The D-Day Story

About The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story is a must-see for every family. The story of this momentous moment in World War Two is told in three distinct parts and ensures there is something for all ages.

The visit starts on-board the enormous LCT 7074, the last surviving Landing Craft Tank that took part in the D-Day Landings, large enough to have carried up to 10 tanks and their crew members at a time. The vessel arrived off Gold Beach in Normandy late on D-Day, and put its tanks ashore the following morning. It then spent months carrying more tanks, men and supplies across the Channel to help liberate Europe.

LCT 7074, is now home to the museum’s Sherman Grizzly and Churchill Crocodile tanks. On-board visitors can learn about the landing craft’s history and the tanks it carried, thanks to interactive touch-screens, video and sound. Moving to the upper deck, you are taken back in time, moving through the wheelhouse, officers’ quarters and galley, then it’s up to the bridge and gun deck for stunning seafront views.

The second part of the visit is inside the museum itself where you will experience Preparations’, as you find out about the planning of D-Day and how those in charge made the crucial decisions around when and where to cross the channel. Next is ‘D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy’. Here, compelling audio-visual displays show what it was like to be on a landing craft and give an insight into the thoughts of those before the big day and how the day unfolded on each of the beaches.

The third part of the visit is the grand finale – the spectacular Overlord Embroidery and Legacy Gallery! The impressive 83-metre-long embroidery, longer than the Bayeux Tapestry, was created to commemorate people who took part in D-Day. Hear the Veterans personal stories, giving their reflections on their wartime service. A central gallery, giving the impression of an artist’s studio and explains the techniques used to create the embroidery and an opportunity to learn more about those involved in its creation.

The museum is open 10am-5pm, seven days a week. For updates and to purchase tickets go to theddaystory.com

Opening times – daily 10am – 5pm (5.30pm April – Sept).
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

During the annual Victorious festival in August, the museum is open to festival ticket holders only.

Tickets are available at the door, or you can save if you buy advance tickets online

VisitorOn the doorOnline
Adult£15.95£14.35
Senior
(aged 60+)
£12.70£11.45
Students and children
(aged 5 to 17)
£8.00£7.20
Family
(up to 2 adults and up to 3 children)
£39.75£35.80
Under 5sFree

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ConcessionsOn the doorOnline
Disabled adult visitor
(personal assistant/carer receives a free ticket)
£12.70£11.45
Disabled senior visitor
(personal assistant/carer receives a free ticket)
£10.20£9.20
Disabled child visitor
(personal assistant/carer receives a free ticket)
£6.40£5.75
Portsmouth Leisure Card40% discount on full price
Veterans of the Second World WarFree
Serving members of the Armed Forces£12.70
Group discountsCharge
Adult group rate
(groups of 15 or more)
£12.75
Senior group rate
(groups of 15 or more)
£10.15
Child group rate
(not as part of school/formal education visit, eg scouts, guides, language schools
– groups of 15 or more)
£6.40
School and formal education group rate
(schools, colleges, universities)
£5.23

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Annual pass

All standard and disabled tickets can be upgraded at the museum to an annual pass for a fee of £6.75 for adults, £3.45 for children, £6.50 for seniors, and £11.75 per family, subject to terms and conditions.

Why should I visit?

    • Discover the fascinating history behind the last surviving LCT to take part in the Normandy landings including it’s post war role as a floating nightclub!
    • See the impressive 83 metre Overlord Embroidery and learn about the people involved and techniques used to create it.
    • Tackle the interactive family trail Resist! Solve the clues around the museum and onboard LCT 7074 to help the French resistance.
    • Discover a variety of objects and vehicles including a LCVP Landing Craft, DUKW amphibious truck and Sherman Barv recovery vehicle and the personal stories behind them.
    • Hear Veterans stories providing a personal insight into what it was like to be involved on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Facilities

Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Gift shop
Hearing loop / hearing aids available on request
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us

Address

The D-Day Story
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
Hampshire
PO5 3NT

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By car

The D-Day Story is located on Clarence Esplanade on Southsea seafront. Follow the brown tourist signs from the M275 or A2030 (Eastern Road). There is a pay and display car park next to the D-Day Story. Travelling from the Isle of Wight the D-Day Story is a 10-15 minute walk from the Hovercraft, a 5 minute drive from the car ferry and a 35 minute walk from the Isle of Wight Fast Cat service.

By train

The nearest train stations are Portsmouth & Southsea or Portsmouth Harbour, there are regular buses from both train stations to Southsea Shopping Centre which is a 10 minute walk from the D-Day Story. Travelling from the Isle of Wight the D-Day Story is a 10-15 minute walk from the Hovercraft, a 5 minute drive from the car ferry and a 35 minute walk from the Isle of Wight Fast Cat service.

By bus

From Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station get the number 23 bus from The Hard Interchange, Portsmouth (M) and get off at Clarendon Road, Southsea which is a ten minute walk from The D-Day Story.

Kids activities

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  • Lots of hands on displays for children!
  • THE events programme has exciting family activities.
  • See a real tank and landing craft up close!

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