Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard takes the guesswork out of planning the perfect day out.
Don’t miss a trip to the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s first love, which for the first time ever provides unrestricted views of the ship and life-sized projections of the crew. Or take the new visitor’s route on board the world’s most famous warship, HMS Victory and be one of the first to try our brand new audio guide as the drama of the battle of Trafalgar unfolds, deck-by-deck, hour by hour, when the ship sets sail from Portsmouth.
Now included for free in the ticket is the mast-rigging. Visitors can experience what it would be like to be a sailor on the high seas in Boathouse 4 and see if they have what it takes to climb to the top of the mast.
Visit the Victorian powerhouse, HMS Warrior 1860, as well as unique Gallipoli Campaign survivor - HMS M.33. Be wowed, and moved, by the greatest naval battle of all time – the Battle of Jutland – through never-before-seen displays and galleries in the newest blockbuster exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won the War.
And if that’s not enough, get out onto the water with our harbour tour and use the water bus to get to our Gosport-based attractions. Submerse yourself in the only remaining Second World War-era submarine, HMS Alliance before visiting neighbouring Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower which tells the exciting story of naval warfare.
With so much to see and do, there are plenty of reasons to return again and again throughout the year.
All-Attraction ticket includes entry to:
• The Mary Rose: Watch this breath-taking 16th Century ship come alive in a way not seen in any other museum in the world. See the extraordinary collection of Tudor artefacts recovered from the sea after nearly 500 years.
• HMS Victory: The world’s most celebrated warship has undergone her biggest change. A major reinterpretation of her visitor route through the ship enables visitors to follow in the footsteps of Nelson, its most famous Admiral.
• HMS Warrior 1860: The world’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship launched in 1860 and never fired a shot in anger, yet changed naval warfare forever.
• 36 hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War: This brand new exhibition from The National Museum of the Royal Navy reveals the story behind the greatest naval battle in history.
• The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth: Britain’s only museum dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Navy, spanning several hundred years.
• Action Stations: Release your inner ninja on the new Ninja Force assault course. Measuring 20 metres by six metres, the course combines elements of Parkour, rock climbing and rope courses. It's suitable for anyone over six and visitors can have as many goes as they like.
• Boathouse 4: A great new family attraction within the Historic Dockyard, featuring hands-on children’s activities and a brand new indoor Mast & Rigging experience. There is the Forgotten Craft exhibition which pays tribute to the heroic small naval craft and crews of the past. You can also get a great birds-eye view of students practising traditional boatbuilding skills as part of the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth.
• HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum: Discover a world beneath the sea by walking on board HMS Alliance - it’s as if she is about to leave for sea. Take a peek through the working periscopes and see, hear and even smell how life was lived underwater.
• Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower: Take the free waterbus over to this award-winning museum – home to a unique collection that includes torpedoes, modern missiles - and even a nuclear bomb.
• HMS M.33: Discover the only surviving ship from the First World War’s Gallipoli campaign.
• Harbour Tours: A sailor’s eye view of the Historic Dockyard, and the warships of the modern Royal Navy
• Waterbus: Enjoy a complimentary boat ride from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum (subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis).
The dockyard offers a wide range of options for catering and retail; including Costa Coffee, Midships, Boathouse No. 7 Restaurant, Nauticalia, the Mary Rose shop and café, The National Museum of the Royal Navy shop and the Dockyard Apprentice Exhibition.