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Dive into The Dockyard...

We know we are a BIG site – 80 acres to be precise! But that’s a whole 80-acres for kids to explore and get really hands on with history. To help you get the best out of your visit, we have put together a list of some of the top things to do on your family day out this summer.

Don’t forget your ticket lasts for 12 months, so there’s no need to tackle everything in one visit.


Soft play area opening times: 

  • Monday – Friday: 10am-2pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am-3pm

Get stuck in ...

Sound the Octo – Alert!

Join the Captain’s Cat crew and become Admiral of the Fleet

Marvel at historic locos on our Railway Weekends

Make your own piece rope in the Victorian Ropery

Be a spy and peer through the periscope of a submarine

Join the Dockyard workers in some green screen fun

Try your hand at pipe bending in No.1 Smithery

Ring the bell of a Second World War destroyer

Take command of a Victorian sloop

Tuck into Fish & Chips in the Mess Deck

Play dress up in Steam, Steel & Submarines

Learn about sea safety with the RNLI’s historic lifeboats

Let off steam in our outdoor play areas

Enjoy an ice cream in the Garden

Delve deeper in our interactive galleries

Where to eat, play and use the loo...


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4 Historic Warships

....including the Namur, our ship beneath the floor


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