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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Find heroic ships, triumphant naval vessels and World War I frigates at this dockyard, a tribute to the city’s maritime might.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a symbol of the city’s naval importance, housing some of the most famous vessels in the country. Since its days as a medieval trading port, Portsmouth has been inextricably tied to the ocean. Explore the ships of kings and admirals and learn about them in this complex where authentic vessels and museums illuminate the city's and the nation's rich maritime history.

One of the most historic craft in the dockyard is HMS Warrior, a fearsome iron-hulled vessel that was built in around 1859. Upon launch, this magnificent 40-gun frigate struck fear into the hearts of rival navies around the world. It was restored during the 1980s and has been transformed into an impressive maritime museum which is now part of The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Follow in the footsteps of Lord Nelson and his men on HMS Victory, a beautifully preserved flagship that shows what life was like as a crew member or officer during the Napoleonic wars. Also docked here is HMS M.33, the only surviving craft from the British Gallipoli campaign in World War I.

Find out what it’s like to be in the Royal Navy at Action Stations, an exhilarating adventure experience that features a climbing wall, laser tag (additional charge) and motion simulators. Learn more about the boats, the people who worked on them and how they were built in the historic Boathouse 4 and The Museum of the Royal Navy. You can also see the fascinating history of the area from the Harbour Tour. 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a very short walk north of Portsmouth Harbour train and bus stations. Drive here and use nearby parking for a fee. Purchase individual tickets for the attractions of your choice or save money by buying a Full Navy Ticket  online at a discount price. Then try to fit in every fascinating sight in a day of fact-filled exploring.

The Full Navy Ticket also includes the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport – both accessible by a water bus from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 


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Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays ¥7,416
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 4-minute walk and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 14 minutes.

    The Royal Maritime Club ¥10,883
    The Royal Maritime Club

    The Royal Maritime Club

    Queens Street, Portsmouth, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is 5 minutes by foot and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 13 minutes.

      The Lady Hamilton ¥7,895
      The Lady Hamilton

      The Lady Hamilton

      21 The Hard, Portsmouth, England
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 2-minute walk and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 18 minutes.

        Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel ¥12,533
        Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel

        Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel

        15 - 16 The Hard, Portsmouth, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 2-minute walk and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 18 minutes.

          Keppel's Head Hotel ¥5,787
          Keppel's Head Hotel

          Keppel's Head Hotel

          24-26 The Hard, Portsmouth, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 3-minute walk and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 17 minutes.

            Admiralty Quarter By Esa
            Admiralty Quarter By Esa

            Admiralty Quarter By Esa

            admiralty road, Portsmouth, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is 6 minutes by foot and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 14 minutes.

              Pennant House By Flying Butler
              Pennant House By Flying Butler

              Pennant House By Flying Butler

              Cross Street, Portsmouth, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is 7 minutes by foot and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 13 minutes.

                College Street Abode
                College Street Abode

                College Street Abode

                70 College Street (Flat), Portsea, Portsmouth, England
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Portsmouth, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 4-minute walk and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 15 minutes.