Accessibility & Safety

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes all visitors. The site is, however, a working Naval Base and certain areas may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, with a restricted mobility or who are visually impaired. As a safety precaution, we ask that all these visitors are accompanied by a carer.

Toilets for disabled visitors can be found in:

  • Historic Dockyard Car Park
  • Boathouse No.7
  • Victory Port Arena
  • National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Action Stations

Car Parking
There are 15 disabled spaces available in the Historic Dockyard car park approximately 400 yards from the main entrance.

HMS Victory
The HMS Victory tour involves climbing several flights of fairly steep steps. A video tour is provided on the Lower Gun Deck for visitors who use wheelchairs or those who are unable to walk around the ship. Please ask at the Visitor Centre for the video tour. To reach the ship, follow the Special Access Route to the Victory Arena then proceed around the front of the ship (keeping the ship on your left). Please ask a member of staff at the bottom of the gangway who will be able to provide assistance up the ramp if required.

We ask that babies are not carried on the ship in backpacks due to low beams.

We hope you enjoy your visit to HMS Victory. We have tried to make the ship as safe as possible but as she is old, we ask that you take special care during your visit. Please pay attention to the safety notices around the ship.

You access HMS Victory at your own risk and we will not be responsible for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with your visit to our site, including for loss or damage to property.

We do not limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or any other liability which cannot be limited or excluded by applicable law.

HMS Victory contains:

  • Steep Stairs
  • Trip Hazards
  • Low Ceilings
  • Narrow & Low Doorways
  • Decks that are slippery when wet
  • Low light levels

Please be aware that:

  • The entrance and exits are low
  • There are low ceilings and beams throughout the ship, but especially on the orlop deck near the place where Nelson died.
  • There are trip hazards throughout the ship, but especially on the upper deck near the spot where Nelson was shot.

If you believe that you may find it difficult to visit such areas, please speak to a member of staff.