Have you visited our new shop yet? Well... if not, we are about to persuade you to! Our shop situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is surrounded by some incredible things to see and do... so why not make a day of it!
The Nautical Itinerary
Get to us in a flash on the train... South Western Railway run frequent trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, with a journey time of only 90 minutes. There are also regular services to and from Southampton Central with links to the South West and the West country. Portsmouth Harbour train station is only 200 yards from the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Coming by boat? We offer our Click & Collect at Sea service which allows water bound visitors to pick up their Arthur Beale booty whilst moored up directly outside in the Historic Dockyard - a very unique experience! If you fancy stopping a little longer Gun Wharf Quays Marina offers both short and long term mooring with great views across the Historic Dockyard
The Mary Rose Museum
The Mary Rose was the flagship of Henry VIII that served in his fleet for 34 years before sinking during the Battle of the Solent in 1545, with the king watching from nearby Southsea Castle. Her remains were raised in 1982, and are now on display along with thousands of the original objects recovered alongside the ship, giving a unique and moving insight into life in Tudor England. She is the only ship of her kind on display anywhere in the world.
Visit the legendary HMS Victory
The Royal Navy's most famous warship is right on our doorstep, best known for her role in the Battle for Trafalgar. When you visit HMS Victory, you'll see the spot where Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson fell with an engraved plaque marking the spot. HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway has just recently opened to the public, enabling visitors to descend to the base of the dry dock to view the 3600 ton ship from below!
Take some time to relax in the Porter's Garden
The perfect place to enjoy a picnic or simply a peaceful place to relax in between sightseeing. Set in the original 1754 site next to the Porter's Lodge.
Dine with a view at Boathouse 4 Restaurant
Boathouse 4 is just a stones throw from Arthur Beale. Newly renovated, it is home to a contemporary brasserie with amazing harbour views and modern nautical decor.
Go back in time to 1860 aboard HMS Warrior
As soon as you step on-board, the story of the great event will unfold before you. New spaces including the captain’s cabin and galley have been reinterpreted to reflect how it was 156-years ago. Authentic set dressing you can touch transports you to another time when the grandeur of Queen Victoria’s favourite ship ruled the waves.
A bite to eat in the Ship & Castle (and may be some rum for good measure)
This great pub offers an extensive menu of delicious food, with views across the harbour to top it off! Situated directly outside the Victory Gates and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the imposing facade of the Ship & Castle has tempted many weary sailors over the years with the promise of good hospitality.
...and do pop by and see our new shop whilst you're here!
At just over 3000 square foot, our beautiful new premises offers enough room to showcase our vibrant history alongside our vast collection of chandlery, clothing and nautical giftware.
Our shop is located at:
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,
HM Naval Base,
Entry to the Historic Dockyard itself, including visiting Arthur Beale, all other shops and restaurants is free.
Some of the fantastic nautical attractions on offer, including HMS Victory, do charge admission, however great discounts are available if you are visiting multiple attractions, which we highly recommend.
Make a weekend of it...
With so much to do, why not make a weekend of it! There a several great hotels in close by to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard... or for the true adventurers among you why not pop over the Solent to the Isle of Wight and explore the wild beauty this coastline has to offer.