Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Royal Navy Submarine Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • Ibrahim G
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You get to go inside a sub (on land)
    This was the first stop on the second day at the Historic Dockyard with my autistic son. We went over on the waterbus to Gosport, which is included in the Ultimate explorer ticket. It was interesting to see the history behind subs in general and a treat to go into one. When you do go inside there are members of staff that have knowledge to share about life in the subs and the delights of emptying the poo tanks. There was quite a bit to see and various interactive bits that my son could engage with.
    Ibrahim G, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Submarine Museum. We're glad to hear we delivered such a great experience. If there's anything further we can do for you, we are happy to help! We hope to see you again soon. ^SF
    Written July 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Mark D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and so much history to take in. A must-see.
    A personal visit for me as my uncle served on HMS Alliance and was proud of his service. Well worth a visit to learn about the history of submarines and see so much. It's somewhere you really can't take in fully in one visit, so i must go back again soon. Loved the tour of HMS Alliance, and seeing where my uncle said he used to sleep (Forward torpedo bay). Really helped connect with my family history. This visit was long overdue. Thank you.
    Hello Mark D, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again in the near future. Take care! ^SF
    Written August 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • hendrix2015
    Greater Johannesburg, South Africa754 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum
    What a great day out. The museum is immaculate and full of fantastic things to see, including a walk through a post WW11 submarine. There are many interactive exhibits and there is even a Polaris missile in the museum. Highly recommended
    Hendrix2015, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you again for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day! ^NH
    Written August 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • charles h
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tonights evenigshowing of the Film Above us the Waves.
    Today is the 80th anniversary of Operation Source, involving RN midget submarines. It is a well-produced 1950s film. There were also tours of the relevant artifacts, including midget submarine X 24 on display some 20 feet from our seats, and HMS Alliance just outside on the jetty. Very atmospheric. Our two guides were very knowledgeable and all the staff were Cheerful, keen and helpful. A very pleasant evening.
    Hi X894tacharlesh, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Submarine Museum! Thank you, and have a fantastic day! ^NH
    Written September 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Mathew T
    Hereford, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome submarine museum
    Awesome museum for everything to do with submarines. It was great to walk through an old diesel sub, plus they have an X-sub and a bit about HMS Dolphin. Staff friendly and helpful. It took about 2 hrs to get round everything, but if you stop to watch all the videos and have a coffee it will take a bit longer. Great visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Joe Askew
    Reading, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real life Submarine!!!
    What a great time! What more could a guy want on his 57th birthday! A great history of submariner life and the development of an awesome weapon of war. Some amazing displays and some personal items on show bringing into focus the not so glamorous areas of navel warfare. Once that is finished the best bit was to come, the tour around a real submarine!! The best way to experience this would be to go and investigate yourself as words would be difficult to try and explain and would not do it justice. There have on station veterans who walk you through anything you want to ask, my thanks for their service, BTW. Probably best to leave the kids at home, unless they have a genuine interest, as they could get board very quickly but they would enjoy it non the less, especially going into the sub itself. Well worth the visit and the time and a thank you to the partner for organising - hit that nail squarely on the head for me!
    Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're happy we could meet your expectations! We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^NH
    Written November 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Luciano242
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom492 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great exhibit!
    We really enjoy visiting the submarine museum today. Great display of information about the Royal Navy Submarines. My son enjoyed all the interactive stuff there too. I really liked very much all the information about HMS Conqueror specially during the Falkland War. Also the HMS Holland 1 was very impressive.
    Hello! We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us! Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day! ^NH
    Written November 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Andy C
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant, great staff - get the free tour!
    We visited this as part of our ultimate ticket. 3 boys, 10, 8, 4 and a newborn in a sling. Definately worth getting the guided tour as tells you so much more. We had Mark guide us around and very engaging with the adults and kids and really made the experience. Great insight into what submariners experience and have to go through and need to allow about 2hrs to cover the museum exits as well.
    Hello! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^NH
    Written November 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
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Twotoneskaman
Chatham, UK2,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We had purchased an “Ultimate Explorer Ticket” which included the Submarine Museum. Upon arrival it was great to find that parking was free (a rare commodity in portsmouth!). As we made our way to the entrance we noticed a member of staff (later we realised that he was a guide) picking up odd bits of litter on his way into work which we thought showed the care and passion of the people who run this place.

When we booked our tickets online we had a problem in that we did not receive an email with our “returner I.D.” and after phoning customer services (and holding for over an hour) we were left exasperated as the person on the phone was useless and told us that there was no way we could be sent this again by email as there was a glitch in the system! However when we checked in we gave our details and were told that it would not be a problem and we would receive our returner I.D by email later that day which we duly did.

All of the staff that we spoke to were friendly, polite and helpful. The whole site was very clean and the toilets were spotless. There was lots to see although for us HMS Alliance stole the show. We had a very enjoyable visit.
Written September 27, 2021
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Graham C
United Kingdom126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We visited using the (excellent value) Ultimate Explorer ticket that gives access to all the attractions in the historic dockyard at Portsmouth, plus this museum across the harbour in Gosport, which is reached by a free water bus from the dockyard. The main attraction is HMS Alliance, which was in service from 1947 until the 1970s, and visitors have the chance to walk through its whole length. There is an adjoining exhibition hall containing a midget submarine, plus a separate hall containing Holland I, the Royal Navy's first-ever submarine, which has miraculously survived. Nobody can look at a submarine without trying to imagine whether they could stomach being on board for long periods, and this excellent museum lets you get a taste without the stress of going to sea!
Written October 1, 2021
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TrevB56
Camberley, UK961 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
thoroughly enjoyable visit. HMS Holland 1 - the first Royal Navy submarine was very impressive if not scary. Seemed very thin hull with not a lot of room inside for the crew - very brave crew. The walk through HMS Alliance was also good but you did feel pressured to keep moving through as the people behind you caught you up. Amazing how the space was fully utilised with pipes and equipment layered on the walls. Loved the story book of the midget submarine in the shop area - clever to use graphical comic style to tell the story.
Written August 11, 2021
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nedkelly18
Somerst, England31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Chose a day ticket as we were travelling only for the day from some distance away. Booked online and the link from the submarine page took me to the tickets and booked from there. Only gave me the option to book a slot for the dockyard, and it wasn’t until later that I saw that you have to scroll right the way down to the bottom of the page to book tickets and a slot for the gosport sites. Anyway called the day before leaving and was told to turn up at the dockyard for the time slot.

The submarine itself was impressive, well preserved and the museum was interesting. However we spent most of the day queuing, queue to get into the site. queue for the water bus, queue to get on the sub, queue for the coffee hut, queue for the water bus for the second time! That was a shame as we spent nearly two hours in queues for an attraction that took an hour to see. We felt rushed on the submarine as people behind us wanted to move on through. Because we only had a day ticket that was our visit- one queue session, we sadly didn’t see anything else. We were told we could go to the explosion museum with our ticket, either a 40 min walk away or you guessed it, another wait for the water bus and back and to be honest we couldn’t face it so went to the shopping mall instead! The day ticket is not worth the money in my opinion and you would be best buying an explorer ticket, in hindsight I wish we had, but as a single parent I was conscious of the price of that as I had already spent out over £60 for the 3 tickets.

On a positive note, the staff were friendly (and apologetic for the waits). The coffee in the hut was good, and there were plenty of facilities such as loos dotted around.
Written October 29, 2021
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James
Weston super Mare, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We did as part of a visit to the wider historic docks in Portsmouth. A river taxi took us across the harbour and operated every half hour.
Very interesting museum and the walk through of hms alliance underlines the claustrophobic conditions of life in a submarine. Well worth a visit.
Written March 19, 2020
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maria
Southampton, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The Submarine Museum is amazing. I took my 8 year old son and he enjoyed everything. The museum is very interesting with lots of displays, the interactive displays were a favourite but it was HMS Alliance that wowed us. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Lots to see and do here. Staff are great, friendly and there is free parking. We will definitely visit again.
Written February 22, 2020
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David G
Lewes, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Interesting museum with the main attraction of a post war submarine. Amazing to walk through. Probably better during Covid as there were fewer people and you could take your time. We went as a family with two teenagers and they stayed interested and engaged. The hands-on demo things are also well done.

The submarine would benefit from an audio description like the one the museum has on HMS Nelson across the harbour. It also needs better signs on the way through own.

A good and enjoyable visit for a couple of hours.
Written October 30, 2020
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Peter Z
London, UK972 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We revisited the Historic Dockyard specifically to see this museum as it was shut when we visited earlier this year.
We were left a little disappointed as the main submarine that you can actually walk through, only had one guide at the entrance where the forward torpedo are. Without any doubt the experience of walking through the submarine gave a taste of what life was like for the people that could spend days under the waves. The rooms that were made up were very atmospheric, but they lacked any explanation about who would be they, what that did etc.
In the visitor's centre the X-submarine was well done, with very informative information boards. The same could be said for the submarine museum, it was worth spending the time reading the history of this Naval branch.
The separate museum with the Navy's first submarine brought a real historic perspective to this branch of naval warfare.
Around the site were static displays of propellors and torpedoes - all gave a good perspective on submarine warfare.
Overall, a worthwhile visit, but the main attraction could give a visitor so much more
Written October 11, 2022
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WorcsLarry
Stourport on Severn, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We went on the guided tour of HMS Alliance and was lucky as our tour guide was one of the original crew he was enthusiastic and made our tour informative.

My wife is claustrophobic and managed to walk through the submarine without having to run out because everyone gave her a lot of space. Thank you

I take my hat off to these submariners as I could not have done what they did.

All in all we had a great visit
Written February 17, 2020
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User1029384756
Coventry, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The HMS Alliance tour is the obvious highlight of the museum and is a fascinating and unique experience with highly knowledgeable guides available to answer questions. The attached museum was interesting and varied and I enjoyed seeing the midget submarine in there, and Holland 1 (the UK's first commissioned submarine) in its own separate building. Well worth a visit.
Written February 11, 2022
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