Portsmouth Historic Naval Dockyard
From the time of King Richard 1st (Richard the Lionheart) there has been a dock in Portsmouth. His brother King John made it a Royal yard in 1212.
Over 800 years of history to explore. The site of the original docks, the creation of the worlds first dry dock in 1495 where the Mary Rose was built and that’s just the start.
Discover the mast pond built by prisoners of war in 1665. Hear about “Jack the Painter” who set fire to the dockyards. Explore the Georgian buildings and walk in the footsteps of the men of Trafalgar, Jutland and D-Day.
The day then goes wherever you want. Explore Britain’s first armoured battleship made of iron, HMS Warrior? How about a leap back 500 years to wander through the decks of Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose? The last remaining survivor from the Battle of Gallipoli in the First world war, the M33?
Perhaps take in some of the museums on site? Visit the Submarine museum and HMS Alliance, the Dockyard Apprentice or the Royal Navy’s own museum? For the children explore Action Stations!
Bring yourself up to date and relax with a tour of Portsmouth harbour. See the modern navy at rest, perhaps the latest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is in port, all 66,000 tonnes of her?
Average tour length:
2 hours is the minimum we would recommend. The dockyard is vast so is really suitable for a full day trip.
All our tours are bespoke to your needs, so we are very flexible with timings.
From £150 per tour (not per person). This is for the full day
Combine this tour with:
Royal Navy Submarine Museum