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When you step on board HMS Victory, it is 14th September 1805 and the ship is in preparation for Trafalgar and ready to sail from Portsmouth. See Victory through Nelson's eyes throughout, with his flagship presented as she was in her Georgian heyday. Soak up the atmosphere as the ship and her crew get ready for the Battle of Trafalgar, see where sailors and officers ate and slept, and fully feel the drama and impact of the day that changed history forever.

The Dry Dock

For the first time ever visitors exit from the hold into no.2 dry dock.

Hardy's Cabin

Welcome into Captain Hardy's cabin, HMS Victory, available to view and dressed as working space for first time.

The Poop Deck

For the first time ever, visitors can ascend to the Poop Deck and see stunning views of the naval base and surrounding Historic Dockyard.

The Orlop Deck

It was to the cockpit on Victory’s orlop deck that Nelson was brought after being shot. As the battle was waged around him, the Vice-Admiral was made as comfortable as possible, living only long... more

The Lower Gun Deck

The lower gun deck contrasts sharply with the Great Cabin. Here, amongst Victory’s heaviest guns, 460 men slept and 600 took their meals.

Original Gun

Victory is home to eight of the original iron guns she carried at Trafalgar. This 24pdr, displayed on the middle gun deck, weights 3.3 tons and required a gun crew of twelve men.

The Galley

Food at sea was incredibly important – the operation of a ship, from firing the guns to hoisting the anchor, relied upon the crew being fit and healthy, which meant they had to be well fed. It was... more

The Quarter Deck

The quarter deck was the ship’s nerve centre. It was from here that officers directed operations. During the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson and Captain Hardy paced this deck, and it was here that Nelson... more

The Great Cabin

For the majority of her career at sea, Victory served as a flagship – she was home to an Admiral who commanded a fleet of warships. The Great Cabin was the Admiral’s living quarters, and actually... more

Foremast section

Victory’s lower masts are now made of iron, but those she carried at Trafalgar were constructed from pine held together by complex joints and large iron hoops. Victory’s masts were badly damaged at... more