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 is open daily.

From April-October: Last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.30pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 6.00pm.

From November - March: Last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.00pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 5.30pm.

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Please call for details of individual attraction Christmas opening hours.

Admission charges

Standard & Gift Aid Ticket

Adult: £26.00
Senior: £24.25
Student: £24.25
Child: £19.75 (Children under 5 are free.)
Family: £72.00 (up to 5 members of the same family, maximum 2 adults/seniors).

Valid for UNLIMITED entry to all Portsmouth Historic Dockyard attractions for one year. (excluding some special events)

Loyalty Club...Enjoy unlimited entry for 2 years

We offer 2 types of Loyalty Club tickets which are tremendous value for money. Both types of pass have numerous benefits and are valid for 2 years.

The Admiral's Boarding Pass includes FREE entry to events on site and the Captain's Boarding Pass includes discounted entry to events. Some of the benefits include:

* Unlimited entry to all attractions, except during some special events.
* 25% Discounted entry to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard attractions for up to 4 family or friends.
* Free Semaphore newsletter.

Admiral's Boarding Pass...
Adult: £51.05
Child: £46.00
Senior: £46.00
Family: £137.90

Captain's Boarding Pass...
Adult: £35.75
Child: £30.65
Senior: £30.65
Family: £112.35


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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.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of hms victory

Sleepover at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2014

  • 16 — 17 May 2014 6:30pm-11am

Design your own Royal Navy poster, play the giant battleship game and laser quest, catch a movie in the cinema and then sleep over in the historic building of Action Stations which is over 150 years old! Call 02392 893338 to book. (Booking closes Tuesday 13th May) Please note that all bookings are non-refundable.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


Tickets including light refreshments are £20.00 per child - accompanying adults are free of charge.