Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
4.5
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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  • Lucy G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful staff at the historic dockyard
    I went with my elderly father and he is in a wheel chair and although it’s not all accessible (understandably) the staff were so helpful. Especially one lad on the hms victory. His name was Cayden, really nice guy and totally knew his stuff!
    Lucygh6174ql, we're happy you found our staff to be so supportive during your experience here at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope to see you again soon! ^RH
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • kirstyand0liver
    Breaston, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    This is such a vast selection of major historical ships and naval history that we couldn’t fit it all into one day. We took our 7year old with us and he absolutely loved it. We will definitely have to return to finish off what we did not have time to see. We arrived around 10.30 and parked in the docks car park. Plenty of parking and I’m a multi storey, a small walk to the docks but not cheap it cost us £9 to park. The process to get in was easy and only a small queue. We visited the Warrior, Victory and Mary Rose all very interesting and such impressive parts of history to see. We enjoyed the cannon talk and demonstration on the Warrior ship. We found the staff the most interactive and full of interesting facts and stories on the Warrior ship. There are plenty of places to grab a coffee and cake and a picnic bench. As expected the costs are high in the food venues and gift shops. We got chance to visit the restoration boat house number 4, our son enjoyed the interactive parts on the upper level. We never managed the museums or the submarine as we had run out of steam at 4pm. What we did get to see was the arrival and dock of the Prince of wales air craft carrier which was docked next to the Queen Elizabeth air craft carrier. Which was a great sight to see coming into Portsmouth and to be next to each other. I certainly think it’s a great place to visit especially for families of different ages.
    Kirstyand0liver, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your visit. We are so glad that you had such a great time exploring and thank you for your kind words about our staff. We do hope to see you again soon! ^RH
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • kathp320
    Frome, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    Highly recommend. We purchased the Ultimate Explorer ticket so we could visit on both Saturday and Sunday (and come back again during the year) There is so much to see and do we couldn’t fit it all in. Nothing felt too crowded with visitors, the staff were helpful. We particularly enjoyed the Mary Rose and the harbour tour. The ferry boat across to the submarine museum was quick. We can’t wait to visit again
    Hi Kathp320, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We're happy we could meet your expectations! Thank you again for leaving us this response! We hope to see you again soon! ^SF
    Written 9 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Lindy681
    Pool, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Returned for a second time to see all the bits we missed first time as the ticket was valid for a year . It's such a great day out everything well organised,loads to do for all ages. So interesting and informative, would highly recommend.
    Linda D, we're glad you had such a wonderful experience with us! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We are so pleased you chose to continue exploring with us. Thank you for the recommendation, have a fantastic day! ^RH
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Hatti M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great outing for all weather's
    This trip was the hilight of our trip! There are so many stories. When you go into a ship, you can feel the history just radiating from every part or in the Mary Rose's case every exhibit! Would recommend 👌 BTW check out the 4d it is brilliant
    Hattim2023, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience! Thanks again for the recommendation, and we hope to see you again soon. ^SF
    Written 17 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Warren O'Donoghue
    Cheshire, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aircraft Carriers galore 😎
    Sunny boat trip around the navy dockyard admiring all the ships and aircraft carriers. We arrived by bus and train from Hayling Island. Within 20 minutes we were sailing around the Royal Navy dockyard on the Alicat catamaran in glorious sunshine.
    Hi, thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! ^NH
    Written 27 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Gill Murphy
    Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    Superb! We spent a whole day here. So much to see. I would recommend buying the ticket that allows you onto everything, you won’t want to miss anything. Plenty of cafes and restaurants. Next time I am in Portsmouth I will definitely return.
    Gillmurphy, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We are so glad you found there was so much to explore. We hope to see you again soon! ^RH
    Written 27 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • XStark1ll3rX
    Nottingham, United Kingdom698 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting afternoon
    this place is just teaming with history. So many iconic war ships you can explore and lots of exibits to view. We saw 3 while having our visit. HMS Victory, Mary Rose & HMS Warrior. Victory & warrior are of simular designs and make ups. Was great to explore the 4 decks and see what life on board would of been like. However for victory, do mind you head as the ceilings are VERY low. People were shorted back then i guess. The highlight was by far the mary rose. Such a historic ship which hosted henry 8th himself! Seeing the remains of the ship and the thousand of artifacts was incredible. The 4D cinema was a bit naff but that was small part of the experience. Overall, a great afternoon out.
    Hi Xstark1ll3rx, thank you for sharing your positive experience! We hope to be of service to you again in the future! ^NH
    Written 10 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Bronte25
    Essex, United Kingdom98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Water, water everywhere
    We had visited the Naval Dockyard some years ago and was looking forward to seeing what had changed and also taking our teenage son for the first time. We were not disappointed despite the downpours that day we had a wonderful time. We started off In boat house number 4 and met a very interesting volunteer who explained about the boats there and the history of the Dockyard. We went on the harbour tour which was interesting then had to make a run for it soaked through by the torrential rain to boat house no 7 for a warm meal and to dry out. We then visited the Nelson exhibit, and the First World War ship HMS M33, both very interesting. I have always been fascinated by Tudor history so a return to the Mary Rose was a must see on my list. It was extremely interesting but because we had a lot to fit into one day we could not see the whole exhibition that day. We just about made it onto the water taxi to the submarine exhibit but again didn’t get to see everything in time before getting the last water taxi back to the dockyard. The Victory is undergoing renovation but there is still an exhibit that you can visit, again we didn’t have time to visit it. We bought the Ultimate explorer ticket which means that we can return for a second visit within a year, I’m glad we did as we hope to return to see the exhibits that we missed and to spend more time at the ones that we had to cut short. We had a great day there all the people who work and volunteer there are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.
    Hi Bronte25, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 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 22 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 September 2023
  • kathy
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience everyone should go on.
    We visited the Mary Rose in June 2023 and had to re visit again in September 2023. An amazing site to behold. How they managed to raise this vessel and find all the artefacts is a miracle. The time consuming task must have been so thrilling for everyone. The Victory was also a wonderful ship to see how they lived and died.
    Hi Stayathome14, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! Thank you, and have a fantastic day! ^NH
    Written 27 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
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Russ Lerrs
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 March 2020
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ianatcambridge
St Ives, UK531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 3 February 2020
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Sennockian55
Sevenoaks, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 February 2020
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK1,359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 7 March 2020
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK2,750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 February 2020
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Lee D
207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 July 2021
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James F
Droitwich, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 26 October 2020
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Chatterbox
Bristol, UK288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 June 2021
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bunnyofdarkness
Glasgow, UK537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
An excellent place to visit, we planned an entire holiday around this dockyard and do not regret it. Well worth a visit and containing many interesting and historic Royal Navy vessels. Also a museum and boat trips included in the ticket price. You can buy tickets to individual exhibits/vessels but we would recommend the all inclusive ticket (cheaper to buy in advance online), it may seem but there is a lot to see for the money!
Written 9 May 2020
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cgregs
Merseyside, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We came to Portsmouth specifically to visit the dockyards and we weren’t disappointed. Booking tickets and a time slot online was very easy. Short queue to get in but as numbers were limited it all felt very spacious and relaxed (very important at the moment). Our ticket covered 3 exhibitions and visited the Mary Rose exhibition - this was brilliant, very atmospheric with interesting displays (spent 2 hours here). HMS Victory, again, very interesting (took one of the audio interactive guides which gave good explanations at points around the ship. We also went to the Naval Museum (historic and modern). This is a great site - give yourself a good 3-4 hours for a visit. There are currently good measures in place with social distancing (almost everyone was respectful of this), dozens of hand sanitising stations and face coverings have to be worn). At the moment this is all unavoidable but don’t let it spoil your experience. The staff are great, helpful and very friendly and polite. 10 out of 10 all round.
Written 7 September 2020
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