The world’s oldest commissioned warship, HMS Victory, still has a full-time Royal Navy crew today. She is now the flagship of the Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief Naval Home Command and lies in No 2 Dry Dock at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth, England. But as you walk between her historic decks, and see the hammocks slung between the cannons, and tables set for a meal of maggot-ridden bread, visitors will sense the men who sailed and died with Nelson. And that they’ll be back at any moment…
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opens from 10am to 6pm (10am to 5:30pm November - March) throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. From April - October: Last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.30pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 6pm. From November - March: Last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 5.30pm.
A Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site ticket is valid for one year with unlimited entry to all of the attractions on site. These include: the New Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tour. Gate prices: Adult: £28.00 Senior: £26.00 Student: £24.25 Child: £21.00 (Children under 5 are free.) Family: £78.40 (up to 5 members of the same family, maximum 2 adults/seniors). Online prices (Offer cannot be combined with other offers or applied for retrospectively. Offers are only redeemable online only and applies to All Attraction tickets only): Adult: £21.00 Senior: £19.50 Student: £19.50 Child: £15.75 Family: £58.80 Gift Aid your ticket for us to claim back the tax. For further information on visiting please telephone 02392 839 766 or visit www.historicdockyard.co.uk. HMS Victory runs on guided tours between October and March. Please make sure you go into the Visitor Centre on arrival to book on to a tour.
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Facilities and services
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
- Wheelchairs available for loan
- Buggy parking facilities
- Baby changing facilities
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Picnic area
ACCESSIBILITY: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes all visitors. The site is, however, a working Naval Base and certain areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, with a restricted mobility or who are visually impaired. As a safety precaution, we ask that all these visitors are accompanied by a carer. Toilets for disabled visitors can be found in the Historic Dockyard Coach and Car Park, Boathouse No.7, Victory Arena and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Wheelchairs are available free of charge from the Visitor Centre, Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860 and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Please call 02392 839766 for further information. The HMS Victory tour involves climbing several flights of fairly steep ladders. A video tour is provided on the Lower Gundeck for visitors who use wheelchairs or those who are unable to walk around the ship. Please ask at the Visitor Centre for the video tour. To reach the ship, follow the Special Access Route to the Victory Arena then proceed around the FRONT of the ship (keeping the ship on your left). Please ask a member of staff at the bottom of the gangway who will be able to provide assistance up the ramp if required. EDUCATION: A visit to HMS VICTORY and the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY includes a 40 minute guided tour of the ship conducted by professional guides, followed by a visit to the Tafalgar Experience and the extensive galleries of the museum. For planning purposes allow at least two hours for your tour and museum visit (Self-guided tours will operate in peak periods. Please contact 02392 839766 for further details). During the guided tour your group will be able to find out about Admiral Lord Nelson, the Battle of Trafalgar, gun drills, life on board the ship, food and discipline and the social conditions of the Georgian Navy. There are regular lecture events, activity days and a special programme for Key Stage 1 children, titled 'Sailor's Home'. This programme encourages children to interact with HMS VICTORY, and through the handling of replica objects, find out about some of the people who lived and worked onboard the ship and of Nelson as a significant individual.
- Braille information and/or interpretation
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- Guided tours
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Touch exhibits
- Events and resources for children and families
- Activities for pre-school children
- Secondary school education service available
- Early years education service available
- Primary school education service available
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