Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


A Victorian Festival of Christmas






General Enquiries and School and Group Bookings

02392 839 766


02392 894 550


02392 295252

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HMS Victory and Mary Rose Museum
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Be a part of your history and come face to face with fascinating artefacts, ships and people that helped shape our history.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to world-famous ships, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose Museum, plus a leading UK maritime museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Testing both skill and bravery, Action Stations represents today’s Navy and a boat trip gives a view of the Royal Navy fleet up close.

At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, visitors can feel at first-hand what it was really like to serve and fight on board the ships that shaped Britain’s history – alongside modern warships of the Royal Navy. It’s a full day out that stays with all ages forever.

Ask anyone to name the most famous warships in the world and Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 are sure to feature. Their appeal endures because of the graphic and moving stories associated with them; being the favourite of Henry VIII; the victor at the Battle of Trafalgar and never firing a shot in anger during 10 long years of sea domination.

But it’s more than that. It’s the social history about life onboard and in the wider society; the bravery and heroism of generations of serving personnel and their families and their compelling stories; the technology that meant Britain led the world and the anecdotes which have fashioned our language for centuries.

Explorers can learn history in fun ways with costumed interpreters, games, dressing-up, crafts, trails and talks. There’s also lots of space for children to explore in their own way, including indoor attractions to cater for that ever-changing British weather!

Those with a more serious interest in naval matters have ample opportunities to discover more and expert guides are on hand to help.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opens at 10am. Last tickets are sold at 4.30pm (April – October) and 4.00pm (November – March). The Dockyard is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Please call for details of individual attraction Christmas opening hours.

Admission charges

Ticket Adult Child Family Concession
HMS Victory £18.00 £13.00 £49.60 £17.00
HMS Warrior £18.00 £13.00 £49.60 £17.00
The Mary Rose £18.00 £13.00 £49.60 £17.00
Nat. Mus. Royal Navy £13.00 £8.00 £33.30 £12.00
Action Stations £11.50 £8.50 £32.00 £11.00
Submarine £14.00 £10.00 £38.00 £11.00
Royal Marines Mus. £9.00 £4.00 £22.00 £7.00
Explosion £10.00 £6.00 £25.30 £9.00

All-attraction £28.00 £21.00 £78.40 £26.00

Admirals Loyalty £59.00 £49.00 £149.00
Captains Loyalty £49.00 £35.00 £119.00

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s NEW 2014 annual ALL-ATTRACTION TICKET* now includes entry to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and HMS Alliance, along with admission to the Explosion, The Museum of Naval Firepower and a complimentary waterbus to these attractions, as well as entry to the Royal Marines Museum. Visitors also have access to the new Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, plus many more exciting attractions.


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes all visitors. The site is, however, a working Naval Base and certain areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, with a restricted mobility or who are visually impaired. As a safety precaution, we ask that all these visitors are accompanied by a carer. Toilets for disabled visitors can be found in the Historic Dockyard Coach and Car Park, Boathouse No.7, Mary Rose Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Wheelchairs are available free of charge from the Visitor Centre, Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860 and National Museum of the Royal Navy. Please call 02392 839766 for further information.