HMS Warrior 1860
HMS Warrior 1860
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
As you arrive at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the stunning sleek, black lines of Britain's first iron-hulled, armoured warship, take your breath away. Warrior, launched in 1860, was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day and had a profound effect on naval architecture. Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet within a few years she was obsolete. Restored and back at home in Portsmouth, Warrior now serves as a ship museum, monument, visitor attraction, private venue and more.
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  • Denise Kimberley
    Worcester, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Back in the day?!
    The crew in character and costume all believe they’re still in the 19th century and are expecting imminent deployment too patrol the channel and keep the French for on misbehaving!! This made the visit extra special!! Enjoy😁👍
    Denisekinberley, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations! Thank you so much for your positive comments about our team on HMS Warrior! We hope to welcome you back soon. ^AP
    Written 1 June 2023
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    Visited June 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Stacey R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience
    Meeting one of the Stocker men on board today (12.06.23) really made our visit worth while. He was amazing, have us lots of information on what life was like on board the Warrior for all of the crew and how his job worked. We learnt so much from him that we probably wouldn’t have learnt if we had to read signs as we walked around.
    W6676gxstaceyr, we're happy to hear you had such a positive experience with our team! Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! We hope to welcome you again soon. ^SF
    Written 17 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Andy
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational, informative and fun
    Far and away my favourite of all the exhibits we saw at the historic Dockyard. The ship itself is interesting in as much as it featured many new innovations for the time but what made it special and brought the whole thing to life were the actors portraying crew members. These guys were incredibly knowledgeable but put the information over in a fun and interesting way and were able to pick up on a question that was asked and give a comprehensive answer.
    Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^SB
    Written 2 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Ibrahim G
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's rather large with a fair bit to see
    As with other boats safety was pointed out before getting on board. trip hazards and deck and low ceilings. There was some work going on in a small section of the upper deck of the boat but this didn't take away from the experience. There were some staff on board in character, in the locations they were most likely to be on the boat, if you wanted ask questions. This is a huge boat with a variety of different decks to visit and bits to read. I think my autistic son enjoyed the size and going up and down the steps to the various locations.
    Ibrahim G, thank you for sharing your positive experience! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit to HMS Warrior and that our team were helpful. We hope to see you again soon. ^RH
    Written 26 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • louise monaghan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and memorable experience.
    My husband is fascinated by all things nautical so I agreed to visit HMS Warrior with him and was expecting to simply endure an hour or so of historic facts and rather dreary exhibits. What I wasn't expecting was for history to be brought to life and made memorable by a brilliant interpretation of a naval officer - Lieutenant Fisher. Not only was he authentic but also incredibly entertaining and funny! This kind of experience really does make history so much more digestible and I think more museums should take HMS Warrior's lead. And as if our time with a naval officer wasn't enough, below deck the harsh reality of a stoker's life were made real by Stoker Tamlin. A gritty, forthright and grim interpretation that contrasted so brilliantly with life above deck. A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and memorable experience. Thank you!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • jean s
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Grand Day Out
    One of the many superb attractions HMS Warrior is a credit to the dockyard. We had a fabulous day and as ever were historically entertained by the crew of 1860 who bring the ship to life. we felt we had travelled back in time and made firm friends with Ltn Fisher, his rapport was excellent - knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. Truly brought history to life. The ship itself is an historic gem maintained to a high standard well done everyone and thank you,
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Kathryn P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a Ship
    I had a lovely day at HMS Warrior, Mr Fisher was excellent company with a wealth of knowledge and good humor. He showed us around the decks explaining how everything worked. We were then received by the engineer who again had excellent knowledge of the ships engines and other areas. Both guides stayed in character for the whole day which was amusing. Loved it and would go again.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Tommy W
    Wokingham, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    We recently visited HM Warrior. I have to say that we were impressed by the ship but more so by the crew we met, Mr Fisher and the stoker. Mr Fisher’s knowledge of the ship and the era was amazing and he answered every question in great detail. He did the gun drill and rifle drill, two of the adults were permitted to actually hold the guns and the ship and the way the guns work was explained fully. Needless to say the two adults had a great time and reverted to being children!!! The stoker involved the children asking them questions and explaining details comparing answers to experiences they could alike to in their lives - such as food rations and working in the heat. All in all a very educational and interesting day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Demothesis
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour
    Viewed the Warrior as part of the Ultimate Shipyard Ticket. Really fabulous ship, but what made it for us was the actors on board sharing their ‘on ship’ experiences. Really good fun and a great visit.
    Demothesis, thanks for your praise and kind comments about our team. Thank you for letting our team know how we did! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Take care! ^SF
    Written 3 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • EJ1990167
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and entertaining visit - great crew and staff
    It's been a dream of mine to visit the ship and it certainly didn't disappoint. Imposing and impressive from the outside, it was fascinating inside and every single member of the crew or staff were helpful and knowlegable. Despite having read about this ship I learned so much while there. Standout hit was the in-character crew, we ended up having a long and detailed conversation with one of the gun crew which was thoroughly enlightening.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and thank you for your kind comments about our team. We will ensure your feedback is shared with our operations team. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon! ^SF
    Written 20 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 December 2023
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Frances B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic!!
We met with station 27 leader Mr knight.
His knowledge was phenominal regarding the ship and the day to day life aboard.
When you are in the company of someone who not only knows thier subject but is so enthusiastic, it is catching. We learned so much.
I recommend this trip to all who venture to the Historic Dockyard
Written 16 March 2024
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Hello there! Thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team! Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there's anything more we can do! ^NH
Written 19 March 2024
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Coral F
Guildford, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
What a fabulous ship. So much to see especially when you ask the volunteers for the history, and special thanks to the ‘in character’ crew. We hope the stoker recovers quickly and gets to The Stoker’s Arms soon! Fabulous!
Written 3 March 2024
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your kind comments about our team. We hope to welcome you again soon! ^SF
Written 4 March 2024
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Lisa T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I was reluctant to go at first as I wanted to go on HMS Victory (we only had time for one more!) but I am so glad we did. You could wander around freely and enjoy every aspect of the ship. The best bit though, that made this such a great experience, were the character crew. They were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and completely in character. They knew the 'big' stuff but also had so many anecdotes that were funny, interesting and informative. We spoke to the lieutenant for ages and he was amazing, I could have listened to him all day! Excellent attraction!
Written 25 February 2024
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Hey there, Thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team! Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit. If you have further needs or questions, please reach out! ^NH
Written 26 February 2024
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EJ1990167
London17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It's been a dream of mine to visit the ship and it certainly didn't disappoint. Imposing and impressive from the outside, it was fascinating inside and every single member of the crew or staff were helpful and knowlegable. Despite having read about this ship I learned so much while there. Standout hit was the in-character crew, we ended up having a long and detailed conversation with one of the gun crew which was thoroughly enlightening.
Written 19 December 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and thank you for your kind comments about our team. We will ensure your feedback is shared with our operations team. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon! ^SF
Written 21 December 2023
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1,759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
HMS Warrior is one of the lesser known exhibits at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, but still a "must visit" to anyone at all interested in naval/social history.

There is a "free flow" system around the ship, but also professional reenactors and voluntary guides.

Fascination ship, well laid out, and you can easily imagine what life on board was like as well as understand the significance of the Warrior. Made much better by on board guides.

(There are quite steep steps on board and very limited head room).
Written 29 November 2023
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Hello! Thank you so much for the positive review! We hope to be of service to you again in the future. All the best. ^NH
Written 30 November 2023
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Emma T
Southwater, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited HMS Warrior on a rainy November morning using our Ultimate Explorer ticket (well worth the money). We were lucky enough to have a guided tour from one of the volunteers, Mike Hill. The ship is beautiful in its own right but Mike made such a difference to our visit. He’s extremely informative, fun and full of facts that we wouldn’t have learned had we walked round alone. Our experience was made fantastic thanks to Mike and he literally bought the ship to life. Thank you Mike, you really made our visit to this beautiful ship.
Written 9 November 2023
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We appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback! Thank you for your kind comments and we hope to welcome you again soon. ^SF
Written 14 November 2023
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Sab T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Myself and my family went on the HMS warrior this afternoon and met leftenant Fisher (name of the character I think) he took me, husband and our 5 year old son around for a walking tour kept my son entertained and interested in the history of the ship for well over a hour and was so kind bringing out the weapons for our son to see answering any questions we had. Was lovely to see someone so interested in their job and looking after visitors so well give this man a raise!
Written 29 October 2023
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Your satisfaction is our top priority and we're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us! We can't wait to see you again, have a great day. ^SF
Written 14 November 2023
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The first ship that you come across in the Historic Dockyard, it is quite a steep climb up the gangplank to get on board, but certainly worth it.
Britain's first iron-hulled warship, now over 160 years old but still in great condition.
Many original artefacts on board as well as several guides who are ready and willing to give fascinating historical details.
Magnificent!
Written 24 October 2023
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We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did and we hope to see you again soon. ^SF
Written 14 November 2023
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Karen W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We would like to say a special "Thank you" to the stoker onboard the HMS Warrior who, at around 2.30pm this afternoon, told us in fascinating detail about his life stoking the boilers below deck . Not only our children, but my husband and I, along with other enthralled visitors were gripped with tales of his gruelling daily duties.
Written 23 October 2023
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Thank you for letting us know how we did! Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit. We will ensure your thank you is shared with the team. We sincerely thank you for the positive review, and look forward to seeing you again soon! ^SF
Written 14 November 2023
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Michellechampers
England, UK3,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The warrior is my favourite ship on HMS dockyard Portsmouth, because it’s relatively relaxed, not hidden behind glass or limits to touch or walk on, you can get a guided tour, or just spend time on board getting the real feel of this amazing Victorian war ship,go down deep in the hull, you can see the iron metal works, and the nuts and bolts that hold it together, see the beds or the hammocks the crew slept on, feel the weight of the ropes on the rigging, it really is a step back in time.
Written 2 October 2023
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Hi Michelllechampers, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at HMS Warrior. We're happy we could meet your expectations! We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^NH
Written 4 October 2023
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