Submarine Guided Tours

  • HMS Alliance ready for patrol HMS Alliance ready for patrol
    Go on board Britain’s only surviving WW2 era ocean going submarine with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. With new dressing, lighting, noises and even smells inside...
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Events

  • Busy Boats Bay Busy Boats Bay
    Busy Boats Bay: An amazing play and explore zone for children aged 5 and under.

    Please Note - Busy Boats Bay is closed due to a serious problem with power supply to the building that will...
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  • In memory In memory
    The Submarine Museum and HMS Alliance are the memorial for the Royal Navy Submarine Service. At the Museum there is a dedicated Area of Remembrance listing every submariner who has given their lives...
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News

  • Visitors 1st July
    There will be limited entrance to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum attractions and galleries on 1st July between the hours of 1pm-3pm, this includes disruptions to the waterbus service, please check ahead...
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  • Memorial Garden
    From 17th June – Friday 24th June areas of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum’s Memorial Garden will be closed to the public, this is due to an exciting new garden being planted in the area. This project...
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  • Royal Navy Museum Submarine Re-launched Royal Navy Museum Submarine Re-launched
    The UK’s only nuclear-powered museum submarine has a bright new future after a ceremonial re-launch in Plymouth Naval Base.

    Former head of the Royal Navy Admiral Sir Jonathon Band (retired)...
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  • A coconut in the post! A coconut in the post!
    What is the strangest thing you have ever received in the post? How about a coconut? That’s what happened to Jean Stone in the autumn of 1947 when she received a coconut from her then boyfriend navigator...
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  • Submarine Shop Submarine Shop
    From submariner essentials to unusual submarine related gifts, our Submarine Shop has a great online range of books, pictures, badges, pins, clothing and collectables.

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Visitors 1st July

There will be limited entrance to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum attractions and galleries on 1st July between the hours of 1pm-3pm, this includes disruptions to the waterbus service, please check ahead before travelling.

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Memorial Garden

From 17th June – Friday 24th June areas of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum’s Memorial Garden will be closed to the public, this is due to an exciting new garden being planted in the area. This project has been generously funded by the Friends of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum as part of wider improvements to the site. We look forward to welcoming you to visit the new garden once complete.

Royal Navy Museum Submarine Re-launched

DR160076001 Courageous re-opened by Admiral Jonathon Band  2016

The UK’s only nuclear-powered museum submarine has a bright new future after a ceremonial re-launch in Plymouth Naval Base.

Former head of the Royal Navy Admiral Sir Jonathon Band (retired) cut the ribbon to the face-lifted Cold War submarine yesterday (Tuesday) to herald the next milestone in its thriving career as a tourist attraction and a newly-announced part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s (NMRN) heritage collection.

As Head of the Trustees of the NMRN, Admiral Band announced to 100 guests at Devonport Naval Base that a new memorandum of understanding between the Devonport Naval Heritage Collection (of which the decommissioned submarine is part) and the Portsmouth-based NMRN had been signed. This, and the relationship between Plymouth City Council Museums and the Devonport Naval Base Heritage Centre, gave the collection new potential.

He said: “I am now able to announce a much closer link between the Devonport Heritage Collection, including Courageous, and the National Museum In Portsmouth. This has been developed to ensure that such an important collection can be properly exploited and developed and better opened to a wider local, national and international audience with access to new streams of funding and professional support.

“It heralds an exciting future and helps to make a reality of our contribution to the new City of Plymouth flagship History and Arts Centre. The signing of the memorandum of understanding will help ensure the Devonport Naval

Base heritage continues to find its rightful place on the agenda and continues to play an increasingly important part in all that Plymouth can offer.’’

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: “We are delighted to be forging closer relations with Plymouth. Both of our cities are synonymous with the Navy. We look forward to working with this hugely important heritage collection which will remain in Plymouth. We will help the heritage centre and its volunteers to attract more visitors. Our formal affiliation with Courageous is the first step.”

Courageous has been open 14 years and attracted 300,000 visitors having been transformed by volunteers from a retired shell to a fascinating museum and tribute to Royal Navy submariners.

The main driving force behind this unusual attraction is former Courageous serving sailor Michael Pitkeathly. His achievement was marked by a new submarine museum building next to Courageous being named after him and unveiled as the submarine was opened.

Tours of Courageous can be booked by calling 01752 552 326.