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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:03

Family fun

Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:41

The Dockyard Apprentice

Follow in the footsteps of a dockyard apprentice as you learn about boatbuilding techniques and heritage crafts inside Boathouse 7

200 years of history are retold through the eyes of workers who constructed the great dreadnought battleships of the 20th century. Take in the stories of those who built Britain's most feared fleet and the ingenuity behind traditional boatbuilding techniques.

Now see the most in-depth retelling of a dockyard apprentices story:

  1. Touch screen display: watch everyday life inside a naval dockyard unfold before you
  2. From bends to bowlines: have-a-go at traditional knot tying
  3. Lifelike models: see the environments in which boat builders worked
  4. View tools of the trade: handle traditional instruments

Now included as part of your annual ticket
Learn about traditional boatbuilding skills and heritage crafts inside The Dockyard Apprentice exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is now included as part of your attraction ticket.

Boatbuilding brought to life
From past to present, boatbuilding returns to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard inside Boathouse 4. The newest addition to the Historic Dockyard sees artisan crafts and skills from those who study it professionally on show for everyone to enjoy.

Take in the massive scale of the building, watch interactive displays and learn about the importance of preserving naval tradition and skills. 


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Monday, 08 May 2017 09:04

Family Facilities

All the things you and your family need to make your visit as comfortable as possible

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:01

Adventures begin this half term

PHD May Half Term 2017

Permission granted to have tons of fun!

Climb on board, smell the sea, touch the objects and experience the thrill of life on the waves!

With 11 attractions waiting to be explored, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard promises heroic encounters, fascinating stories
and an enthralling and fun filled day out. Climb a mast, meet the crew or go Totally Tudor this half term!

There's always something going on.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - where adventures begin!


Tickets include access to all attractions within the dockyard, most events and
entrance to Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum



Top Tips for school holiday days out

We all know that parking in Portsmouth can be a challenge at times. Why not use the Park and Ride, Bus or Train? Our top travel tips.

Get here early, so you don't miss out on an amazing day out: Check out our opening times

We’ve plenty of places to eat and drink on site, or bring your own picnic and enjoy one of our dedicated picnic spots.

Got a question? Need some help? Check out our frequently asked questions page and find the answer.



Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:43


Info on access to all of our attractions.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:50

Future Developments


"By 2020 we are committed to delivering a world class Royal Marines Museum which appropriately recognises the heroism and sacrifice of this elite service." Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General, National Museum of the Royal Navy.



Transforming Naval Heritage

The stories of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines are the history of our nation.

The SeaMore project will create the country's newest national collection at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Your access to the Royal Marines heritage will be transformed as key historic artefacts from five museums across the National Museum will be brought together in an exciting, innovative Centre for Discovery.

As a key part of the project the Royal Marines Museum will be relocated to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, broadening the massive appeal of the Royal Marines story to visitors at the heart of naval heritage.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:31

National Membership

Want more naval history? Check out National Membership from the National Museum of the Royal Navy which includes:

  • Entry to 14 attractions* nationwide including: HMS Warrior 1860, HMS Victory, 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations, HMS M.33, Harbour Tours, Boathouse 4, Dockyard Apprentice, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, plus... Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, HMS Caroline in Belfast, Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset and The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.
  • Invites to special events and exclusive perks
  • 10% off food and drink in National Museum outlets,
  • 25% off souvenir brochures
  • 25% discount into NMRN museums for friends and family – up to 4 people
  • Unlimited visits for an entire year
  • Additional charge applies for Mini Ports, Laser Quest and Mary Rose
Friday, 02 December 2016 08:48

General Opening Times

Normal opening times

10am to 5pm 29 October - 25 March (winter) 

10am to 5:30pm 26 March - 28 October (summer)

Please note: The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday until 25 March. Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is only open at weekends until 25 March. 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opens from 10am to 5:30pm April - October (summer) and 10am to 5pm November - March (winter) throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

From April - October (summer) last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4:30pm.*

From November - March (winter) last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4pm.

*Please allow time to pass through the Visitor Centre as you may be subject to bag checks or other security measures.

Attraction closing times
Please note these are approximate timings and may vary slightly at different times of the year.

HMS Warrior 1860 - summer 5:30pm, winter 5pm
National Museum of the Royal Navy - summer 5:30pm, winter 5pm
HMS Victory - summer 5:30pm, winter 5pm
Boathouse 4 - summer 4:30pm, winter 4.30pm (Last entry: 4pm)
Action Stations - summer 5:30pm, winter 5pm
HMS M.33 - winter 12pm - 3pm (weekdays) 10am - 5pm (weekends)
Harbour Tours - check sailing times with the visitors centre
Explosion Museum - summer 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm), winter 4pm WEEKENDS ONLY (last admission time 3pm)
Submarine Museum - summer 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm), winter 4:30pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)(last admission one hour before closing)

Royal Marines Museum - please note that the public galleries are now closed to facilitate the move to new premises within the Historic Dockyard


Harbour Tours
Harbour Tours are included in an All Attraction Ticket. For more information please telephone 023 9272 8060. Harbour Tours are subject to availability and prevailing weather conditions during the winter months and their availability cannot be guaranteed. The Harbour Tour leaves from the jetty alongside HMS Warrior. Please check with the Visitor Centre for daily sailing times.


Please note that during Winter Opening (29 October 2017 - 31 March 2018) the Waterbus runs at weekends ONLY.

The waterbus is included with an All Attraction ticket and is subject to availability and prevailing weather conditions, therefore its availability cannot be guaranteed. The waterbus leaves from the jetty alongside HMS Warrior. Please see the table below for the waterbus departure times (*indicates pick up only due to attraction closing time **collection only from RNSM). 


HMS Victory

Visitors will now get to experience HMS Victory through Nelson's eyes, when the drama of the battle unfolds, deck-by-deck, hour by hour, as the ship sets sail on September 14th, 1805.

HMS Victory is currently undergoing a period of restoration and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world and a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero and his stunning victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Her topmasts and rigging have been struck, or taken down, and her planking is under investigation. This is nothing unusual as wooden ships like Victory needed constant care and attention from the day they were launched. We will keep this section updated throughout the course of the works.



Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:02


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