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Families at the Mary Rose

Planning on bringing your crew to meet ours this Summer?

Step back in time at the Mary Rose this summer!

"Brilliant all round. Kids loved it."


Mary Rose Family

Discover life in 1545 with real Tudor objects, ranging from cannons to nit combs, recovered from Henry VIII's favourite ship, the Mary Rose! 

From handling tables and interactive displays to our amazing light show that brings the ship to life, not to mention our great activities, there's something for children of all ages at The Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

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
Can't make it to Portsmouth?
There's no reason to miss out, download our worksheets and models and experience some of the world of the Mary Rose at home!

What's On this Summer?

Monarchy Mondays (plus a few other days of the week!) 01 Aug - 23 Aug 2022
Meet Henry VIII!

See England's most infamous monarch!

Meet legendary Tudor king, Henry VIII, at the Mary Rose Museum this summer.

The king could be sauntering through the historic dockyard, checking up on his beloved ship the Mary Rose inside the museum or joining in with the summer activities.

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Tudor Gun Drills - August 02 Aug - 31 Aug 2022
Hit the target this summer!

A Tudor Gun Crew had to be fast, strong and accurate on board the Mary Rose, especially when firing at the enemy! Are you up for the challenge this summer?

Join us and our replica Tudor gun to see if you've got what it takes.

Gun Drill Dates;

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Tasty Tudors 09 Aug - 12 Aug 2022
What did they eat on the Mary Rose?

Having a well fed crew is important to keep everyone fit for fighting, that's why the crew of the Mary Rose were well fed!.

Find out what the crew would have eaten, make your own model of a tankard and discover exactly how much beer they drank every day!


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Totally Tudor Games 16 Aug - 18 Aug 2022
Fun and Games 16th Century Style!

Ever wondered what the Mary Rose crew did for fun?

Join us at the Mary Rose Museum this summer to try your hand at some of their favourite games, including Nine Men's Morris and Backgammon, both discovered on board the ship!

This activity is free with a valid Portsmouth Historic...

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Meet the Jester 17 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
Japes with Devilstick Peat!

It's all fun and games at the Mary Rose Museum with our Jester Devilstick Peat! 

A magician, juggler and all around entertainer, the Jester had to keep Henry VIII happy…or else!

Come and see him perform this summer and maybe learn a trick or two.

This activity is free...

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Colourful Calligraphy 23 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
Get creative with a Tudor-style Quill and Ink!

Only rich officers on board the Mary Rose could read and write. Join us this summer for our colourful calligraphy activity and make your own bookmark.

You will be the envy of your crew!

This activity is free with a valid Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ticket.

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This is just some of the exciting activities and events coming up this summer

Find out more on our events page!

More upcoming events
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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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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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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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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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. Please note walk up tickets are more expensive than tickets purchased online

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.