Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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Signage on Boathouse 4

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is an area of HM Naval Base Portsmouth which is open to the public; it contains several historic buildings and ships. It is managed by the National Museum of the Royal Navy as an umbrella organisation representing five charities: the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, the Mary Rose Trust, the Warrior Preservation Trust Ltd and the HMS Victory Preservation Company. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ltd was created to promote and manage the tourism element of the Royal Navy Dockyard, with the relevant trusts maintaining and interpreting their own attractions. It also promotes other nearby navy-related tourist attractions.


The National Museum of the Royal Navy was first opened in Portsmouth in 1911.[1] It changed its name to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth to reflect its expanded responsibilities over the Royal Marines Museum, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower.[1]


Many of the buildings within the Historic Dockyard area date from the 18th century

The museum is host to many original Naval artefacts, including one of the original sails from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Trafalgar Experience is an interactive walk-through gallery detailing the Battle of Trafalgar, ending with a panorama painted by William Lionel Wyllie.[2] Boathouse 4 houses a "Boatbuilding and Heritage Skills Centre".[3] The dockyard also displays three ships:

The Mary Rose opened to the public in May 2013 at a cost of £35 million. The museum contains the preserved remains of the Tudor-era warship Mary Rose and thousands of artefacts recovered after she was salvaged in 1982. [7]50°47′59″N 1°6′24″W / 50.79972°N 1.10667°W / 50.79972; -1.10667 (Mary Rose)

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust is responsible for the maintenance and the upkeep of all historic buildings within the heritage footprint of the Historic Dockyard, and operate an ongoing programme of conservation.[8]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". National Museum of the Royal Navy. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Wyllie's Panorama of Trafalgar". National Museum of the Royal Navy. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: Boathouse 4".
  4. ^ "Only remaining ship from first world war Gallipoli landing opened to public". The Guardian. 20 October 2014.
  5. ^ "HMS Victory". Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ "HMS Warrior". Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Mary Rose". Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  8. ^ {"Welcome". Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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Coordinates: 50°48′04″N 1°06′36″W / 50.801°N 1.110°W / 50.801; -1.110