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Families at the Mary Rose

Planning on bringing your crew to meet ours this winter?

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The Mary Rose is the ideal fun family day out in Portsmouth

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Discover life in 1545 with real Tudor objects recovered from the Henry VIII's flagship. From handling tables and interactive displays to our amazing light show, not to mention our great activities, there's something for children of all ages at The Mary Rose.

The Mary Rose isn't just an ship, it's a time capsule, preserving life in Tudor England. 500 years is just a heartbeat away from a great family day out.

Mother and Son on Top Deck
Trail Booklet
Prepare for adventure!

Experience the Mary Rose’s miraculous story in a whole new way with a new interactive trail for families.

Based on the book "You wouldn't want to sail on the Mary Rose", this trail book is packed with activities to do both in the museum and after your visit! 

Downloads For Families
Things to Make and Do!
Download our maps, worksheets and models to enjoy before, during and and after your visit!
EXPERIENCE 1545 - When their world ended

NEW FOR 2021!

Re-live the final moments on board the king's favourite ship in our new experience for 2021!

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Family fun all year round!

There's always plenty for families to enjoy at The Mary Rose.

Some events may need to be curtailed to ensure that we adhere to the very best of health and wellbeing routines during your visit, due to COVID-19

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Reckon you have the strength to pull a Tudor longbow?

Henry VIII's archers had to shoot 12 arrows in a minute - could you manage that?

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See the Mary Rose come to life!

Experience life on board the Mary Rose through our amazing light show, showing both war and peace on board a Tudor warship!

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Dare you visit the surgeon's table?

The Mary Rose carried a surgeon to deal with all the injuries the crew faced. Get closer to his tools, and discover how they were used - not for the faint-hearted!

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Can you Foil the French?

There are plenty of interactive touchscreen games at The Mary Rose, allowing you to feed the crew, fight the French and even listen to musical instruments only found on the ship!

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Meet Hatch!

Say hello when you see Hatch, the ship's dog whose skeleton was found outside the carpenter's cabin!


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Dress like a Tudor!

Our dressing up area is popular with all ages, so why not see how you'd look sat on the throne?


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The Mary Rose Today

If you visited the Mary Rose on a school trip in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s you may have memories of through sprays and either getting wet or trying to look through misted-up windows at what you could just about make out as a Tudor warship.

We've changed a lot since then, The sprays were turned off in 2013, the artefacts are now in a state-of-the-art museum and the ship is easier to see and understand, with new displays, lights and sounds!


Please be aware that for the safety of our visitors we have a 100% bag search policy. All bags, buggies and mobility scooters must be kept with you at all times.

The historic dockyard site and the museum itself are fully accessible to buggies and pushchairs, and the museum has baby changing facilities. Lifts are available to move along the visitor route.


Although eating and drinking are not allowed inside the museum itself, the Mary Rose café offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, as well as freshly made food.

The café has highchairs available and staff will be happy to warm bottles for baby feeding.

Nursing is permitted throughout the museum.


The lighting within The Mary Rose is kept low to create a stunning atmosphere and display, as well as helping protect the delicate collection of objects within the gallery showcases.

For visitors with visual impairment or autism, relaxed opening mornings are held monthly. More information can be found at the link below.

Blue Peter badges

The Mary Rose Museum is one of over 200 attractions around the UK that Blue Peter badge holders can get into for free. 

To gain free entry, each child (under 16s only) must have a badge and valid badge card and free entry is only available when a full paying Ultimate Explorer ticket is purchased (adult or concession). Not available online or with any other discount or special offer. Excludes special ticketed events. Blue Peter Badge must be produced at time of purchase. Tickets must be purchased from the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard only

Find out more on the Blue Peter website.

More information about visiting the museum

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Maps and trails
We have a number of useful maps, trails and other downloads that can help enhance your visit to the Mary Rose.
If you have any further questions about visiting The Mary Rose please do not hesitate to contact us.

+44 (0) 23 9281 2931

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We're signed up to the Kids in Museums manifesto, which means we strive to make everyone feel welcome to the museum.

What is the Kids in Museums Manifesto?

Our Manifesto is a set of simple guidelines for museums created with children, young people and families. It sets out what they feel makes a museum a great place to visit.