Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Visit the world famous historic ships at the home of the Royal Navy. Go aboard HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and see the Mary Rose Museum for the best day out in the South of England.

Portsmouth Harbour’s leading attraction also includes the Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations and Harbour Tours.

The Historic Dockyard is a great place to experience 800 years of naval history surrounded by working docks and historic buildings.

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The Mary Rose Museum

The exciting new £27 million Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to the public in May 2013. Located just metres from Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory and the ships of the modern Royal Navy, the new museum provides one of the most significant insights into Tudor life in the world and creates the new centrepiece to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Learn what life would have been like onboard a great ship like the Mary Rose. From the artefacts and historical documents, we can piece together what kind of life the sailors may have had. The Mary Rose offers us a unique glimpse into life in Tudor times. The Mary Rose dates from an extremely important time in English history, when the technology of guns, gunpowder and shipbuilding was changing. Thanks to the high standards of preservation of artefacts, we can learn a lot from her today.

Packed with fascinating artefacts and plenty to enjoy, the museum is a wonderful day out for all the family. With over 19,000 of the original artefacts on display, even if you've been before there's always something new to discover!

HMS Warrior

Take a trip back in time to the Victorian era by climbing on board HMS Warrior 1860 the only surviving member of Queen Victoria's Black Battle Fleet. Warrior launched in 1860, was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day and had a profound effect on naval architecture.

At her time of commissioning Warrior was the largest warship in the world. Restored and back at home in Portsmouth, Warrior now serves as a museum, monument & visitor attraction and is open year round for you to experience for yourself.

Action Staions

Action Stations is an interactive museum within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard that brings the modern royal navy to you the visitors. Housed in the magnificent Boathouse No.6, ACTION STATIONS offers a wide range of interactive displays.

It is home to one of Europe's biggest indoor climbing walls and is your opportunity to see what it's like to be a Royal Marine Commando in the 21st century. Whether you're a big kid or you want a fun day out for all the family Action Stations has something for all ages. From the 28ft climbing tower to the 3 minute motion simulator, from the interaction gallery to piloting your own Merlin helicopter, there really is something to keep everyone entertained!

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is one of the country's leading maritime museums. The only museum devoted to the ships of the Royal Navy and the men and women who served in them. See, touch, hear and even smell the history of the Royal Navy through a rich collection of artefacts and award-winning permanent exhibitions. The various different galleries give you chance to explore the Royal Navy in different eras.

National Museum of the Royal Navy is home to one of the largest collections of naval artefacts, focusing on the history of British ship and their crew. With such a large and vast collection NMRN is always expanding and creating new galleries, next year will see the introduction of HMS- Hear My Story a major exhibition set to open in 2014 telling the undiscovered stories from the men and women who have made the Royal Navy's history over the last century and impacted on all our lives.

HMS Victory

Victory is currently undergoing a period of restoration and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world and a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero. HMS Victory was a key part of the Battle of Trafalgar, a monumental moment in Naval History. So why not come and experience Naval History at its finest. By climbing aboard HMS Victory you step back in time to the Georgian period, seeing the great cabin where the battle of Trafalgar was planned. The once crowded decks where over 800 men lived worked and fought. You can even stand in the very spot where Nelson died. You're able to experience exactly what life was like during the great Battle of Trafalgar. Comparing how it would feel to live and work in such cramped and overcrowded conditions as the hundreds of seamen would have had to endure, to the luxury the Crew and Captains would have had. A trip to HMS Victory gives you a real insight into the day to day lives of the Georgian sailors and their world famous Captain.

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Visitor Information

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is less than 5 miles from Junction 12 of the M27. Follow the brown Historic Waterfront signs from the M275 into Portsmouth.

The Historic Dockyard opens at 10am everyday throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Web: www.historicdockyard.co.uk

Tel: 023 9283 9766

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