Due to COVID sickness within our teams we are sometimes required to close our attractions and sites at short notice.

Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid closures and to contact ticket holders ahead of visits we do ask you to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details of closures.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Pre-booking is advised, and visitors must wear masks for their safety and the safety of others, unless exempt. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.



HMS Victory

HMS Victory

HMS Victory

HMS Victory is now open.
Pre-booking is essential.

On 7th May 1765 HMS Victory was floated out of the Old Single Dock in Chatham's Royal Dockyard. 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.

Now located on Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. See her through Nelson's eyes as she was in her Georgian heyday. See where sailors and officers ate and slept, and fully feel the drama and impact of the day that changed history forever.





260+ History

The world's oldest commissioned warship


6 Battles

6 Battles

Over its 34 years of active service


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Victory carried a crew of 821 men


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Meals were limited and repetitive to last the months at sea  


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Discipline was essential to keep Victory running safely


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1920 - Date

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







Plan your visit

Plan Your Visit

Located on the Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory is open all year round from 10am every day. The Historic Dockyard is a great 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.

Learn everything you will need to know to plan your visit to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including details on accessibility, audio guides and parking.

 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate,                                       HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
 Normal Opening times: 10am – 5pm (Last Entry into VC 16.00, last entry differs on attractions some 4.15, some 4.30, some 4.45) during winter months (November to March)

April to October opening hours 7 days a week 10am-5.30pm (Last Entry into VC 16.30, last entry differs on attractions some 16.45, some 17.00, some 17.15)

The first pre-booked slot will be 10am and final time slot in winter months is 15.30, summer months 16.00

Opening hours are extended for the School Holidays. Therefore we will be additionally 9.30 pre-booked slots on the following dates: It’s not opening hours that are extended persay. There is a prebooked timeslot  - so can get into site but no attractions are open until 10am

April 9 - 24

May 28 – June 5

Pre-booking is advised but we do accept walk up visitors. Discounts are offered on pre-booked tickets.

M33 opens all year round 11.30-15.30

Details of HMS Victory Temporary Closure 28 – 31 March Here.





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.




Venue Hire

Venue Hire

Located in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory is available for hire, for all manner of events. There is a choice of 4 spaces available to hire from Nelson's Great Cabin to the Lower Gun deck, HMS Victory is an unforgetable venue for your special occasion.




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