The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, formerly known as the Royal Naval Museum, is a museum of the history of the Royal Navy located in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard section of HMNB Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. The museum is part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. It received 1,081,909 visitors in 2017.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
Hannah Gough | Feb 2, 2018
Tickets are valid for a year from purchase. Always a long queue to get in- even if you've brought tickets online (much cheaper): not great in bad weather. Ticket discounts available for students and families. Parking nearby is reasonable for city centre. You're free to wander with ticket checkers at the major attractions. Food was a bit expensive- but what you'd expect for a tourist attraction. Some hand made stuff in the Mary Rose cafe which was nice. Space to sit and eat outside. Toilets in good condition A gift shop in the Victory was a bit jarring, it lost some of the 'authentic' feel- seems they're moving more to really milking the profits. Lots of the smaller, older exhibitions seemed to have been moved or put away to. Mary Rose exhibition- the lighting made it difficult to see details at times. If you're really into naval history you could easily spend a day or two here. Others, not as long, maybe a day at most?
Martin Jennings | Feb 9, 2018
The Historic Dockyard is well worth a visit and has improved drastically over the past ten years with lottery money. The old ships are well presented and the museums well worth a visit. It is best to go on special event days that happen throughout the year especially near Christmas. It can be quite expensive but a ticket includes returning for over two years which can be well worth doing to spend more time in particular areas. The Dockyard has also played an important role in organising volunteers from around the area and supporting vital heritage conservation. I would recommend a visit.
Nick Shoubridge | Mar 2, 2018
I love history and military museums so this place was always going to be great. Lots to see, you need more than a day to do it justice. HMS Warrior and HMS Victory are under repair but still spectacular. The Mary Rose display is amazing and well presented. Plus you can see the modern Royal Navy all around you.
Flora Kan | Feb 20, 2018
Fantastic! The whole family will enjoy the visit. HMS Victory's role in European history cannot be under estimated. Boys big and small will enjoy submarine museum. A boat tour of the dock is included. Buy your ticket online gets a discount. I booked it using my smart phone at the ticket office. Worth searching way before as there were heftier discounts available when booked in advance.
Pamela Campbell | Jan 30, 2018
A wonderful place to visit. We spent three days here and still didn't get to see it all so will have to go back. Your ticket purchase entitles you to as many visits as you like for a calendar year so very good value for money. Something for everyone to enjoy inside too. I am really hard pressed to pick out any one thing as being better or more interesting than another but would say that the Mary Rose Exhibition exceeded our expectations.
Jackie Roberts | Mar 30, 2018
I bought tickets for the Historic Dockyard for my husband's big birthday. The ticket covers everything and is is valid for as many visits as you want for a year. We have so far visited the Victory and the Mary Rose exhibition. Brilliant! History brought to life. Clearly a lot of thought and effort has gone into preserving these wonderful pieces of history and how best to present them to the public. Maintaining these treasures must be very costly and requires public support through tickets sales, donations etc but I have little doubt that support will continue with the high standard set at the Dockyard. We were lucky enough to go when it was quiet. There seem to be lots of cafes, toilets etc and plenty of staff to guide you around and tell you about the exhibitions. The Trafalgar Experience was lovely with interactive exhibitions like reading the signals and building the Hull of a ship. There is a lot of walking but it is well worth the tired legs at the end of the day. Please go you won't be disappointed.
Jacqui Francis | Apr 2, 2018
An excellent, full day, family activity venue. Lots to see and do. The harbour tour is well worth a trip. Ladies if your inclined go on harbour tour and get dropped off at the shops, while the men enjoy the ships. Great for naval historical museums. To get the most out of the day, arrive just before the gate opens and take advantage of a full day sightseeing. I've never been able to see everything in one day, so a good reason to use your ticket again, as it's valid for 12 months. Enjoy.
King Alan | Mar 16, 2018
Brilliant value we had a daily mail offer. Really interesting staff were brilliant so keen to help and tell you about exhibits. The harbour cruise was fun made interesting by commentary. Mary Rose exhibit was so well laid out made you feel part of the ships company. You can revisit as many times as you like for a year. Wonderful value. 3rd visit on Tuesday 13th March this year this place is amazing still not seen it all. Fantastic for kids and staff are so knowledgeable it is worth more than 5 *s
Iain Hendry | Apr 1, 2018
Great place to visit with a lot to see and do. Victory, Mary 🌹 and warrior worth visiting. Prices can be complicated but if you purchase for a single attraction it also has a 12 month revisit option, keep your tickets. If lucky you will be able to get pretty close to the current naval ships there
Stephen Davies | Apr 11, 2018
Amazing place to visit for the whole family. Too much to see in one day so it's good that your ticket is valid for a year. I can imagine that it could get really busy but it was quiet when we went. HMS Victory is incredible and such an important part of British history. You can actually walk all round the whole ship and see where Nelson died. The Mary Rose is spectacular even though it's a wreck. The way it has been displayed is stunning and seeing her is quite a haunting experience. The other, lesser known ships are just as fascinating so i would highly recommend a visit.
John Reilly | May 16, 2018
This was a birthday treat for me and as the weather was just perfect I had a great day. We got the 11 exhibit tickets, valid for the year. Well worth the extra £7 if you're able to get back (we only saw the Warrior, the Victory and went up the Spinnaker and that took us 8 hours after a couple of breaks for food) Beware, the ticket doesn't include the spinnaker or the Mary Rose. We parked in a local park, not the gunwharf. It's a little cheaper and as everything is within walking distance it was perfectly OK. The exhibits do vary in how they are managed, and the quality is variable but personally I felt £39 was excellent value. The Victory and Warrior are worth that on their own!
Julian Ambrose | May 9, 2018
A great place to visit with a lot of historical educational value, but I very much dislike the pricing system of paying for each attraction (11 in total) which can be very expensive if you are bringing a family. I opted to visit just two attractions on my latest visit as I could only afford to spend approximately four hours on site. The reception staff were very helpful in this regard, knowing how long it would take to visit each attraction. N.B. If you visit the HMS Victory, ensure you are given an electronic tour guide. A device that relays an audio explanation at various points on board this marvellous ship as my party of three wasn't offered one which was most disappointing.
Mary Matthews | Apr 23, 2018
Very interesting visit. Disabled parking further away than anticipated. Recommend dropping off anyone with walking difficulties before parking. Mary Rose and the Victory were well worth the visit. There are wheelchairs available for use but some areas are quite difficult to push over. We did see there were also electric buggies (possibly for hire) although no=one told us this when we borrowed the wheelchair!
Willow Tkw | Jun 27, 2018
Fantastic for anyone who loves naval history and engineering. Very family friendly. Amazing helpful and knowledgeable staff along with outstanding and passionate volunteers to increase and support your understanding of Naval life. Exceptionally easy to get to by public transport as it is adjacent to the train, bus and ferry terminals. It was fabulous to see the brand new HMS Elizabeth and find out more about her construction. I was also lucky enough to be on-site for a 21 gun salute acknowledging the Queen's anniversary of her succession to the throne. I have now visited HMS Victory, Mary Rose, HMS Warrior, HMS Alliance, Submarine museum, HMS M.33, Naval museum, Jutland, Action Stations, Boat House 4 (including the restaurant) and the Harbour Tour. Looking forward to the Royal Marines Museum opening in 2020. This time I purchased annual tickets online as they were the best value for money. Additional charge applies for Mini Ports, Laser Quest and Mary Rose. The HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin is also worth a try and available by the bottle from the gift shops.
Nat Pdf | Jun 8, 2018
Absolutely fantastic place for everyone to visit, with stacks of history Nelson's HMS victory plus HMS warrior & the Mary Rose museum, with simulators and harbour tours. Lesser known ships are as fascinating. It's well kept and maintained. Lots of activities for children on half term/school holidays. Lots of eateries, gift shops, action stations, with climbing walls for children, laser Quest other fun activities. Wheelchair accessible entrances. Public transport trains & coaches to Portsmouth harbour. Clean and tidy toilets. Very helpful and friendly staff. Highly recommend for those much interested in history. Awesome experience! 10/10
Wendy Callear | May 23, 2018
8 attractions, lots of eateries (not cheap so take packed lunches if you don't want to fork out), stacks of history. Children love Action Stations, with climbing walls, Laser Quest and other fun activities. Adults adore The Mary Rose Museum. During school holidays, the museum has fun activities for children. A tremendous day out but you'll need several days to make the most of everything on offer! Update: Mary Rose Museum tickets now need be purchased separately, either at the designated ticket office at the Dockyard entrance gate or in the Mary Rose Museum itself.
Fred Trigg | Jul 12, 2018
Great place to spend a few hours. Not too expensive. Mary Rose isn't included in multi ticket though. Victory was great. Electronic guide was good but focused more on the Battle of Trafalgar rather than on the ship itself which i thought a shame. Warrior is great but no guide.
karen imms | Jun 29, 2018
Loved looking around the historic docks. It is well laid out with plenty of information and obliging staff. Only went on board the HMS Warrior and Victory, both excellent to see. There are eleven sights to visit in all but as we were only there for the day we couldn't possibly see them all. Looking forward to another visit in the future.
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