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HMS Victory

All Aboard!

HMS Victory

On 7th May 1765 HMS Victory was floated out of the Old Single Dock in Chatham's Royal Dockyard. In the years to come, over an unusually long service, she would gain renown leading fleets in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War.

In 1805 she achieved lasting fame as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Nelson in Britain's greatest naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar.



Key Facts

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260+ years

The world's oldest commissioned warship


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104 guns

Carried at the Battle of Trafalgar


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6 Battles

Over its 34 years of active service


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A Hospital Ship

1798-99 saw Victory used as a hospital ship for prisoners of war 


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The Great Refit

In 1800 Victory got a new paint job, figurehead, masts and more guns


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1920 - Date

On display in a dry dock in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard










Plan your visit

Plan Your Visit

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is open all year round from 10am every day. The Historic Dockyard is a place to bring the family, celebrate birthdays and special occasions. You can also enjoy weekends, holidays and days off, having quality time out in good company.

Plan your upcoming visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with our handy guide, which contains everything you will need to know, before you arrive and while you’re here.

 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate,                                       HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
 Opening times: 10am – 5pm





The National Museum of the Royal Navy is committed to preserving Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. The vessel is currently undergoing the biggest restoration programme in her history following guidelines set out in the National Historic Ships UK (NHSUK) Publication ‘Conserving Historic Vessels’.

Current efforts focus on the development of a new support system and preventing water damage. All of these measures are of critical importance and are very time and resource intensive.




Virtual Tour

Discover Our Virtual Museum

Dive into the museum from the comfort of your home with a virtual self-guided tour of the Museum's collections.

Step aboard Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship or join our curators as they explore artefacts through out the history of the Royal Navy. 






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