Planning your Visit

School children interacting with exhibitions in the galleries

There are 10 key things you need to know about when planning your visit:

1. We're here to help 

Our learning staff can help you plan your visit, so please get in touch if you need any help or advice. Call us on 023 92 727584.

2. We're flexible 

Where possible we will try to accommodate your needs so let us know if you have a specific request.

3. Booking with us

All visits must be booked in advance. To make a booking contact the Advanced Booking Team on 02392 839766 (option 3) or

4. Preliminary visits

We recommend that you make a FREE preliminary visit to the museum to help plan your day and complete your Risk Assessments. Guidelines are available by emailing but can only be used to support your Risk Assessment, not as an alternative to it. Please contact us in advance if you would like to meet a member of the learning team to discuss your visit. On the day of your Preliminary Visit bring identification from your school or your booking confirmation.

5. Our prices 

A minimum supervision ratio of 1:12 is required with a ratio of 1:8 adults going free of charge. A Discovery Visit is a teacher-led, self-guided visit to an attraction within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, charged per pupil.

Discovery visits

KS1 - 4

HMS Victory & The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth



HMS Warrior & The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth




HMS M33 & The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth



Action Stations & The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion: Museum of Naval Firepower


2 of the attractions listed above

3 of the attractions listed above

All National Museum of the Royal Navy Attractions


6. Cancellations

For workshop bookings, we require 21 working days notice of cancellation. Schools failing to give the required notice will be subject to charges.

7. Lunch facilities

An indoor eating area is available for groups with packed lunches. As space is limited booking is required. There are also other outdoor seating areas around the site.

8. Health and safety

The Museum has comprehensive codes of practice and policies covering health and safety, safeguarding, risk assessments and first aid. Copies are available at the time of booking.

9. How to find us

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is at the far end of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opposite HMS Victory.

A Drop-off/pick-up point on Queen Street and coach parking facilities provided by Portsmouth City Council can be arranged at the time of booking. Price £7.50.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
HM Naval Base (PP66)

Tel: 02392 839766

10. Getting to us

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is very well serviced by public transport networks which could provide a fun and cost effective way to come for a visit!

Portsmouth Harbour Train Station is just a couple of minutes walk and many train companies offer excellent group discounts so it is always worth looking at travelling by rail as an alternative to coaches.

There is also a bus station right next to the Dockyard as well as ferry terminals providing links to the Isle of Wight and Gosport.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands