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Ten incredibly rare maps bring the legendary story of the Spanish Armada to life with our newest exhibition: ‘Armada Maps National Treasures’. Discover the history of the Spanish Armada, the battles that shaped the campaign, and how the outcome changed the course of history.

This collection is so delicate they can only be on display for just 45 days, creating a small window of opportunity to see this unique collection in person at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Exhibition Details

24th June – 8th August

  NMRN Galleries

Open: 10am – 5pm

*Last entry 4.30pm


This stunning collection of hand-drawn maps show the defeat of the Spanish as it happened in incredible detail. These maps may be the oldest surviving records of the events of the Spanish Armada known in the world, they are now available to see only at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this Summer 2023.


Uncover the secret history of these maps as powerful propaganda tools, showing the might of the English navy for centuries to come. See how each step of the campaign happened, the overwhelming odds the smaller English fleet faced against the larger Spanish forces and learn about the key figures and ships who took part on both sides of the battle.   


The full story can be viewed inside the NMRN Galleries in Portsmouth for a limited time only. The exhibition runs from the 24th June through to the 8th August.

To guarantee yourself a chance to see this incredible piece of history, book your tickets today.