HMS Victory is nearing 25m visitors

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HMS Victory is approaching 25 million visitors – with a prize awaiting the person who passes the milestone.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has been counting visitors on-board since the warship opened in 1928. It attracts 350,000 guests a year.

The historic visitor will be welcomed aboard by Victory’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Rod Strathern, and the director general of the museum, Professor Dominic Tweddle.

They will also win tea with Lt Cdr Strathern, a personalised tour of the ship and the dock bottom, plus a tot of rum in the officers’ mess.

A visit to HMS Victory is part of a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and there is a limited ticket offer running until Sunday, September 2 where every child will receive free entry into the attractions when with by a paying adult.

For full details of the events programme and ticketing details visit