Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

4.7
Must see · Military Museum · Specialty Museum
Experience 800 years of naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is surrounded by working docks and several historic buildings. At this location there’s plenty to keep everyone in the family entertained, with regular special events, educational activities, talks, and exhibits. Go aboard historic HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and HMS M33. You can also visit the raised wreck of a sailing ship from the time of the Tudors, accessible from the Mary Rose Museum building. Stop by the site’s informative Action Stations center, containing interactive demonstrations of various aspects of naval science. With the number of simultaneous visitors to each exhibit limited, it’s best to book your tickets online to skip long lines and avoid disappointment. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Portsmouth holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We purchased ultimate explorer tickets and so pleased we did. You have to give a timed entry when you book but there's a half hour grace either side of that time. We visited when it was quiet but...  more »
  • Considering we bought a year pass for the dockyards, this was our second trip. We thought the tour guides Tony and Simon on the Victory ship were amazing. Very approachable and knowledgeable. They...  more »
  • Purchased the ultimate explorer ticket and had a fantastic informative time. The Mary Rose exhibition is worth the money alone. Knowledgable staff at every corner willing to answer any questions...  more »
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  • There are so many cool things to check out within the dockyards. The Mary Rose and Royal Navy museums were both awesome and informative. The HMS Victory was a great ship to tour. I wish that I got to go aboard the HMS Warrior. I will definitely see it if I am in the area. This is a great place to bring kids. It also provides a view of any modern ships that happen to be in the dockyards.
  • The National Museum of the Royal Navy, which is part of the Historic Dockyard, is one of the most fascinating and extensive historical places I've visited. Everything is well laid out, the artifacts and displays are brilliant, and the amount of boots-on-the-ground history is incredible. Of course, H.M.S. Victory, and H.M.S. Warrior are highlights and a terrific experience. Plan on spending at least two days in order to see and explore everything. I could have stayed longer. Hop on over to the Submarine Museum with a free water taxi included in your ticket....which itself is valid for a year.
  • This is an amazing place ! It really allows your imagination to take you back in time and really see what a difficult life it would have been on these ships. To be able to walk where admiral Nelson has walked is just amazing. And to see and feel all the different artifacts in great, my children really enjoyed the interactive displays.If you like history I would highly recommend visiting this place
  • I spent the day there on Saturday with my wife, 2 kids (7 and 10) and father in-law. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not often that a place can cater so well for young and old. We pre-booked our tickets online and arrived at 10h00. There was a short queue to get in which moved quickly. We parked at the undercover parking in easy walking distance. Of the 11 attractions, we visited the HMS Victory, Action arena (kids climbing wall etc) and the submarine museum. All of them were enjoyable and informative. I was surprised that the kids did not get bored... they really enjoyed seeing the old vessels and learning about the history. History really comes to life when you're in the vessel. Looking forward to going back to see the others. Staff were polite and knowledgeable as were the volunteers. All in all, highly recommended.
  • Wonderful day out. So much to do for all ages. The ticket price includes entry for the whole year, so if you are local it is well worth the price as you can return as many times as you wish. I really recommend the harbour tour on the boats, and 'action stations' for the kids. Look online for tickets beforehand as discounts can be found and be prepared for bag search on the way in.

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