Coronavirus Update: Closing our doors from 5 November to 2 December 2020

Since we re-opened in August 2020, we have welcomed thousands of faces, new and old, back to the dockyard to enjoy some of the incredible attractions we have on offer here in Portsmouth and Gosport. It was especially heart-warming to see so many people enjoying themselves over the last two weeks and making the most of half term.

Unfortunately, following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, 31 October we are now required to close in line with public health guidance. We can therefore confirm that the site will be closing early on Wednesday, 4 November and be temporarily closed from Thursday 4 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

However, whilst we are closed, you will still be able to purchase a ticket without booking a day/time to visit. Your ticket will not be activated until it is redeemed upon entry to the dockyard or one of the Gosport sites.

We are dependent on the money we generate to care for our ships and collections, so if you wanted to buy now to support us during this challenging time or to buy a ticket as a present to be redeemed at a later date, it would be a wonderful way of showing your continued support.

For the time being we have taken the daily booking slots offline, however, when we know it is safe to reopen and in line with government guidance these will go back online. We will update our social media channels to share details of this.  

For those with an unredeemed ticket you can keep this and redeem it on your first visit to the site after reopening, and we will be adding a 28 day ticket extension to those with valid 12 month tickets – more details about this can be found in our FAQs.

We understand that this is a difficult and frustrating time for all, and we will be providing regular updates via email, social media and on our website over the next few weeks. We recommend checking these, as well as our frequently asked questions as hopefully they will answer many of your questions. However, if you still want to get in touch, our staff will be on reduced hours and so emailing us at will be the best way to get in touch.

Whilst we are hugely disappointed not to be able to welcome visitors, we encourage people to follow us on social media for the latest updates and stories from our ships and collections.