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 Warrior

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior is now open
Pre-booking your visit is essential.

Climb onboard Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship.

Launched in 1860, at a time of empire when Britain’s dominance in trade and industry was undisputed. Powered by steam and sail, Warrior was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day having a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and the shifts in Victorian society.

Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated.

Painstakingly restored in Hartlepool and back home in Portsmouth since 1987, Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Black Battlefleet and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more.

Open all year round, the Captain and crew invite you to come onboard and explore this mighty Victorian battleship for yourself. The Ship’s company are also on hand to answer any questions you may have




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The fastest and most powerful warship in centuries


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36 Guns

The first warship to use  percussion fuse shells

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Zero Battles

HMS Warrior kept the peace by deterring potential enemies


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Manpower was essential for the guns, the sails, capstans, ropes and the engine


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160 Years

HMS Warrior is the last of the 45 iron-hulled ships built between1861 and 77


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90k Sea Miles

Patroled British coastal waters and made voyages to Lisbon and Gibraltar







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 (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





The National Museum of the Royal Navy is committed to preserving the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet, HMS Warrior. 

As Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship, HMS Warrior represents the innovation and might of the Royal Navy. 





Venue Hire

Venue Hire

Moored at the entrance to Portsmouth’s historic harbour, the Victorian splendour of HMS Warrior 1860 serves as a unique and memorable venue for all manner of private celebration. From the grand surroundings of the Captain’s cabin to the truly unforgettable setting of the gun-deck, HMS Warrior 1860 has spaces to suit a range of occasions and styles.




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