Location: HMS Warrior 1860
Dates: 19th November – 29th November and 3rd December – 7th December
A perfect cross-curricular workshop at the most magical time of year, ideal for Key Stage 1. Travel back in time to experience all the sights and smells of Christmas past, with food, decorations and traditional toys. Pupils will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in life on board ship with role-play and dressing up. Finally, they will create their very own Christmas wish to take home, inspired by Victorian sailors.
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 32 people
Location: HMS Warrior 1860
In this popular storytelling session pupils will learn key vocabulary to describe HMS Warrior by listening for pleasure and joining in with the repetition of key words and phrases. A fun and interactive workshop: dressing up, role play and the chance to try out a hammock are all included. Pupils will also make a replica ship’s biscuit to take home.
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per one hour workshop for up to 32 people
To book a self-guided discovery visit or one of our extensive range of workshops please complete the online booking form by clicking on the above button “Booking Forms”.
To qualify for the UK Education discounted rates, bookings must be made at least 10 working days before the date you wish to visit. All UK education visits are invoiced post-visit on the completion of the relevant applications.
Location: National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth
How did the Royal Navy deal with famous pirates? Find out in this hands-on activity based session. From handling a real cutlass and flintlock pistol to role play, knot tying and a chance to see a real pirate flag, this session will bring to life what it was like to deal with Pirates.
Price: Discovery vist £4.50 per pupil + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 people
Location: Upper Gun Deck HMS Victory
From sailors to surgeons to marines and midshipmen uncover the lives of the real men who lived, worked and fought on HMS Victory. This hands-on investigative session will use ‘Discovery chests’ to help pupils learn more about the crew, revealing for the first time their names, what they did and how they lived on-board the ship. It is excellent for developing investigative and enquiry skills culminating with pupils presenting their findings to the ‘ships company’
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per one hour workshop for up to 25 people
IMPORTANT information for teachers
Location: HMS Warrior 1860
Join the Victorian Navy and explore life on board the mighty HMS Warrior. Through a range of interactive activities pupils will find out what jobs sailors did as well as seeing first- hand what the living conditions were like for the crew. What did they eat? How did Victorian medicine help them stay healthy… or not?
Pupils will have the opportunity to try out a hammock, handle real artefacts and take part in role play and dressing up which will bring the past to life.
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 people
Tale of Two Ships KS1 & KS2
STEM on HMS Victory and HMS Warrior
A special workshop for British Science week
Working in teams, students are issued with a code and cipher book, a cipher wheel, a linear scrambler and a scytale. Their task is to figure out numbers which have been fiendishly enciphered by the Action Stations Spy Master.
£8 per student
History and Science at the NMRN
Who was Nelson? What was it like to sail with Nelson’s Navy? In this activity -based session pupils explore the life of this famous man and will be ‘trained’ for a life at sea.
From object handling a life mask of Nelson, role -playing jobs on board, to investigating if diet then was healthier than today, pupils discover first-hand what life was like for sailors in the past.
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 people (fully accessible)
History at NMRN
A unique opportunity to access archives not normally on public display. These sessions are tailored to suit students' requirements and can include topics such as Maritime exploration and the development of England; The Royal Navy and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; The Gallipoli Campaign; The First and Second World Wars; D-Day; the Falklands Conflict and modern conflict post 9/11.
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £80 per half day for up to 35 people
History at HMS Victory
Students have a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and access the museum archives linked to HMS Victory, Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Through a series of investigative activities focused around these primary sources students will discover more about the ship, the battle and the men who served on board.
Price: Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £80 per half day for up to 30 people
Allow us to show you how this 1840s Boathouse was converted into an interactive tourist attraction. Students will learn about the hardware and software that goes into running our exhibits and displays on a daily basis. The behind the scenes tour offers an extensive insight into how technology had advanced and changed over the past decade and how a modern tourist attraction has to keep refreshed in order to stay up to date. Students will also take an in-depth look at our Laser Quest arena, exploring the technology that powers it and the ins and outs of the arena itself.
Suitable for all Key Stages
£9.00 per student.
Physical Education at Action Stations
Pupils work together in teams to complete different challenges that are scored to produce a winning team. There are a variety of challenges that can be adapted to the group – we will be happy to design a bespoke programme to suit.
All Key Stages
£8.00 per student.
History at Action Stations
A look at the world through the eyes of a spy, focusing on a Portsmouth based story that resulted in a not so happy ending! In this workshop, students will be sent on a secret mission around Action Stations, be put to the challenge of deciphering codes, taking part in our code and cipher workshop and exploring both modern and historic methods of espionage.
£8.00 per student.
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 (+ £4.50 per student admission charge) Maximum 15 students per tour.
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.
Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils
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.
Discovery visit £4.50 per pupil + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils.
A Discovery Visit is a teacher-led, self-guided visit to one attraction within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
£4.50 for 1 attraction, £6.50 for two attractions and £8.50 for three attractions per student.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has produced guidelines for teachers bringing pupils on education visits. It is the responsibility of group leaders to complete a full risk assessment prior to visiting and these guidelines do not replace your own assessment being undertaken.
Please download the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard guidelines and the guidelines for the attraction(s) you are due to visit.
For security purposes we do not have the facility to store lunch boxes or bags so we advise that luggage is kept to a minimum and pupils have backpacks so their hands are free for climbing ladders aboard the ships. We also advise all visitors to wear sensible shoes and dress warmly in cold weather.
At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard we offer a fantastic range of education visits for groups at all levels from Foundation Stage through to Post 16. We provide experiences which cannot be created in the classroom and are designed to maximise pupils' learning experiences, with a range of options depending on curriculum, visit time and budget.