Britannia Royal Naval College Open Day

Saturday 8th July - 11pm to 4pm

Members of the public will be able to look around the building and learn about the history of the College and its Royal connections.

Naval training first came to Dartmouth in 1863 when HMS Britannia arrived in the River Dart as a cadet training ship. The college was opened in 1905 and was designed by Sir Aston Webb, whose work also includes the principal façade of Buckingham Palace.  

Numerous members of the Royal family have trained at the College and there are a number of royal artefacts amongst the Britannia museum collection. As Princess Elizabeth, Her Majesty The Queen first met His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at BRNC, just before the outbreak of World War 2.

Lieutenant Commander Gary Mills, BRNC First Lieutenant, said, “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the College for what promises to be a free fun day out for all the family.  

“As well as giving members of the public the opportunity to find out about the training we provide and the role BRNC plays in preparing men and women for leadership roles at sea and ashore, we will also have displays and demonstrations from the wider Naval Service, including weapons and military kit used by the Royal Marines.  

“A number of charities, outside organisations and local traders have been invited to join us to give the event a community feel.”

Admission to BRNC on the day is free. Food and refreshments will be available along with entertainment for children.

Britannia Royal Naval College

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