About 22 minutes from park
Main Rd, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJVisit Website
HMS Victory had already been sailing for some 40 years when she achieved immortality as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The iconic Vice-Admiral may have died during the famous battle against the French and Spanish, but not before securing his and the ship’s place in history. HMS Victory did continue in active service after Trafalgar, but was permanently placed into dry dock in 1922, becoming a fascinating museum visited by tens of millions down the years. This makes her the oldest naval ship in the world still in commission, with a recent conservation project meaning you can now also view HMS Victory from below. From the poop deck to Hardy’s Cabin and the lower gun deck, the galley and a selection of original iron guns are all captivating to see. And if you’re visiting HMS Victory Portsmouth dockyard also has some other wonderful must-see museums, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Warrior.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is just under five miles from junction 12 of the M27, with the M275 skirting around the western edge of Portsmouth alongside the harbour towards the south of Portsea Island. Following the brown tourist signs to ‘Historic Dockyard’, there’s a large car park with around 300 spaces around 400 yards from Victory Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to catch the park and ride just off the M275, which costs £4.00 for the day. If you’re arriving by train, HMS Victory is only a few hundred yards from Portsmouth Harbour Station.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big