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Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The festive season is in full swing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  

Have you ever seen a Christmas tree made of lights tower into the night sky? What about diving below the waves to the where the Mary Rose lay hidden for hundreds of years? Or rather than an elf on a shelf maybe you’d like to create your very own AI-generated sea creature to take home with you*? 

At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard there are unexpected experiences everywhere you go! From Tudor Christmas Crafts to fun-filled family trails there’s something for everyone this Christmas.  

With incredible online discounts now is the best time to celebrate Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  

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Worlds beneath the waves exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Child using kinetic sand to build topographic map.

Worlds beneath the waves

Discover the secret worlds that exist below the waves. Using innovative AI and AR technology the National Museum of the Royal Navy brings these underwater ecosystems to life right before your eyes.  

Meet ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the robot submarine that works for the Royal Navy and see how HMS Challenger changed what we knew about the Earth’s ocean. Worlds Beneath the Waves opens up the mysteries of the ocean floor and brings the depths to you.   

People enjoying the immersive Dive the Mary Rose in 4D show at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


Get ready for an unforgettable journey to the very bottom of the seabed and see the untold story of the Mary Rose. This full-sensory experience will transport you under the water using immersive features, making you feel like you’re really there! 

As you dive down to the bottom of the Solent, hear first-hand accounts of the incredible search for Britain’s most famous shipwreck, the Mary Rose. Find out why she was King Henry VIII’s favourite ship, her untimely sinking, and the struggles to return her to the surface after 500 years. 

Give the gift of unexpected experiences

With over 500 years of history across nine incredible attractions Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the gift that just keeps giving. With our gift cards you can pass on a full years-worth of memories, adventure, and surprises to friends and loved ones. 


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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be closed on the 24, 25 and 26 December and open on New Year’s Day from 11.00am 

For more information about opening times and travel options go to our ‘Plan your visit’ page. 


If you’re looking for presents not on the high street than Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the place to go. You can find unique Christmas gifts and experiences in our incredible on-site shops, or shop at home with our online stores.  

You can shop online for The National Museum of the Royal Navy and The Mary Rose here.