Enter this floating museum to learn of the fearsome reputation of the fastest and most powerful warship in the world when constructed.
The HMS Warrior is a 40-gun frigate based in Portsmouth. It was built in 1859. After being restored in the 1980s, the historic ship, which is part of the National Historic Fleet, was transformed into a museum. Find out the history of this magnificent vessel, which developed a formidable reputation across the globe despite never firing a shot in battle.
Climb aboard and take a tour of the ship’s various sections. Learn about its functions from the various displays and exhibits. Initially built to rival the French warship La Gloire, HMS Warrior became the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet.
Try to imagine the conditions for Victorian sailors living on the vessel. Take part in a gun drill and sit at a mess deck table. The museum encourages visitors to touch and try out the various tools and levers onboard.
Enjoy the views of the British Channel from the end of the pier. Stroll along the ship’s four vast decks and speak to docents about the most intriguing parts.
Hear how the ship became outdated and was placed in the reserve, before being put up for sale as scrap. With no buyers, it became a floating oil pontoon for some years and was then restored to its current glory.
Note that the ship is also a popular site for weddings and other functions. Visit the adjacent vessels, the HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.
The site opens daily from morning until late afternoon year-round. Consider purchasing a combo ticket for the many attractions in the harbor. Concessions and family tickets are available.
The HMS Warrior is in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard complex in central Portsmouth. Take a train to Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station and walk along the pier to reach the museum. Go to nearby attractions, such as Laser Quest Portsmouth, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Spinnaker Tower.