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 are 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 are flexible

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

3. Booking

All visits must be booked in advance. To make a booking contact the Learning Department on 02392 727584 or Alternatively, call Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Sales on 02392 839766.

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. Prices

Remember that Discovery Visits to the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s galleries are FREE but costs do vary if you also wish to visit HMS Victory or any of the other attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Discovery visits

KS1 - 4

National  Museum of the Royal Navy


HMS Victory, Action Stations, HMS Warrior , Mary Rose Museum







National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Victory and HMS M.33



Workshops/Special Events

Please see individual entries for prices

Accompanying adults

For health and safety and supervision we require:  KS1 - 1 free adult for every 5 pupils, KS2- 1 free adult per 10 pupils, KS3-1 free adult per 15 pupils

Please visit for full details relating to the other attractions.

6. Cancellations

Please note we require 21 full 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 is also a covered picnic area next to HMS Victory and 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 at The Hard 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 and HMS Victory
HM Naval Base (PP66)

Tel: 02392 727562

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