School Visit at Portsmouth Dockyard

Learning - Resources

A variety of resources are available (including school loan box), pupils’ trails and information sheets to support your visit and follow up activities back in school. For further details please contact the learning team.


Telephone: 02392778600

HMS Warrior Website: Virtual Tour

The virtual tour, is a useful resource both for the classroom and for group leaders preparing for their visit. Please note that we strongly recommend that all group leaders visit the ship prior to your visit in order to familiarise themselves both with the history and layout of the ship.

Click here for the virtual tour

It's British Science Week!

Can you match the engineering ingenuity and revolutionary ideas of Sir Isaac Watts, Chief Constructor the the Navy, who designed HMS Warrior? Come and join us for our science and engineering challenges suitable for all the family - our theme this year is 'Iron does Float?'! Drop in activities from 10.00 - 15.30. Free with a valid admission ticket.

HMS Warrior School Visits

Learning - Outreach

If you cannot come to us, perhaps we can come to you!

Whilst HMS Warrior provides a unique and stimulating environment for your pupils we appreciate that it is not always possible for groups to visit. A number of our workshops and special events can be adapted for the classroom and we can offer groups who are unable to visit the opportunity to take part in a Warrior workshop, led by a member of our Learning Team, away from the ship itself.

For further information (including costs) and bookings, please contact the Learning Officer on 02392 778600 or email:

Discovery Visits on HMS Warrior

Discovery Visits and Guided Tours


A Discovery Visit is a self-guided visit to one or a combination of the attractions.

Single attraction: £4.50 per pupil

Two attractions: £6.50 per pupil

Three attractions: £8.50 per pupil


Target Group: Key Stage 3 or 4 

Length of Tour: 1 hour

Price: £15 per tour (+ £4.00 per student admission charge)

Maximum 16 students per tour

Guided tours are led by our experienced guides and will provide your students with an overview of the ship's history and life on board. Tours are subject to availability and must be booked in advance. Please note that students must be accompanied by their group leader or teacher.

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.

Virtual tour

Access for all

Access for All

Visiting - Access For All

Warrior is a 'hands-on' attraction where visitors are encouraged to touch and try things out - there are many sounds, smells and textures to be experienced. Working Dogs are welcome onboard

Visitors with disabilities or specials needs are most welcome onboard Warrior but this historic ship may present challenges for some visitors. Access is best achieved with the aid of another individual.

Warrior has four decks, connected by steep steps. The upper deck is accessible to all visitors but some areas may be more difficult to access. These areas can now be experienced with our 'virtual' tour of the ship available to view at the Warrior reception area within the Visitor Centre.

For wheelchair users

Due to the historic nature of the ship, access can be difficult. We recommend visitors contact us prior to their visit so that we can suggest the best time to gain access with ease. At certain times the tides may make the gradient of our gangways steep. Once on board ramps provide access on to the upper deck and, for those able to transfer, there is a stairlift giving access to the main gun deck where a manual wheelchair is available for use.

Toilets with access for wheelchair users can be found in Boathouse No. 7, Action Stations, The Royal Naval Museum and Victory arena.

Wheelchairs are available to use, free of charge, from the Visitor Centre, Mary Rose and Royal Naval Museum (a form of identity will be required).

Hearing Impaired

There is an audio guide available that has a hearing loop option

Visually Impaired

Warrior is a very accessible 'hands-on' ship and many tactile exhibits are available. Braille and large print deckplans are available at our reception desk.

Guided Tours can be arranged for special needs audiences but these must be pre-booked and are subject to the availability of volunteer guides. Groups are, therefore, advised to contact us in advance of their visit to check availability and make the necessary arrangements. For more information please call 023 9277 8609

Please note: Occasionally access to certain areas of the ship may be restricted due to functions or events. If you are making a special journey please contact us for the latest information.

Tel: 023 9277 8600 or 023 9277 8609

For health and safety reasons pushchairs are not permitted on board and should be left, at the owner's risk, in a reserved area alongside the ship.

Family Activities


Come and explore HMS Warrior 1860, once the largest, fastest, most powerful ship in the world! Climb aboard and find out about life for sailors in Victoria's Navy.

For ideas of things to look for and talk about while you visit, please download and print our Talking Points pdf sheet and bring them with you.

Warrior Trail Sheets

We run a variety of activities suitable for children and families during school holidays and at certain other times of year.

HMS Warrior wheels

Prices & Booking

Tickets and Prices

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.

There are a number of ticket options for HMS Warrior.

For the latest visitor information, including details of ticket prices and opening hours, please click here to visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website.

HMS Warrior's Captain with telescope

Find us

How to find us

HMS Warrior 1860 is located at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Entrance is through Victory Gate at the corner of Queen Street and The Hard.

By road: Join the M275 at Junction 12 of the M27. Follow the brown Historic Waterfront signs from the M27 and the Historic Dockyard signs in Portsmouth.

Parking: There are plenty of parking spaces within a short walk of the Historic Dockyard.

By Public transport: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is ideally placed if you wish to travel by public transport.

Coach, Bus, Rail & Ferry: Portsmouth Harbour train station, The Hard Bus Interchange, the Gosport Ferry and Wightlink/Fast-Cat foot-passenger terminal are only 200 metres from Victory Gate, the main entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Further visitor information about the other attractions, ticket prices, opening hours and details of the latest news and events can be obtained from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.




HMS Warrior's communications office delivers a comprehensive service to national and regional newspapers, radio, TV and online media. We are always open to enquiries from the media about the charity and its services, events and campaigns. Please contact the Campaign Director on +44(0) 23 9277 8613 or use our contact form here.

Members of the media wishing to obtain information on or gain access to HMS Warrior please contact the Campaign Director on +44(0) 23 9277 8613 or or use our contact form here. Alternatively please contact the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard PR Department on +44(0) 23 9289 4550


The Trust has a number of images available for use and reproduction. Please contact the Executive Officer on +44(0) 23 9277 8603 or use our contact form here.


Warrior is also a popular location for filming and photography. We can cater for both commercial and non-commercial projects and each enquiry is dealt with on an individual basis. Please be aware: Professional or commercial filming/photography is not permitted onboard/alongside HMS Warrior without negotiation and the prior permission, in writing, of the Warrior Preservation Trust.


HMS Warrior is much sought after as a filming and photography location.

This unique mid-Victorian warship combining sail and steam, offers ideal period settings for passenger/warships. Completely and accurately restored to the days of her first commission (1861-4) she offers a spacious and adaptable location.

Fully rigged, with four vast decks and a working (replica) steam engine plus boiler-room Warrior often 'doubles' for other ships of the period including Brunel's SS Great Britain and the Great Eastern, US Civil War ships and passenger liners.

If you are interested in the possibility of using Warrior as a location for filming or photography please fill in our filming form or photography form. If you would like more information, please contact the Campaign Director on +44(0) 23 9277 8613 or use our contact form here.

Our comprehensive filming service can also provide help with:

  • Research
  • Technical support
  • Props
  • 'Extras'
  • Wardrobe & Make up areas
  • Security
  • Liaison with local authorities, suppliers & services
  • Accommodation
  • Support staff