Historic Dockyard


The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth is a fantastic collection of museums and historic ships, situated within a working Naval Base, that showcases some of the best of Britain's restored naval ships from the past. Walk aboard the HMS Victory, Nelson's 18th century flagship on board which he was killed during battle, and the immaculate 19th century HMS Warrior, the world's first iron-hulled warship, powered by both steam and sail, which was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet.

The newly opened Mary Rose Museum is a fantastic exploration of what happened to Henry VIII's Tudor warship, with the museum arranged as on different floors of the ship, overlooking the wreck, to show what life was like on board. Learn about the processes being undertaken to preserve the shipwreck and see hundred of exhibits that were brought up from the wreck and have been preserved, including various personal objects from the sailors.

With the Museum of the Royal Navy, boat tours around the harbour, and the interactive Action Stations where you can find out through games and activities what it would be like to train for the Royal Navy, there is much to keep everyone entertained all day!


Places to visit nearby

Portsmouth is an historic port on the south coast of England, that has been home to the British Royal Navy for more than 800 years.

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Nearby attractions

One of Portsmouth's most instantly recognisable sights, the Spinnaker Tower is a stunning 170m high structure, with a sail-like design, that stands by the quayside.

The City Museum explores Portsmouth's rich and diverse history through a wide variety of excellent collections.

Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium overlooks the Solent and immerses visitors in the beauty of the natural world that exists in our seas.