Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Hampshire, PO1 3LJ
Home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy and world-famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers several major attractions.
Visitors can engage with their history and come face to face with the fascinating artefacts, ships, stories and people that helped shape our nation’s history. National Art Pass holders get 50% discount on an all attraction ticket, including:
- The Mary Rose: The museum is built around the famous Tudor warship which was raised from the seabed in 1982. Reuniting the ship with its contents and crew, the museum contains the most comprehensive collection of Tudor artefacts in the world, with treasures including musical instruments, wooden eating bowls and two-tonne guns. Visitors enter a controlled environment to experience a unique journey through the ship and Tudor life. Following a major redevelopment project the museum reopened in July 2016, providing panoramic views of the ship from all nine galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main decks.
- National Museum of the Royal Navy: One of the world’s leading maritime museums, its boasts award-winning permanent collections and an exhibition, 36 hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War.
- HMS Victory: The world’s oldest commissioned warship, it now houses displays illuminating the story of its most famous admiral, Admiral Nelson.
- HMS Warrior 1860: The world’s first iron-hulled warship, the Warrior never fired a shot in anger yet changed naval history forever.
- HMS M 33: The only surviving ship from the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign.
- Action Stations: An assault course combining elements of Parkour, rock climbing and rope courses.
- Boathouse 4: A family-friendly attraction featuring hands-on activities such as a mast and rigging experience.
- Harbour tours: Portsmouth is the home of the modern Royal Navy, and these tours offer unrivalled views of Britain’s modern frigates, destroyers and helicopter carriers.
- Waterbus: A complimentary boat ride from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum.
and the following off-site attractions:
- HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum: Visitors can use working periscopes to see how life is lived under the sea (Gosport).
- Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower (Gosport): The award-winning museum is home to a unique collection that includes torpedoes, modern missiles and even a nuclear bomb.
- The Royal Marines Museum (Eastney): The museum tells the 350 year story of the Royal Marines – the Royal Navy’s amphibious elite fighting force. Public galleries close on 1 April 2017.