Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Featuring world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Plus visit HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine, and the M33, the sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916. Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations, the Harbour Tours, andd the Jutland Exhibition, there's plenty to see and do. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out for all the family. Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future - a must see for anyone visiting the south of England.
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8,170 reviews
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Lee D
180 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Fabulous day out. You need to book a time slot and tickets on-line - making entry to the site easy. Good Covid practices in place. We opted to book a year pass which will allow us access to all of the many ships and museums (including those in Gosport) over the next 12 months. This ticket is excellent value if you are local and want to visit throught the year or simply want to spend more than 1 day exploring. There is definitely enough to see over several visits.
Staff excellent and very knowledgeable. Some of the staff in character roles explaining the history of the ship - making the experience very interactive.
If you are going just for the day I'd recommend planning a full day as there is certainly enough to see and do (obviously dependent on the access your ticket allows).
We did the harbour cruise (takes about 45 minutes) which was informative and definitely worth it. Very interesting to see the historical vessels alingside the operational ships of the Royal Navy. We opted to get on the first cruise of the day, which was fine re availabilty, but noted that the later cruises were full and some customers were disappointed as it's on a first come first served basis.
We didn't eat in the dockyard but there were lots of options if you wished to and several benches for picnicking.

Overall excellent value and a great day out. Thoroughly recommended for lovers of maritime history and non.
Written July 2, 2021
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Bristol, UK103 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Our entry time was 12pm, we'd recommend arriving earlier as we had to queue for everything even on reduced capacity. We only stayed for 2 hours after being on both ships and seeing the Mary Rose, if your really into ships you could probably do the audio tours which take an hour each and be here longer.
The Mary Rose exhibition was very well done and thought through, this was our highlight.
Ticket prices for the all inclusive exhibitions are expensive considering what is available.
Written June 4, 2021
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Elle D
Taunton, UK32 contributions
Aug 2021
This is definitely worth a visit! It may seem a little bit pricey but you'll make the most of it. we had the 3 explorer ticket, we spent the majority of the day here. The HMS Victory was our favourite as you can follow the story as you go around the ship. we also visited the Mary Rose, which if you enjoy museums and information is perfect for yourself but if you wish only to see the ship, there is many opportunities but not the most interesting after the first couple times. We also did the HMS Warrior which was one we haven't heard of before but found very interesting especially the actors who helped explain more about the ship and its story. If you have more time or have a more advanced ticket then they've got a lot more to offer. The gift shops are lovely, we picked up quite a few bits and the cafes were always at a manageable number, never too unbearably busy. Overall, lovely day out with parking close by. would recommend to all.
Written August 19, 2021
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Southport, UK1 contribution
Jun 2021
You can't go in with a dog,

You are not allowed in without buying a ticket.

Staff at the gate were friendly but refused us entry because we had a dog, I then asked if we came back without the dog could we gain entry but was told that you used to get in for free but not any more, you must purchase tickets.
I explained that I visited HMS Victory twice back in the 50s when I was a child but I just wanted to see the ship one more time as I was in my 70s and disabled and could no longer be able to navigate her interior so buying a ticket would be a waste, but no you must buy a ticket. I must add we travelled from Lancashire on holiday.
Written June 23, 2021
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Louise C
Derby, UK67 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We booked the 1 attraction day ticket as we had visited here before and this time wanted to visit the submarine museum at Gosport. The booking of the tickets on the website was not so intuitive... I ended up booking generic dockyard tickets instead of Gosport! When I called the museum they said just turn up at Gosport when you like ignore the time selected for portsmouth! At Gosport I wanted to confirm if we could take the water ferry over to Portsmouth after viewing the submarines....none of the staff knew this! I checked the website again and it said I could so we did. Please also note that if you visit Gosport you can visit both attractions at Gosport as a single attraction.. again not clear on the website! Think this is very expensive however my boys did enjoy it!
Written August 21, 2021
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Linda B
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The Historic Dockyard has something for everyone. Interesting, fun and informative. But beware! You will need more than one day to appreciate the different ships and museum’s - which is why the entrance fee can entitle you to go back again once or an annual ticket.
Written October 18, 2021
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Lisa L
Peterborough, UK127 contributions
Jul 2021
There was some confusion upon arrival as our tickets were from 2020 but due to lockdown were unable to go. We were sent a Returner ID which needs using with the original tickets which we never received as unable to visit in 2020. I emailed PHD before our visit who confirmed the Returner ID was fine.

The staff were very unhelpful on the day and also there had been some changes to their admission which meant we were unable to visit the Mary Rose exhibit. This was all very disappointing and the customer service received was poor.

Nonetheless, we enjoyed our day, visiting the main exhibits (HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, Submarine Museum, Harbour Tour). Still need to return to go round the museums.

I emailed the CS Team regarding the ticket situation who resolved the problem and apologised for the lack of Customer Service on the day. So will look forward to a future visit. The staff on site looking after the exhibits were very knowledgeable and friendly.

Highly recommend this but check the ticket situation if you have a Returner ID from 2020 where you have not used the original tickets.
Written July 30, 2021
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Reading, UK15 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We visited the HMS Victory with our 3 and 6 year old. Our eldest absolutely loved it (and so did we). Our youngest thought it was ‘boring’ and the highlight of his trip was buying a plastic sword in the gift shop.

Due to our children’s ages, we did not get the audio guide and just walked around the ship, having an educated guess at what certain things could be for and asking the occasional question from the informative guides. When we left we got the £5 souvenir book on the HMS victory which is great value and very informative. I was pleased to learn that the poop deck had nothing to do with poo!

I struggled understanding the ticket system online so here’s an idiot’s guide to buying a ticket:
1. Get an annual pass. It’s amazing value, even if you only visit once because you can visit as many attractions as you can squeeze into your day.
2. Your ticket gets you into the whole site. When you buy it, you don’t have to choose a specific attraction so choose your arrival time carefully because that is the time you enter the dockyard and from there you go to the ship(s) you want to see
3. There’s a boat trip included in the annual ticket (I do not recall this being mentioned online). Buying a ticket separately is £26 for a family. It was a great way to see the non-historical ships currently in port although at 45 mins long it got a bit boring for the kids.

We had a sandwich/wrap lunch in the main restaurant and the quality is far higher than what you usually get at a tourist attraction. Great coffee too and fair prices.

It was a fantastic way to spend a few hours. Can’t wait to go back and visit the other ships and museums on site.
Written September 7, 2020
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Alison M
Worthing, UK5 contributions
Oct 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our day there and look forward to returning on our ticket sometime next year. The Victory with the audio commentary is amazing and we felt we were actually in the battle at one point. The Mary Rose is just fascinating with all the items they have recovered along with the ship itself. The queues are part and parcel of the times we are living in but move quickly and the guides explain what is going on. The only negative was the cost of the food, so take a picnic, £5 for a sausage roll, £3 for a muffin!!.
Written October 30, 2020
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Neath, UK336 contributions
Aug 2021
I visited with my husband and we bought the ultimate explorer ticket, we took advantage of the Blue Light Card discount which made it even better value. We had a full day there on a Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The sense of history on the Victory was incredible and we were blown away by The Mary Rose. The harbour tour was very enjoyable and informative (and we were glad of a sit down).
We visited the submarine museum and the museum of naval firepower the next day and they were very interesting, good value as part of the explorer ticket but expensive as a stand alone attraction.
Written September 5, 2021
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