The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story has recently re-opened following a £5 million transformation project (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund). The museum tells the story of D-Day in World War Two – from the preparation and build up, to the landings on the beaches in northern France and the Battle of Normandy.

This compelling story is told through the perspectives of the people involved, using authentic objects, interactives and video. Dynamic displays of the D-Day beaches and iconic landing craft will transport you back to the Battle of Normandy. The displays are interactive to appeal to all age groups.

Based on ordinary people working together to achieve the extraordinary, The D-Day Story features the experiences of men, women and children.

The legacy gallery features the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. A new 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.

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

Admission price 

Adults
£10.00

Seniors
£8.00

Child (aged 5-17)
£5.00

Family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children)
£25.00

Why should I visit?

    • See the impressive 83m Overlord Embroidery and experience the new gallery where you can learn more about the people involved in creating the embroidery and the techniques they used.
    • Period vehicles including LCVP Landing Craft, DUKW amphibious truck and a Sherman Barv breakdown recovery vehicle.
    • Approximately 500 historical objects that help to tell the story of D-Day.
    • Hear the Veterans stories which will give you a real insight into what it was like to be involved in 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
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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 right outside the Museum.

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!