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October half term at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Get ready for an October half term full of adventure, fun, and tons of creepy crawlies with our incredible range of activities and attractions!

Discover the Worlds Beneath the Waves and learn how the Royal Navy is leading in the study of our ocean. Use the kinetic sand display to carve out unique underwater trenches or the AI creator to make your very own sea creature to take home with you*.

Want more underwater adventures? Take a trip to the excavation of the Mary Rose with Dive the Mary Rose 4D. Feel bubbles pop as you dive down to where she lay hidden for centuries in this full-sensory experience.

We’re also launching Creepy Conservation week. See how our conservation teams protect our historic ships from nasty invaders and meet some of the bigger bugs that are vital to our survival. With events all across Portsmouth Historic Dockyard there’s so much to do this October half term.

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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

Prepare to explore the hidden secrets of the seabed as we take you below the water. Learn how HMS Challenger forever changed our understanding of the Earth’s ocean and altered the course of scientific history.

Meet the real ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the robot submarine working for the Royal Navy, and get your hands on our bathymetric globe, which maps the entire ocean floor. With innovative AI and AR technology Worlds Beneath the Waves brings the depths to you.  

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


Discover the untold story of the Mary Rose in our new experience, Dive the Mary Rose 4D. Be taken underwater and hear incredible stories of her life as King Henry VIII’s favourite ship before her untimely sinking, learn about the many failed attempts to find her as she lay hidden at the bottom of the seabed, and discover the cutting edge science that was used to bring her back to the surface.

This incredible, immersive, attraction uses multi-sensory features, meaning you can hear, smell, and feel as if you were actually there.


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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be from 10am to 5.30pm throughout October half term.

For information on travel options, harbour tours information, and the waterbus schedule please visit the ‘plan your visit’ page.