We are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport and Yeovilton on Wednesday 2 December 2020. 
Unfortunately, due to government guidelines, Hartlepool will remain closed.
 HMS Caroline remains closed to the public.

Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.


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 by phd.learning@nmrn.org.uk.

4. Preliminary visits

We recommend that you make a preliminary visit to the museum to help plan your day and complete your risk assessments. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has produced risk assessment guidelines for teachers bringing pupils on education visits. It is the responsibility of group leaders to complete a full risk assessment prior to visiting and these guidelines do not replace your own assessment being undertaken. For schools with a confirmed booking Portsmouth Historic Dockyard provides complimentary tickets for up to three teachers to complete a pre-visit. At weekends and school holidays this can be one family ticket instead. Please bring your booking reference number to the Visitor Centre to collect your pre-visit tickets.

5. Our prices 

A minimum supervision ratio of 1:12 is required for student group visits.

For larger student groups additional free tickets for accompanying adults will be given on the following ratios:

  • For KS1 group visits, one adult entry per five students.
  • For KS2+ group visits, one adult entry per eight students.

A Discovery Visit is defined as a teacher-led, self-guided visit to an attraction within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, charged per pupil.

Discovery visits
KS1 - 5

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 & The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth


Horrible Histories Pirate: The Exhibition & The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth £4.50

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! The Hard Interchange is just a couple of minutes walk from our entrance with train, bus, coach and Gosport and Isle of Wight ferry links.

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