Children and HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Visitor Centre, Victory Gate
HM Naval Base

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Opening Times

Open New Year
Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* 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.

Map & Directions

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Road Directions

Nearest major road is M27. Onto M275 and follow brown signs to Historic Dockyard.

Public Transport Directions

By coach, bus, rail and by ferry from Gosport or Fastcat from the Isle of Wight. Portsmouth Harbour station the Hard interchange are 200 metres from the main entrance.


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Friday, 1st December 2023 - Friday, 22nd December 2023

Christmas at Boathouse 4Christmas at Boathouse 4Join Boathouse 4 for their festive activities! There will be a range of Christmas activities on offer for all members of the family to get involved with.
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Friday, 8th December 2023 - Friday, 8th December 2023

Merry Vintage Christmas onboard HMS WarriorMerry Vintage Christmas onboard HMS WarriorDiscover something truly unique with our Merry Vintage Christmas party onboard HMS Warrior, located within Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard on Friday 8th December 2023, from 6:30pm.
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Saturday, 16th December 2023 - Saturday, 16th December 2023

Tuesday, 19th December 2023 - Wednesday, 20th December 2023

Christmas Candle Making at The Mary RoseChristmas Candle Making at The Mary RoseTake part in Christmas Candle Making with our Hands on History craft sessions. Create your very own Tudor inspired candle from beeswax, take it home and enjoy the cosy candlelight, and warming scent of honey.
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Saturday, 16th December 2023 - Tuesday, 2nd January 2024

Tudor Christmas Trail at The Mary RoseTudor Christmas Trail at The Mary RoseWhat is a yule log? Who is the Lord of Misrule? Who ate golden boars' heads and what on earth is wassailing? Uncover the many wonderfully festive, and sometimes peculiar traditions that the Tudors celebrated the festive season with in our Tudor Christmas Trail! ​​​​​​​This free trail is…
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Saturday, 3rd February 2024 - Saturday, 3rd February 2024

Paint and Explore Experience at The Mary Rose MuseumPaint and Explore Experience at The Mary Rose MuseumJoin us for a one-of-a-kind experience, which combines history and art at The Mary Rose Museum.
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Guide Prices

Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
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

Group Prices
Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
One Attraction Ticket - Advanced Group Adult £18.00 │ Advanced Group Child £14.00 │ Advanced Group Concession £17.00
Three Attraction Explorer Ticket - Advanced Group Adult £29.00 │ Advanced Group Child £21.00 │ Advanced Group Concession £28.00
Ultimate Explorer Ticket - Advanced Group Adult £33.00 │ Advanced Group Child £25.00 │ Advanced Group Concession £32.00

Ultimate Explorer Tickets allow for unlimited visits to all attractions, for a whole year, and include a Harbour Tour.

Single Attraction Tickets are also available, please see the website for details.



  • 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 - Pre-booking required
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year round - except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
  • 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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    Recent Reviews:

    • markd122
      Petersfield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Be warned - explorer ticket revisit queue!
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 11th November 2023
      Today I took the family back after having a fantastic time in the summer. Be warned - if you have an extra explorer ticket you still need to queue with everyone else who is trying to buy a... Read full review
    • Jojane48
      Cheshire, United Kingdom
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 13th November 2023
      Loved our visit here, we did it over 3 days, popping in and seeing a bit of it everyday, i loved the submarine museum and loved Mr Foxy asleep in the sun next to the submarine, the only things i... Read full review
    • roberthh743
      Derby, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      I must for all ages
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 14th November 2023
      This is the third time my wife and I , with friends ,have visited this dockyard,with the ultimate experience ticket . we had such an amazing day walking around some of the exhibits,starting with... Read full review


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