HMS Warrior 1860


HMS Warrior 1860

HMS Warrior 1860, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship and the newest member of The National Museum of the Royal Navy's fleet. Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain’s dominance in trade and industry, HMS Warrior 1860 was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet.

"The ship is fascinating and a wonderful restoration. It is fascinating seeing the life surrounding Victorian sailors. Also the attendants were knowledgeable, approachable and entertaining."David, Cowes

Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected both the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and shifts in Victorian society.

Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated. After 22 years’ service, Warrior’s hull was to be used as a depot, floating school and an oil jetty. Painstakingly restored in Hartlepool and back home in Portsmouth since 1987, Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Navy and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more.

Join the Captain and crew on board and explore this almighty Victorian battleship for yourself - the most fearsome naval weapon of her day and sole survivor of the Black Battlefleet. The Ship’s company are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.


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Special Event 

Book a sick berth talk with one of our volunteers and discover what the Victorian healthcare was like on HMS Warrior 1860.

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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

HMS Victory

HMS Victory

There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be the most famous of them all. Having served as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, she has become one of the UK’s most-loved visitor attractions.

"This is a must visit, living history. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all questions put to him. How so many men lived, worked, fought in such a small space is amazing." Alan, Solihull

Visit HMS Victory and see the spot where Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson fell, get the chance to meet Captain Hardy and find out about life onboard.



Start your own naval adventure and book tickets to see HMS Victory and our other attractions with our annual ticket. Visit the HMS Victory and see artifacts from the ship. 



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Victory Support

HMS Victory is currently undergoing a 13 year, £35million conservation project, with experts from fields such as timber preservation, shipbuilding, rigging, conservation, engineering and heritage. This is an exciting time for the ship. The most obvious sign of the project is that her masts have been temporarily removed, and visitors are also able to see first hand some of the work that is being carried out on board to save HMS Victory for future generations to enjoy.


An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.

HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart. It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.



If you would like to be involved in the project donate here

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