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HMS Victory

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Open Today: 10am – 5:30pm

Step aboard real-life history with a visit to the flagship of the Royal Navy – HMS Victory.  

This living icon of naval heritage, famous for serving as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar, has been painstakingly preserved across generations and stands as proud testament to the Georgian navy and is the symbolic home of the Royal Navy today. 

QUICKFIRE FACTS

1HR

Visit Time

821

Crew

1759

Ship Built

254

Years in service

9KN

Top Speed

104

Number of Guns

THE ROYAL NAVY’S FLAGSHIP

HMS Victory is Britain’s most celebrated naval warship, an enduring memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson, and an icon of the Royal Navy.

To honour and celebrate her formidable history she has been restored in breath-taking detail to her Georgian colours, so much so you’ll almost believe that she could set sail today. Walk the same decks trodden by one of history’s most famous naval commanders, Horatio Nelson up until his untimely death at the Battle of Trafalgar, his last great victory.

But HMS Victory is more than just one story, with over 800 crew members living and serving together. Experience how they lived below decks, living and fighting during the height of Georgian navy. Just don’t try to eat a ship’s biscuit if you value your teeth!

With our informative hand-held audio guide, it’s never been easier to immerse yourself in this incredible ship.

NOTE: At some times during low season guided tours will be operated on HMS Victory. Details of these can be obtained at the Visitor Centre upon arrival.

A family walking away from HMS Victory after enjoying the Victory Live exhibition

VICTORY LIVE

Get under the skin of HMS Victory with our latest visitor experience.

Learn about the once-in-a-lifetime project preserve HMS Victory for future generations. Meet the incredible teams fighting to protect her from invasive pests and damaging elements, as you see HMS Victory like never before.

As part of this experience you’ll be able to access the scaffold surrounding HMS Victory, getting up close to the painstaking work taking place to preserve her. For younger visitors a fun family trail is available to help them engage with the scale and spectacle of the project in an intuitive way.

Access to Victory Live: The Big Repair is included with your HMS Victory ticket. The scaffold is accessible via a lift for those with mobility issues, however please be aware that that access to the scaffold may be limited due to operational circumstances.

VICTORY GALLERY

No trip to HMS Victory is complete without a visit to the Victory Gallery, which goes beyond the Battle of Trafalgar to tell HMS Victory’s complete story.

With a specially produced cinematic film experience, enhanced interactive exhibitions, and never before seen artefacts, learn about her decline and rescue in the 1920s by the Society of Nautical Research (SNR) and the dramatic events when she could have been permanently lost to the nation.

With astonishing relics from HMS Victory’s past, including an original section of her mast and a spectacular ten-foot-tall, 200-year-old figurehead, discover the stories and the people, both famous and not so famous, behind her 256-year history.

A man and a woman watch the immersive video experience in the Victory Gallery at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE HISTORY BEHIND HMS VICTORY

The under hull walkway of HMS Victory's rudder and nameplate

HMS VICTORY UNDER HULL WALKWAY

Get a whole new look at HMS Victory as you descend into her dry dock. 

Marvel at all 3600 tonnes of her suspended in the dock, and see awe-inspiring engineering at work.

Inside the Nelson Gallery at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

NELSON GALLERY

Want to learn more about the distinguished yet turbulent life of HMS Victory’s most famous commander?

The Nelson Gallery explores the man behind the hero, detailing his triumphs and his failures, as well as the life of Emma Hamilton, his famous paramour.

HMS M.33

2 MIN WALK AWAY

VICTORY GALLERY

3 MIN WALK AWAY

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