Planning & Booking a Visit on HMS Warrior

Learning - Planning & Booking a Visit

How to Book

All visits and workshops must be pre-booked. Please contact Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Advanced Sales Team on +44 (0) 23 9283 9766. They will be happy to advise you about availability and facilities and can work out a timetable for your visit.

For the latest information on availability and ticket prices please visit the Historic Dockyard website

Workshop enquiries

Please contact the Learning Team on +44 (0) 23 9283 9766.

Planning visits

To help with planning and preparation, we strongly recommend that teachers make a FREE preliminary visit to the Historic Dockyard and HMS Warrior 1860. This is a chance for you to familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and facilities on site, plan your work and prepare your risk assessment. To obtain free entry, you will need to bring proof of your teacher status and book in at the Visitor Centre. If you would like to meet with a member of the Learning Team during your planning visit, please contact us on +44 (0) 23 9283 9766 or email to make an appointment.

Visitor with disabilities or specials needs are most welcome onboard Warrior - More information can be found on the Access for All page.


You should allow at least 1 hour for a self-guided Discovery Visit to HMS Warrior 1860. We suggest having a task for pupils to complete to focus their attention. We have a selection of trail sheets suitable for Key Stages 1 - 3; please contact a member of our Learning Team on +44 (0) 23 9283 9766 to discuss what is available.


HMS Warrior is a hands-on attraction where pupils are encouraged to touch and there are many sounds, smells and textures to be experienced. All our workshops can be tailor-made to meet the needs of your pupils. Please contact the learning team to discuss your particular requirements and access arrangements for HMS Warrior.

Risk Assessments

Guidelines for teachers bringing pupils on education visits are available to download from It is the responsibility of group leaders to complete a full risk assessment prior to visiting and these guidelines do not replace your own assessment being undertaken. We allow free of charge teacher visits to assist with planning and the completion of risk assessments.

Accompanying adults

Learning staff from HMS Warrior 1860 will lead the workshop you have booked and prepare any additional activities for you. The behaviour of pupils remains the responsibility of teachers and group leaders. Workshops work best when teachers and group leaders participate in the activities.

Teachers and group leaders are responsible for pupils during self-led "discovery" visits to the ship. Pupils should remain with their group leader at all times and be closely supervised whilst on board.

Key Stage 1:

1 adult for every complete group of 5 pupils

Key Stage 2 and above:

1 adult for every complete group of 8 pupils

Teachers and other accompanying adults receive free admittance within these ratios.

If you fail to provide supervision at these levels for your group, you may be refused entry to the site or attractions.