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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the UK’s premier destination for naval history. It's a must-see for anyone visiting the South of England. A visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard takes you on a journey through time, allowing you to step on board world-famous ships.

Climb on-board majestic warships, 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 is valid for a whole year, allowing you to return again and again, giving you entry to all the historic ships, including Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s world famous flagship HMS Victory, and the world-renowned Mary Rose Museum.

Explore Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, and the only surviving ship from the First World War’s Gallipoli campaign, HMS M.33. Take the waterbus to Gosport and explore Cold War submarine HMS Alliance, where you will have the opportunity to look through her working periscopes. You'll see, hear and even smell how life was lived under the sea. Add in a Harbour Tour to cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and see the ships of the modern Royal Navy.

With multiple attractions to see all in one ticket, there’s something to suit the whole family.

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.

Boathouse 4: A great family attraction within the Historic Dockyard, offering hands-on children’s activities. There is the Forgotten Craft exhibition which pays tribute to the heroic small naval craft and crews of the past. You can also get a great birds-eye view of students practising traditional boatbuilding skills as part of the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth.

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).

The Dockyard Apprentice Exhibition: The story of Dockyard life during the early years of the 20th Century when the great Dreadnought battleships were being constructed.

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:
10am to 5:30pm April – October and 10am to 4.30pm November – March
Last entry 4pm (April – October) and 3pm (November – March)
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 of the 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£24.00 per ticket
Single Attraction - Child£19.00 per ticket
Single Attraction - Concession£23.00 per ticket
Three Attraction - Adult£34.00 per ticket
Three Attraction - Child£24.00 per ticket
Three Attraction - Concession£33.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Adult£39.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Child£29.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Concession£38.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Family (1+3)£95.00 per ticket
Ultimate Explorer - Family (2+3)£120.00 per ticket

Attraction Tickets include entry to your choice of 10 different attractions including the Mary Rose, but do not include a Harbour Tour, which can be purchased separately.
Ultimate Explorer Tickets allow for unlimited visits to all attractions, for a whole year, and include a Harbour Tour.



  • 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 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


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


  • 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
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Last admission 4.30pm

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