Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Wendy A
    1 contribution
    Great day out, very educational
    First visit and what we've seen so far is amazing. Well worth the full experience ticket if the submarine exhibition is anything to go by. Only gripe is the pathetic £1 discount on ticket prices for seniors. Better no discount at all than a £1 insult.
    Hi Wendya1565, we really appreciate your feedback! We will be sure to pass your comments onto the team here at Portsmouth Historic Dockyards. Thank you for letting our team know how we did! We look forward to helping again in the future. Take care! ^AF
    Written February 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2023
  • Michellechampers
    England, United Kingdom1,647 contributions
    Secret tip, you don’t have to pay to go in the dockyard only on the exhibits.
    As I live quite close to the dockyard I often take a walk into the dockyard and have a little look around and see what ships are in port, there is no fee to get on site and as I have been on the amazing HMS victory looked around the Mary Rose and let the children play on the HMS warrior many many times, my secret tip is, if you’ve only got a short period of time you don’t have to go on exhibits why not just take a look around, the boat house is free, but be careful as young children will be disappointed if the see the fun “action stations” as you have to pay to let them play here. The dockyard full tickets can cost up to £50 per person if you want to do it all, and more importantly have the time to make your money count. The site has a nice restaurant, and very nice coffee shop.
    Hi Michelllechampers, thank you for sharing your positive experience and feedback. If you have any further questions, please give us a call or email at enquiries@nmrn.org.uk. We're always happy to help! We hope to see you soon! ^AF
    Written March 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 5, 2023
  • John Holiday
    Mold, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Historic Dockyard
    My daughter has just bought me an annual ticket & just made my first visit. Absolutely fascinating and so much to see. Quite tiring walking around, as it is very spread out, but worth the effort. Look forward to returning again soon.
    Hi Inspire61845808753, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^AF
    Written March 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 9, 2023
  • cmathias07
    Cardiff, United Kingdom86 contributions
    Great day out
    Great day out. We visited the mary rose, borrowed a wheelchair and had a nice drink overlooking the sea. Large restaurant but looked like it was closed ! It wasn't, just stopped serving hot food. For people who can't walk far, you have to drop them outside then go and park. Would go back and see more of the ships
    Hi Cmathias07, thank you for sharing your positive experience! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^AF
    Written March 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Jonstance
    9 contributions
    Terrific Day Out to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards - Not to be Missed
    We had visited the remains of the Mary Rose in the past and were amazed at the display now constructed around the surviving piece of hull. Hundreds of salvaged artefacts, from nitcombs to a huge anchor rope , are displayed, placed in positions they were found on the ship, bringing greater meaning to their purpose. We were guided by ‘Friday Tony’ whose depth of knowledge was astounding and enlightening. Some commonly held myths were dispelled. Our ticket took us to several of the attractions, so we saw parts of the restoration of The Victory and decks that were still intact - a fascinating experience. There was so much to do, such as museums, a submarine and a harbour cruise that took us close to the newest aircraft carrier, we wished we had more time.
    Hi Jonstance, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive and kind review. We are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit. We are also so pleased to hear that you were able to make the most of your Ultimate Explorer ticket, and we can't wait to welcome you back again soon! ^AF
    Written March 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Claire R
    Reading, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Incredible place
    Excellent time here over 2 days as a family with 9 and 7 year olds. So many interesting and interactive sights to see. One of the best tourist attractions we've been to in the UK. Kids loved the obstacle course in Action Stations which we returned to several times when they needed to let off steam. Only negative was that we had to queue for about 20 minutes to get in after arriving 10 minutes after opening time, even with pre-booked tickets.
    Hi Claire R, we are very happy we could provide you and your family with such a positive experience! Feel free to reach out to us if you need anything else. Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review, and we can't wait to welcome you again soon! ^AF
    Written March 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2023
  • EAP
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom90 contributions
    Ships Ahoy!
    We bought the Ultimate Explorer ticket which was well worth the money. Much cheaper to buy this for 10 attractions than buying tickets for individual ones. It cost £39 (each) online and it allowed us to visit the submarine, take the harbour tour, visit HMS Warrior, Victory and the Mary Rose alongside visiting all the museums. Lots to see, lots to learn and entertaining.
    Eap8181, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We hope you will be back to see us soon. ^SB
    Written April 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Liz g
    Swansea, United Kingdom26 contributions
    Good day out
    A lot to see and do for your money.Did the Titanic in Belfast last year very disappointed,the mary rosé experience was well thought out lots to see and do .Also wheelchair accessible Victory had a lot of decks steps /ladders very informative Warrior very same .There as a guy telling you about the working of the ship very entertaining. Nice boat ride to the submarine museum very chatty guy that had served on this sub more that happy to answer any questions. We booked the ultimate ticket less than £40 each if booked online exelent value .The ripoff was on food or drink £5.50 for a bogstandard tuna sandwich £6.50 for can of beer .Yet when we went to the sub museum,there was a tea shack that was reasonably prices sandwich and drinks .
    Thank you for taking the time to provide your honest feedback. We are glad we could provide you with an enjoyable and engaging visit, though we are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the food and drink on site. We appreciate you letting us know the aspects of your visit that were less than positive, as this allows us an opportunity to review and improve our visitor experience. We hope this has not deterred you from visiting again, as we would be delighted to welcome you back soon! ^AP
    Written April 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Holly V
    London, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Great family day out ...
    What an amazing place to visit! So much to see and do. We visited with our two teenage sons and we all came away having thoroughly enjoyed our day. We did end up visiting over two days and we will no doubt be back again as we bought the Explorer ticket which is excellent value given how much there is to see and do. We would definitely recommend. We particularly enjoyed the Mary Rose exhibition and HMS Warrior and the harbour tour was really interesting.
    Holly V, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience! We can't wait to welcome you back again! ^SB
    Written April 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2023
  • S_jH818
    27 contributions
    Brilliant day out (older children)
    We booked Victory on line and travelled by train in school holidays. Very impressed with the audio handsets which were included in the price. We hadn't been anywhere with these before. Everyone had their own and zapped the codes on the way around the ship. The audio was informative and parts were like being in an actual battle. These were so useful for the dyslexics in our family and for me as I didn't have to read lots of information to others. We all went around at our own pace. The steps were steep and the ceiling low so I wouldnt recommend for anyone with mobility issues. The ship is in dry dock so we were able to venture down into the dock. Unfortunately ship also has scaffolding over the main body. However it did mean we could go on the scaffold platforms and get a close up view on the outside too. Once we had explored all that there was a Victory museum to explore. It was school holidays so there were lots of children's activities happening in the museum including a minecraft battle to be won. This was a big thumbs up from the kids. Cafe was expensive but lots of choice and a huge gift shop. There was also a boat yard to visit with a few hands on activities for the kids.
    S_jh818, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations! We are delighted to hear that you found the audio guide onboard HMS Victory to be supportive and engaging on your visit, and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Victory Live - viewing the once in a generation conservation project work up close. We aim to provide an enjoyable experience for all ages, and we are thrilled to have provided this on your visit. Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments, and we hope to welcome you back soon! ^AP
    Written April 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2023
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ElsTraveller
Reading, UK17 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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Sennockian55
Sevenoaks, UK512 contributions
Feb 2020
As some exhibitions were closed on a Monday and the weather wasn't kind for a harbour tour, rather than just get entry to a couple of exhibits, we went for the annual pass and plan to revisit in warmer weather. Obviously the Victory is a must see. HMS Warrior was interesting and we enjoyed the museum. We had a pricey little lunch in the cafe attached to the Mary Rose exhibition (not included in the dockyard ticket) which was convenient for the Victory but on another day, with better weather, we wouldn't have bothered.
Written February 10, 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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Russ Lerrs
5 contributions
Mar 2020
It was an embarrassing experience on Sunday 8th March 2020, when we took two of our grandchildren ages 6 & 9 to the Portsmouth Dockyard Action Stations ( Inactions more like) for a day out.
They are very active children who have thoroughly enjoyed our periodic visits to the dockyard in the past. However, how things have deteriorated over the last 3-4 years.
Often they go into the Action stations area to play on the various activities, but they are lucky if they can hardly find any of the interactive games actually fully functioning at all. The controls on some, video interactive games stuck, and cannot be rest. No staff on duty to supervise or operate the 9 pad games until late afternoon; no-one at all to supervise the mast climbing opportunity. Or available for the under 5 year olds climbing area.
Even in the the horrible history area, the ‘splat the rat’ projector was switched off , and the man on duty was only providing cover during someone else’s dinner break, but had no knowledge nofbhowcto turn it on for us.

When the children don’t want to walk around looking at the ships, or go on the boat ride all day long, there is little else for them to do. They would probably have had more fun in a public playground. When we first went to the dockyard, there were long lines of queues of children waiting to have their go on something or the other.

Nowadays, I considering you would be wasting your money spending it on a child’s pass, although I believe the under 5 ‘ves are entitled to free entry?

Why doesn’t the manager of these areas I have raised regarding the broken down games or limited activities do anything to improve them. Fancy allowing the standards to drop so low. It’s probably not a profit making venture.
It beggars belief.
Go there if you must. The Museum, ships, harbour trip , Gosport submarine, and explosion experience are excellent for those who want to learn about these things of an historical interest. But, it’s boring for younger children, when a lot of the activities there just aren’t in operation. That’s all I needed to say.
Written March 9, 2020
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ianatcambridge
St Ives, UK543 contributions
Feb 2020
Really is a must do if in Portsmouth. Ideally if you have the time doing bits over two days or more is best ( ticket valid for a year) We had a full navy ticket and this is only 50p more than 3 exhibits ticket so really worth getting. ( Cheaper to get in advance) There really is so much to do for adults and children. Guided tour of HMS Victory very good. HMS Warrior enormous but not a major amount of information. The guided Harbour tour also very interesting. The museums have a massive amount of exhibits with a trip across to Gosport to the submarine museum also included. If you have limited time then really need to do some research and prioritise.
Written February 3, 2020
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Sennockian55
Sevenoaks, UK14 contributions
Feb 2020
The guided tour of HMS Victory took about an hour and was very interesting. Much better than just wandering about, providing useful background information and historical fact. There are some very steep stairs and extremely low ceilings so take care. In complete contrast the Warrior is a much larger and more spacious ship - no guided tour available but you get an information leaflet and a map. Quite a lot to explore. The museum has some interesting exhibits, there is a special section dedicated to Nelson but loads more. Given the weather was wet and breezy we didn't take the harbour tour even though it was included in the ticket - but there's an excuse to head back in the next 12 months. We had lunch in the Mary Rose Cafe (this exhibition costs extra and is not on the dockyard ticket but the cafe and shop are open to the general public). The cafe was serving mostly expensive sandwiches and not much selection. We parked in the dockyard parking area just up the road - £5 for 4 hours.
Written February 6, 2020
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK968 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
There are a lot of price choices so do check. It isn’t cheap and you pay for a ‘year’ which is great if you’re a local. The dockyard has numerous attractions, some are included within your admission fee others aren’t. For example the Mary Rose exhibition has a separate charge. The overall area is flat and easy under foot. Lots of places to purchase food and drink. Other facilities available. Great area for kids within the ‘Action Stations’ building. Overall you can easily spend a good few hours here and learn a lot about naval history over the years.
Written March 7, 2020
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,723 contributions
Feb 2020
Managed to get myself a discounted annual pass so plan to visit the historic dockyard a few times during the Spring and into Summer but to start things off I thought I would try the Mary Rose as a Winter visit - note the Mary Rose is a separate attraction and requires a separate ticket. Separate review posted for the Mary Rose too. So over the course of the next few months I'll reviews for a number of the dockyard exhibits.

The Dockyard itself has lots of family connections for me so it is always great to have a walk around. So whether it is HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, a harbour tour, Action Stations, the museum exhibitions, lunch or a drink in the Boathouse then there is plenty to see and do.

Think it will be Victory next for me, havent done that for years.

At the time of visiting then the new carrier HMS Prince of Wales was in harbour. A huge vessel towering above others. But thats the dockyard for you a mix of old and the new.

The dockyard has its own car park which is ideal and decent value if you are staying the whole day but if only for say a couple of hours then there is also Gunwharf Quays car park nearby.

Outside the dockyard is a memorial to the "mudlarkers" who used to dive into the mud to collect coins that were thrown into the mud by people using the ferries. Lots of history around this place.
Written February 12, 2020
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Lee D
209 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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James F
Droitwich, UK59 contributions
Oct 2020
Our youngest son has applied to join the Royal Navy, so we decided to spend a long weekend in Portsmouth, concentrating on the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We bought the Ultimate Explorer ticket which sounded, on the face of it, quite expensive at £39 each but it turned out to be fantastic value! It enables access to all the various museums for up to one year. We managed to fill three amazing days visiting the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, M33, The Submarine and Explosion! Museums at Gosport and enjoyed a remarkably interesting harbour tour into the bargain. If you haven't been for a few years, treat yourself! Every single element of the experience has been greatly improved – particularly the new home for Mary Rose, which finally brings it all to life and the audio tour of Victory, which is nothing short of outstanding. We were nervous about visiting during Covid but we needn't have worried - a lot of work has been done with minimum disruption and it was virtually deserted anyway, which is a huge shame. Get along and help support this fantastic resource - you will not be disappointed. My only criticism is the way that booking your visits online works (or doesn't) – it is clunky, frustrating and seems unnecessary.
Written October 26, 2020
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