HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior


Prices & Booking



Your Visit

Opening Times

The Historic Dockyard is open from 10am daily, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

HMS Warrior is open

10am - 5.30pm (April - October). Last entry is 5.00pm.

10am - 5pm (November - March). Last entry is 4.30pm.

Last ticket sales are one hour before closing

HMS Warrior Closures

Due to other commitments, there may be occasions when access to some areas on board Warrior may be restricted or closed to the public for all or part of the day.


Visit HMS Warrior 1860 and step back in time... to 1861

As you step on board HMS Warrior you are entering the world of a Victorian sailor. The aim of the Warrior Preservation Trust has been to restore the ship, as near as possible, to her 1860s condition, and we want you to imagine that the ship's company has just gone ashore.

There is something of interest for everyone and visitors are encouraged to touch and try things out, sit at a mess deck table, join in a gun drill - become part of history onboard.

You are invited to explore Warrior's four vast decks at your leisure. Please take your time and feel free to wander. We do, however, recommend you allow approximately 1 - 1 ½ hours for your visit. There are crew and volunteers on board who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We want you to enjoy this very special ship.

10 must see attractions for one great price...

Rated in the top 5 things to do in Hampshire* Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to England's greatest historical gems.

Berthed alongside the other iconic ships HMS Victory and Mary Rose, within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, one of the UK's leading tourist destinations Warrior is now a permanent feature of the city's skyline.

Visit the world famous historic ships at the home of the Royal Navy. Go aboard HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and see the Mary Rose Museum for the best day out in the South of England.

Portsmouth Harbour's leading attraction also includes the Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations and Harbour Tours.

The Historic Dockyard is a great place to experience 800 years of naval history surrounded by working docks and historic buildings.

Contact Form

Contact us

General Enquiries

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9283 9766
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Weddings & Events

Private & Corporate Hospitality, Weddings & Civil Ceremonies & Catered Events
To discuss your individual requirements or to make an enquiry on availability
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9277 8604
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Media/Filming/Press Enquiries

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9272 8062
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If you would like further information on any of the Warrior workshops/ programmes/resources
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9277 8625
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Visitor Services/Accessibility information

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9283 9766
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Archives/'Old Warriors'

For general enquiries relating to the history of the ship, her collection or her crew.
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Finance & Accounts

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9277 8605
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Volunteer Coordinator

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9277 8609
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Booking a Group Visit:

For full details of prices and how to make a booking please contact Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Advanced Sales Office on 023 9283 9766. 24 hour Information - 023 9286 1512

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HMS Warrior at Sunset


Preservation Trust


Our core purpose is to preserve and present HMS Warrior 1860 as the world's first modern battleship, to explain her influence on warship design and to demonstrate life at sea in the Victorian Navy.

Core Values

  • To preserve
  • To interpret and display
  • To educate

The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees that has the responsibility for HMS Warrior and her collections.


Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team Members


HRH Princess Alexandra

Vice Patron

Lady Christian Smith

Board of Trustees

Chair: Rear Admiral Neil Latham CBE MSc CEng FIMarEST FIMechE

  • Prof Isobel Pollock OBE BSc(Eng) CEng Hon DSc FIMechE FCGI FRSA
  • Mr James Priory MA
  • Cllr Donna Jones, Leader Portsmouth City Council
  • Mr Michael Bedingfield MA FCIM
  • Prof Dominic Tweddle


  • Captain David Newberry MSc CEng RN
  • Prof Andrew Lambert MA PhD FRHistS
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Wakeham PC JP FCA DL
  • Cdr Ken Jones RN
  • Dr Andy Painting PhD CEng FSARS MIET
  • Mr Alan Cartwright BSc MA CEng FIMarEST FIMechE
  • The Reverend Colin M. Noyce RN OCM Honorary Chaplain






Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies

HMS WARRIOR 1860 is looking to recruit an Assistant Learning Officer (maternity cover) from March/April 2017. The post will assist to fulfil the Activity Programme for a £4.2m HLF funded project.

The role is primarily to support the Learning Officer in the day to day responsibility for development and delivery of interactive, high quality learning workshops, learning resources and special projects for pupils, students and teachers as well as informal learning and HMS Warrior’s community engagement programmes. This opportunity comes at a time of exciting change in a small expanding organisation.

Warrior Preservation Trust Limited currently has a turnover of £2.2m and welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year.

The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to engage with diverse audiences through briefings, teaching and presentations. You will have experience of delivering workshops and /or teaching and of working with children and young people/adults. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate skills in building positive relationships with both external parties and internal colleagues. You will require excellent planning and organisational skills and a good basic IT working knowledge. Able to work both independently and as key member of a small team in a busy and challenging environment, flexibility and adaptability are important. An understanding of how to support STEM subjects is also desirable.

This is a 10 month maternity cover funded post, 22.5 hours per week.

Salary £18,000 pa pro rata plus holidays and benefits.

Isabelle Russell – Finance and Personnel Manager

HMS Warrior 1860
HM Naval Base Portsmouth
02392 778600


Closing date for applications: Friday 17th February, 2017
Interviews will take place: Week commencing 6th March 2017

Further details:

Job Specification - PDF

Application Form - Word

Application Form - PDF

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form - Word

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form - PDF

Warrior's Flag

Website Credits

The HMS Warrior website is owned and operated by HMS Warrior Preservation Trust, registered charity number 256756. All content is copyright of The Trust unless otherwise stated.

The website was designed and developed by Hampshire web developers, OKO Digital. Special thanks go to photographers Martin Lewis and Simon Coulson whose excellent work is used throughout the website.

Fundraising Standards

Fundraising Standards

Give with Confidence

As a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), Warrior Preservation Trust has made a public promise to adhere to best practice, honesty, transparency, clarity and accountability in all fundraising activity, enabling you to give with confidence.

We hope that our membership will build trust and confidence in charitable giving and, ultimately, encourage more people to provide vital support to preserve and present HMS Warrior 1860 to the public for their benefit and education.

Should you have any concerns about the way we fundraise, we have a robust complaints process. We encourage you to get in touch with your feedback. And, if you are unsatisfied with the way we handle your concerns, you can also contact the independent regulatory, the FRSB.

To make a complaint, please call 023 9277 8613 or email us at

Our Fundraising Promise

Our Complaints Policy

Warrior Volunteers


All Hands on Deck! - Volunteers needed for HMS Warrior 1860

At the heart of HMS Warrior 1860 is an invaluable team of volunteers who dedicate their time on a regular basis. The ship attracts local, national and international visitors and the contributions made by our volunteers enhance the visitor's experience and are an integral, vital and invaluable contribution to the success of HMS Warrior 1860.

We welcome volunteers and can provide a variety of opportunities for people who want to give us their time so if you have time or talent you would like to share, please come and join us. Every volunteer is fully trained in the practical aspects of Warrior and has the opportunity to learn about the academic side.

Warrior operates a fair and open recruitment process. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed to find out what they would like to do, their skills, suitability and how best their potential might be realised.

How to Volunteer

Recruiting volunteers is an ongoing process. Whether you have existing skills which you can share with us, or would like to learn new ones, the Trust welcomes people of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life. If you can give a day a week, or have even more time to spare, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Becoming a volunteer is a simple process

To find out about this rewarding opportunity and register your interest in our volunteer programme, please complete our Volunteer Enquiry Form or simply call our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 023 9277 8600 (Ext 609) for more information and an informal discussion about what you would like to do.

Alternatively, fill in our Volunteer Application Form (pdf - opens in a new window) and we will contact you accordingly.

As an HMS Warrior 1860 volunteer you will become part of the ship's company. Staff and volunteers work together in partnership to provide a full and exciting service for our visitors and to ensure Warrior is well maintained and preserved.

We do hope this appeal will bring forward many more enthusiastic volunteers so we can continue to provide a first class service.

Thank you for your interest.

Volunteer Your Time

We particularly need volunteers to help with:

  • Front of house - manning our reception desk and/or interacting with our visitors on board
  • Learning & Access Assistant
  • Ship's husbandry - supporting our crew with ongoing preservation and maintenance
  • Children's Craft Activities and Workshops
  • Costumed Interpretation
  • Introductory Talks
  • Meet and Greet/Visitor Host
  • Archives Assistant
  • Volunteer Tour Guide
  • Engine Room Host

Whether you have existing skills that you can share with us, or would like to learn new ones, we welcome people of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life. If you can give a day a week, or have even more time to spare, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact us for more information
HMS Warrior


A Gift in Memory

Making a donation in memory of a loved one will provide a lasting legacy and afford you the opportunity to remember someone special.


By remembering the Warrior Preservation Trust in your Will, you will make a lasting contribution to the ongoing preservation of HMS Warrior 1860 for future generations to enjoy.

We understand that your first priority when writing a Will is naturally to ensure that your family and friends are provided for. However, a Will is also an excellent way to remember a charity which is important to you.

If you would like to remember us in your will, there are a number of ways you can do so including;

  • A Pecuniary Bequest allows you to give a specific sum of money.
  • A Residuary Bequest is a gift of the whole or part of your estate after other bequests to family and friends have been made and expenses have been met.
  • A Specific Bequest is a gift of personal possessions/objects.

Because the Warrior Preservation Trust is a registered charity, any bequest that you make to us is exempt from Inheritance Tax. Therefore any potential tax to be paid out of your estate could be reduced or, potentially, eliminated entirely.

Thank you

A bequest is possibly the most personal gift anyone can make to the Trust and through it you can make a lasting contribution. Because of this we record and recognise all such gifts in our Book of Remembrance.

What Next?

Advice from your own legal or tax advisor should be sought when considering any gift arrangement.
Whilst we are committed to respecting your privacy, we hope that you are able to share your wishes with us. Informing us of your intentions to leave a gift to the Warrior Preservation Trust in your Will allows us to plan for the future knowing that we have your continued support. Naturally, this pledge is simply a statement and is by no means legally binding. All information will of course be kept confidential.

The Warrior Preservation Trust is delighted to be left particular items in Wills. However the additional costs of restoring and displaying these items can place a considerable strain on the Trust's financial resources. We therefore ask you to write to the Trust providing us with as much information as possible before including an item in your Will.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about leaving a legacy to the Warrior Preservation Trust or adding a Codicil to your existing Will, or you would like to receive further information, please call our Fundraising Department on 023 9277 8613 or complete the contact form and we will get in touch with you.

Thank you for visiting our website.

HMS Warrior at Night


Sending out an SOS call…

HMS Warrior was rescued in the 1980’s, restored and brought back home to Portsmouth and is owned by Warrior Preservation Trust, an independent charity. 

Sadly, time has it taken its toll and today she is in a fragile state - her bulwarks, which keep her watertight, have failed and are deteriorating to a point which places her at significant risk. 

2016 marks an incredibly important year for Warrior as we embark on our first major fundraising appeal to fund this essential work.  Early this year we were delighted to secure a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This incredible support means that we have now raised £3.2 million of the £4 million needed to save the ship.

We still have £1 million to raise and we now have the confidence to turn our vision for Warrior into a reality, but we cannot do this on our own.

Make no mistake: the ship is a survivor – since she first sailed the seas in 1861, Warrior has faced storms, war, neglect and old age.  Yet incredibly, she is still here to tell her stories.  Please join our association as a member, volunteer, fundraise or donate – there’s a way to get involved and make a difference that will suit you.  Please visit support us to find out more. Or donate here

Your support will guarantee that future generations will benefit from the inspiring legacy that is HMS Warrior 1860, so please help us bring new life into an old ship.

Thank you.