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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the UK’s premier destination for exploring 500 years of naval history and a must-see for anyone visiting the South of England. A visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard allows you to step on-board world-famous ships, explore heroic submarines and uncover some of the Navy’s best-kept secrets with first-hand accounts from the Royal Navy’s finest - past, and present.

An Ultimate Explorer ticket will grant you access to all nine of the Dockyard’s attractions and more for an entire year, including Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, and the internationally renowned Mary Rose Museum, home to the largest collection of Tudor artefacts in the world. Ultimate Explorer annual passes also include access to programmed events and new exhibits throughout the year.  

With nine attractions on one ticket, you can come back and again and again and see something new.

An Ultimate Explorer Ticket gives you entry to:

HMS Victory: A major reinterpretation of her visitor route through the ship enables visitors to follow in the footsteps of Nelson, her most famous Vice-Admiral. Now, see close-up the work that goes into maintaining a historic ship with Victory Live - a fascinating and ever-changing glimpse behind-the-scenes of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The Mary Rose: The Tudor relic stands in her own specially designed museum, to showcase the remains of the hull that lay at the bottom of the Solent for more than 400 years. Here you can also see a few of the 19,000 of Tudor artefacts, rescued alongside the ship.

HMS Warrior: One of the world’s first iron-hulled, armoured warships launched in 1860 and never fired a shot in anger, yet changed naval warfare forever.

HMS M.33: Discover the only surviving ship from the First World War’s Gallipoli campaign.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth: Home to Britain’s only museum dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Navy spanning several hundred years.

HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum: Discover a world beneath the sea by walking onboard HMS Alliance - it’s as if she is about to leave for sea. Take a peek through the working periscopes and see, hear and even smell how life was lived underwater.

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower: Take the waterbus over to the award-winning museum – home to a unique collection that includes torpedoes and modern missiles.

Harbour Tours: A sailor’s eye view of the Historic Dockyard, and the warships of the modern Royal Navy (subject to availability).

Also included in the ticket is the Waterbus – a boat ride from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower (subject to availability and offered on a first come, first served basis).

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opening hours:
April to October: 10am to 5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm.
November to March: 10am to 5pm, last entry 4pm.
The Dockyard is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

While you are on site, choose from a range of cafés, enjoy delicious hot lunches, quick tasty snacks, home-made treats or a refreshing glass of something sparkling!

The Ultimate Explorer Ticket does not include entry to special events.
Some attractions may run on timed entry at different periods of the year, and some may be closed at certain times during the winter.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Single Attraction - Adult£34.00 per ticket
Single Attraction - Child£24.00 per ticket
Single Attraction - Concession£33.00 per ticket
Three Attraction - Adult£44.00 per ticket
Three Attraction - Child£29.00 per ticket
Three Attraction - Concession£43.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Adult£49.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Child£34.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Concession£48.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Family (1+3)£110.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Family (2+3)£140.00 per ticket

Prices are for walk-up entry. Discounts may be available for tickets bought online in advance.
See the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website for group bookings and educational visits.
Ultimate Explorer Tickets allow for unlimited visits to all attractions, for a whole year, and include a Harbour Tour.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift - in some attractions
  • Disabled Parking - Dedicated spaces in car park
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Loop systems in some of the attractions - please call for details.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Most exhibits are hands-on. If pre-arranged, a guide can help.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Catering

  • Catering for groups
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Restaurant, coffee shop, cafe, various outlets up to 450 capacity.
  • Picnic Site
  • Undercover picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Beach/Coast 20 min walking distance
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Team / Corporate Activities
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta
  • Delta accepted
  • Euros
  • Euros accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Prebooking advisable.
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15 (to achieve group rates)
  • Special group rates - All inclusive tickets Adult: £17.20 Senior: £14.70 Child: £12.70
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals - site tours

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Map & Directions

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Type:Historic Ship

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ
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Tel023 9283 9766

Awards

  • Tourism South East Award -13/14 Gold Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 13/14 Gold Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2013

Opening Times

Open New Year
April - October (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
November - March (1 Nov 2024 - 31 Mar 2025)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Last admission one hour before closing time.

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