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Historic Dockyard listed in top 3 most visited attractions

March 20, 2024

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been named in the top forty UK visitor attractions according to The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) figures for the third year in a row. The dockyard also features in the top three visited paid attractions outside of London, behind Stonehenge and the Roman Baths.

The total number of visits in 2023 to the attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, operated jointly by the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Mary Rose Trust, was over 870,000. This was a 21% increase on the previous year – beating the national increase of 19% across other attractions.

Matthew Sheldon, Interim Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy said:

“We are thrilled by the significant increase in visitor numbers, reflecting a growing appreciation for our iconic attractions and immersive experiences.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard celebrates the rich maritime heritage of the United Kingdom and we couldn’t continue to offer a world-class visitor experience without our partners, supporters and amazing team of staff and volunteers.”

Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust said:

“We’re proud to be one of the top three visited paid attractions outside of London, showcasing how much Portsmouth has to offer as a destination.

Our Ultimate Explorer ticket gives visitors a year of unexpected experiences and enables them to return again and again – ensuring they see everything the Dockyard has to offer. We continue to support our local community through various activities including donating over 10,000 Ultimate Explorer tickets to families with children who receive free school meals.”

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has also been shortlisted in the Museums + Heritage Awards for Partnership of the Year, for the joint operation of the dockyard between The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Mary Rose Trust, and Best Use of Digital – UK for Dive the Mary Rose 4D.

These awards celebrate the very best in the world of museums, galleries, and cultural and heritage visitor attractions.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a captivating journey through centuries of maritime and naval history, featuring iconic ships such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and the Mary Rose. With engaging exhibitions, interactive displays, and immersive experiences, the dockyard attracts visitors from around the globe and serves as a cultural landmark in the heart of Portsmouth.

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