HMS Victory
HMS Victory
4.5
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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  • F. S
    Sicily, Italy178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth your time
    AMAZING and stunning experience. It is always worthwhile your time. Give some thought to life on board, not only during Trafalgar battle but during the entire period when the British fleet travelled and conquered the world. The ship is a living history lesson.
    316fs, thank you for sharing your positive experience! We are so glad to hear that you learnt so much from our attraction! Have a lovely day and we hope to see you soon! ^RH
    Written July 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Mark K
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking in history
    Visiting this legendary ship never fails to impress. So much history - and on-going conservation - means that each visit brings you something new. Don't miss the Nelson exhibits in the Royal Naval museum next door.
    Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We are so glad that you learnt lots and find something new with each visit. We will be delighted to welcome you back soon! ^RH
    Written July 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • wendyanddavid536
    Solihull, United Kingdom2,125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant, and Very Moving!
    Even though the HMS Victory is largely under wraps while a multi-million restoration taking several years is underway, a visit to the ship is still fantastic. You can still visit many of the decks with their numerous artefacts, great explanations and people on hand to guide and inform. A must-see!!
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. HMS Victory's project is vital to conserving this historic vessel for future generations, and to read such support of this is greatly appreciated by our team. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon! ^SF
    Written November 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 24, 2023
  • angus t
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who knew ships were this interesting?
    This was totally worth it. I am not a military historian at all, but loved getting an idea of what it must have been like to be a sailor on these ships, much less during an actual battle. The audio accompaniment on Victory is very well done. And definitely see the Mary Rose exhibit too. It is amazing.
    Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience with us. HMS Victory's project is vital to conserving this historic vessel for future generations, and to read such support of this is greatly appreciated by our team. Thanks again, and we hope you have a great day. Take care! ^SF
    Written November 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Michellechampers
    England, United Kingdom3,695 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience
    If you get a chance to go onboard you should take it, the ship is perfectly preserved, and still in commission. She is the flag ship for the Royal Navy. Please read up a bit about Admiral lord Nelson and the battle of trafalgar before going on board, this will make your visit even more interesting.
    Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience with us. HMS Victory's project is vital to conserving this historic vessel for future generations, and to read such support of this is greatly appreciated by our team. We hope to welcome you again soon. ^SF
    Written November 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Stu151
    Wickford, United Kingdom1,807 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    Clearly one of the most significant ships in British naval history, so a "must visit" to anyone at all interested in the topic. At the moment undergoing a major renovation project, which initially worried us, but actual made the visit better. All tours of the ship now have to be "guided" which is a vast improvement on "free flow", as we had an expert (and very knowledgeable) voluntary guide with us. Fascination ship, well laid out, exactly as it would have been at the Battle of Trafalgar. You can (easily) imagine what life on board was like. The restoration means that she is surrounded by scaffolding while the planking etc is restored/replaced - this allows you to get much nearer than would otherwise be possible, but at the same time doesn't detract from your overall visit. (There are quite steep steps on board and very limited head room)
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to HMS Victory, and we hope to welcome you again in the future. Take care! ^SF
    Written December 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 28, 2023
  • EJ1990167
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Experience
    This was the trip of a lifetime, a big trip for us which was years in the planning, and it didn't disappoint. A thoroughly interesting exhibit, even though some was covered as part of the restoration, the fact that you could still go and ask questions, see the shipwrights working and learn more about the restoration process was great. The guided tour around the ship itself was fantastic, Simon was really knowlegeble and even though the group was small with a mix of young children and adults, he managed to keep everyone engaged without dumbing anything down. Also spoke to another guide in the magazine (didn't catch name!) who was equally friendly and knew his stuff as well. It added a huge amount to the day.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and thank you for your kind comments about our team. We will ensure your feedback is shared with our operations team. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon! ^SF
    Written December 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Amy B
    World3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, engaging and full of information!
    We really enjoyed our tour of HMS Victory. There is lots to see at the docks. Although with a 7 year old decides just the victory would be enough. It’s not cheap, more attractions would have been better value for your money. However, the guided tour we had on the victory was fantastic! Our guide Michelle was engaging and insightful, she answered any questions we had, even the ridiculous, suck as “are those soft play nets?”. My 7 year old was the only child on board that tour and we were in a small group of 10 (out of school holidays just). He was included every step of the way, shot a cannon (ish) and Michelle basically did the tour to him, with the grown ups in the group happy to listen to the facts and stories which she presented brilliantly, she made sure the only child was engaged. And he was! He loved it! Us grown ups attached to said child also loved it! Well done Michelle! And thank you!
    Hi there! Thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team! We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! ^NH
    Written January 8, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • RazzyBthefirst
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom1,450 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating experience
    My dad being a naval history buff, this was just something we had to do. Picked a filthy day and it was a fair journey from Cheshire, but well worth it. Plenty of staff around and you get an audio device to take onboard, which is a must. Absolutely fascinating to listen to what was going on back then. We are both 6' 3'' so a good job we were wearing caps, the lower deck ceilings are low and there was plenty of head banging going on. We were told by one of the guides that the tallest crew member was actually 6' 7'', poor lad. Bought an ultimate ticket online - you can return any time over the next 12 months. We will go back to see the Mary Rose and maybe we can get on the deck of Victory by then, current work permitting?
    Hi there, We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us! We are always more than happy to assist you if anything else comes up. Take care! ^NH
    Written February 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 27, 2024
  • John Hicks
    Old Basing, United Kingdom71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where British Naval History comes to life!
    What a fascinating insight into our naval history and so interesting to see how sailors lived and worked. To see how Admiral Lord Nelson lived and died. This is well worth a visit but we bought a year’s pass for not a lot more money as there are so many places to visit in the Royal Navy Dockyard but we couldn’t manage it all in one day.
    We are so happy to read such a great review about your recent visit with us! Thank you so much again for your feedback and we hope to welcome you again soon. ^SF
    Written May 20, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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hywelt28
Crawley, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
A great way to discover more about the Georgian navy, Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar.

You take a self guided walk around the ship (there is an audio guide available if you wish) and discover all about this era of history. The final and new part of the visit is a tour under the ship so you can see the original keel and how the ship was built.

At time of visiting (October 2020) entry is part of the Ultimate explorer ticket. Due to Covid there were queues to get on board but it was less crowded when you were on board.
Written October 30, 2020
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Sennockian55
Sevenoaks, UK473 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had a guide tour which took about an hour, Fascinating insight into life on a battleship in the early 19th century. Our guide was able to create a vision of hell on the gun decks but explained the historical significance of the ship and its place in time. Very limited space in places, some steep stairs and extremely low ceilings, the lower decks particularly. As a part of British history, Victory is a must see.
Written February 10, 2020
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noorcaughley
Shrewsbury, UK1,395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is one of our great historic ships which has been beautifully preserved. It is situated next to the Mary Rose, but tickets need to be bought from a nearby museum shop. The tours run every half hour. In theory you could visit the two ships if you have the energy!
Written January 9, 2020
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Sarah B
Braintree, UK318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Amazing ship. Sympathetically restored. Audio guide was great in informing you of the ship and crew and battle of Trafalgar and nelsons untimely death aboard her. It's a 200year old shop so expect narrow steps, uneven walkways, low lighting and very low ceilings. But it is authentic and an amazing history lesson. I loved how you could view the hull of the ship in dry dock at the end. Allow 2 hours. More if you listen to every commentary and take copious photos as we did!!
Written October 11, 2020
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TeamEJ
North East England, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
This was an amazing day for the family. To make it better we also saw HMS PoW in dock. The new museum is a great starter to understand the wider history behind this great ship and the tour itself, with audio support is out of this world. Well worth a visit. If you are planning on doing more then get one of the multiple trip offers as single attraction pricing is expensive.
Written August 4, 2021
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK14,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Our 5yr old grandson want to see the “pirate ship” and so we made Victory our first stop. There are complimentary audio guides but we knew there wouldn’t be time to use them as obviously a young child has a short attention span! A lot of the interior deck areas are low in height and you have to watch your head - I was wearing a flat cap and one of the helpful staff recommended wearing it back to front in order to spot the beams better. To be honest you could easily spend an hour or two looking around/taking everything in but although it didn’t take us long this visit, we have one of the annual return tickets and so will be back again on our own next time. Your HMS Victory ticket also gives admission to the related museum nearby and this is also worth a look round.
Written February 25, 2022
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Retired_Gentleman
Southampton, UK267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
One of the good things about having visitors staying with you is that you get to visit not only local attractions that you haven’t seen for many years, but also new ones that you haven’t got round to visiting yet. And so it was at Portsmouth where we saw both HMS Victory and the Mary Rose, two very different experiences.

HMS Victory is wonderfully restored and fascinating. My lasting memory is as before – how very cramped it is, exacerbated by the low ceilings and steep narrow stairs. Conditions must have been appalling for (most of) the crew who lived, worked and fought during its short life from launch in 1765 through the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 to decomissioning in 1831. The gun deck must have been horrific at the height of battle. The officer’s quarters and dining hall are in marked contrast relative palaces. Particularly moving is the place where Admiral Lord Nelson died.

Excellent guides told interesting tales of those times.
Written May 13, 2020
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK1,359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Well known as probably the most famous British Naval ship. Be aware if you are close to 6ft tall or over you’re going to be bent over for much of the tour! HMS Victory is well presented, the canons and other exhibits give an excellent depiction as to life onboard. An audio tour is available. Staff onboard are friendly and helpful. The ship has several decks and some have less headroom than others, mind your head! Just before you exit there is the obligatory gift shop. Overall a really historic place to visit.
Written March 7, 2020
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Louplouploup
Auckland Central, New Zealand127 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
I’ve visited HMS Victory twice before, as a child (when the Marie Rose was just raised and sitting outside under sprinklers) and as a teen. The area has changed somewhat in the last 30 years. I remember the Victory being more accessible from the street and the ‘compound’ that the ships are in is new I think. On arrival the lady at the ticket office was super friendly and helpful, time didn’t seem to be an issue she was just happy to help and make sure we were doing what we wanted to do, which after attractions in London was refreshing! We got the park and ride bus which stopped just outside the Historic Dockyard and was super easy. I was visiting with my two Kiwi sons aged 9 and 12, and my retired parents. I was most excited to show them HMS Victory because of my childhood experiences and memories but we got the Ultimate Explorer Ticket because it was cheaper as a family of 4 to do so. I think if I was faced with buying an individual ticket I would have gone straight for Victory over the others but actually the Warrior and Marie Rose were way more enjoyable. We made our way to HMS Victory, the ‘highlight’ as I remembered it. You can’t see anything of the outside of the ship which I understand is part of the restoration but you don’t get any real perspective of it and because it’s such a unique, iconic and beautiful ship it lost much of its personality. I remember being on the top deck and looking out and appreciating how incredible it must have been to be on this ship but that was all lost. The guides were least helpful and friendly of all the ships, with the exception of the one guy who engaged with my son with the prepping of the cannon. There’s an audio guide which was really boring, it was monotone most of the way through and no replacement of the old guides who used to show you through and tell you really colourful, exciting and interesting tales of the times. The rest was interesting but not the standout experience of my childhood and nothing in comparison to the other two ship experiences. This was slightly redeemed by the Victory Museum experience and videos. Overall though I feel like the Victory is being let down by the present. Overall, with access to Warrior and the Marie Rose, our experience was great, our ticket gives us additional access over a year but we are visiting from NZ so we miss that benefit, it would have been nice to gift that to family. The cafe was good (shed 7). The giftshops weren’t great at catering to children/tween sizes in their clothing souvenirs.
Written October 13, 2022
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cheekyposh
Peterborough, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We took a guided tour of the ship with Hilary...who was excellent and made the story of life on board and the death of Lord Nelson come alive. The account of how Nelson died while the battle raged on the decks above brought me to tears and is a special moment that I will cherish always. The other details of how the men ate meals, were punished and generally lived in cramped and dark conditions were fascinating. If you have an interest (even slight) in the history of our country and the characters who made it “Great” Britain, then this is a must do visit while you are in the dockyard.
Written February 12, 2020
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