HMS Victory

Experience life on board HMS Victory, the world’s most famous warship, learn about the real lives of the crew, and uncover the inspiring story of Horatio Nelson and how the battle of Trafalgar was won.

As visitors board the ship it is September 14th, 1805. The Historic Ships team at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, which now owns the ship, have worked hard to make the ship look just as she did at the time of Trafalgar, from the colours she’s painted in, to the food on the mess tables.

Visitors ascend to the quarterdeck and poop deck, the latter open to the public for the first time this year. In fact, with the new route opened earlier this year, there is nearly 80% more of the ship for visitors to explore.

The scene is set for visitors to follow in the footsteps of Nelson and his crew through the sick bay, gun decks, the place where Nelson died on the orlop deck and then further below into the hold before they leave the ship through the dry dock she has sat in since 1922, again, another first.

Knowledgeable team members will be on hand to answer any queries.

COVID-19 information for visitors

HMS Victory is open. Click here to find information about the museum's current Coronavirus measures

Opening Times

The Historic Dockyard opens at 10:00 am every day throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

From April-October: Last tickets are sold at 16:30; last entry to HMS Victory is 16:45 and the Dockyard gates are closed at 18:00.

From November - March: Last entry to HMS Victory is 16:00 and the Dockyard gates are closed at 17:30.


HMS Victory remains a commissioned ship of the Royal Navy and the Flag Ship of the First Sea Lord. Due to service commitments, there are occasions when HMS Victory will be closed to the public for all or part of the day.

c/o National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH

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