Due to uncertainty around changing COVID regulations and the potential impact of sickness within our teams; NMRN may be required to adjust opening hours or close sites at short notice. Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid this 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.

HMS Caroline remains temporarily closed. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.


HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

It’s a proud day for the Royal Navy as HMS Queen Elizabeth will be commissioned in her home port of Portsmouth this week. Join in the celebration by visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of The National Museum of the Royal Navy for FREE on Thursday 7 December 2017.

As Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet. This will be the first time the Queen has visited the UK’s newest aircraft carrier since she formally named her in Rosyth in Scotland, July 2014.


Find the perfect view of HMS Queen Elizabeth from three different vantage points when you visit us.

The new Queen Elizabeth class carrier is 35 times the size of Nelson’s famous flagship HMS Victory and four times her length. Visitors will get the very best view of Britain’s largest aircraft carrier ever built this summer now she has arrived in her home port.

A new exhibition
To coincide with the carrier’s arrival into Portsmouth, there is a new Aircraft Carrier exhibition in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s Storehouse Number 9.

The exhibition charts the unique history of aircraft carrier development, from the beginnings of naval aviation where reconnaissance sea planes were craned on and off converted cruisers, through to the first specialist seaplane carrier HMS Hermes in 1924, to HMS Illustrious the last of the ‘innovative jump jet carriers’ decommissioned in 2014.

Book your All Attraction ticket
Visit 11 amazing attractions as well as view HMS Queen Elizabeth when you buy your All Attraction ticket online. Save 20% on a year’s worth of fun as you explore our spectacular ships and marvellous museums.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth FAQs

What are the best vantage points? 
You can view the ship from three different vantage points. You can view the aircraft carrier from HMS Victory’s poop deck, the viewing platform of The National Museum of the Royal Navy and from the water on a Harbour Tour.

Do I need an entry ticket to view the warship? 
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a variety of great value tickets including an All Attraction ticket. Entry is free but you will require a valid ticket to view the carrier from the poop deck of HMS Victory, the viewing platform of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and for the Harbour Tour.

What ticket should I buy? 
To make the most of your visit whilst HMS Queen Elizabeth is docked, we recommend buying an All Attraction ticket. You can save 20% when you book online. You’ll have access to 11 amazing attractions as well as our harbour tour.

How long is HMS Queen Elizabeth docked for?
Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide any further information on this at the moment. As the aircraft carrier is an active vessel and not a permanent attraction, there is no guarantee the ship will be berthed here for extended periods. However, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be berthed here for the remainder of summer – so don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Can I get onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth? 
Visitors are able to view the aircraft carrier from three distinct viewing platforms across the Historic Dockyard. HMS Queen Elizabeth is an active vessel, operated by the Royal Navy. Because of this, visitors are unable to visit the aircraft carrier but are able to view it clearly from different viewing platforms only.


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