The National Museum of the Royal Navy museums and attractions in Portsmouth, Gosport, Hartlepool and Yeovilton will re-open w/c 17 May - please check each museum for their opening days/times.

HMS Caroline remain temporarily closed.

Pre-booking is essential at all attractions. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.


National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will re-open Monday, 17 May 2021.
Timeslots will be released from Wednesday, 5 May 2021. Pre-booking your visit is essential.


The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, located on Portsmouths Historic Dockyard, brings history to life. It showcases treasures from the past 350 years and examines the common threads which link the sailor of England’s ‘Wooden Walls’ to the professional crews of today.

The Royal Navy has helped to shape the world. It made Britain a dominant sea power, protected its trade in troubled times and defended Britain from invasion or carried the attack overseas. The Royal Navy has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide, affected servicemen and women and the families of those who built, serviced and supplied its ships and influenced the lives of communities overseas.



Access to the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard opens daily from 10.00 - 17.00 (last entry 15.30). All attractions will close at 17.00.

Due to social distancing we will be limiting the number of people we allow on to site. Pre-booking for new AND returning visitors is essential.


  • Horrible Histories Pirates Exhibition
  • Action Stations
  • Waterbus Service
  • Laser Quest

Harbour Tours will run a reduced service upon re-opening and is included within the Ultimate Explorer ticket only - check on arrival the tour times.



Our Attractions


HMS Victory

HMS Victory is best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, where Vice-Admiral Nelson secured victory against the French and Spanish. Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum.


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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.


HMS M.33


HMS M.33 is one of the last surviving Royal Navy ships from the First World War . Launched in 1915, she is the sole remaining British veteran of the Gallipoli campaign. She was opened to the public in May 2015. The museum provides an immersive retelling of the battle bringing to live the stories of the men who served on board.  



The Royal Marines Museum

First created over 350 years ago at the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, the Royal Marines have assumed many roles many of which are represented by various objects in the museum’s collections. The Museum’s aim is to share these stories to larger and more diverse audiences.





You can still buy tickets even while we are closed - you have 12 months to redeem your ticket and you will be able to book a timeslot using your Returner ID once timeslots become available

To visit The National Museum of the Royal Navy, you will be buying a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and you will be directed to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ticketing page.

See, hear and experience the story of the Royal Navy at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth. 




How to Find Us

Located within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, a five-minute walk (approximately 130 metres) from the Visitor centre.

The entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is through Victory Gate at the corner of Queen Street and the Hard.


Getting to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The Historic Dockyard is less than 5 miles from Junction 12 of the M27.  Follow the brown Historic Waterfront signs from the M275 into Portsmouth.

The postcode for satellite navigation devices is PO1 3LA.

Car Parking
The Historic Dockyard Car Park has 17 disabled parking spaces and 278 parking spaces.  

The entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is located approximately 100 metres from the Car Park.

For more information, details of car parking charges and alternative car parking sites see the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website.

Bus & Coach
Many local, regional and national bus and coach services stop at the Hard Interchange, located next to the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Portsmouth Harbour station is a five minute walk (130 metres) from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

There are ferries from Gosport and the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth Harbour Hard exchange, located approximately 100 metres from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For more information on travelling to the Dockyard see the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website.

Due to security restrictions, visitors are unable to leave bicycles unattended on the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site.

Bike racks are available just outside Victory gate, alongside the Hard.


Location of the museum within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The museum is approximately 130 metres from the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitor centre. 

Museum galleries are located within three buildings alongside Victory Arena, opposite HMS Victory. 






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