Free teacher visits to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Date Posted: 16/08/2013

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is offering teachers the opportunity to go behind the scenes, and tour its museums and historic buildings for free, as part of one of its heritage open days.

The open days are running from 12th to 15th September, and are completely free but must be booked in advance. They offer a familiarisation visit for teachers considering a future school trip to the dockyard.

Teachers will be able to take guided tours into areas not normally accessible to the public and learn all about the 800-year history of the dockyard.

Highlights include the chance to go beyond the walls of Portsmouth Naval Base and see the site on board a vintage bus tour. School trip organisers can also explore beneath all 3,500 tonnes of HMS Victory and view the keel at close range, as well as step on board the World War One vessel Monitor M33.

Educators can also visit the historic boats at Boathouse 4, hear the mysterious tales of Boathouse 6, and see what’s contained within the Georgian attics of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Teachers cannot book more than four places per tour due to limited spaces. However, group bookings can be taken for the Beyond the Walls of Portsmouth Naval Base tour.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide