Frequently Asked Questions | The Mary Rose
Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get to the The Mary Rose?

The Mary Rose is located within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, in Portsmouth on the south coast of England.

See here for directions!

How much is a ticket to visit The Mary Rose?

See here for ticket information to book tickets for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

What time is the Mary Rose open?

The Mary Rose opens at 10am every day (excluding 24th-26th December) and closes at either 5pm (November - March) or 5:30pm (April-October)

Last entry is 45 minutes before the museum closes.

Opening Times


How long does it take to go around the Mary Rose?

We recommend spending between 1.5 -2 hours to get the most out of the museum, although you may spend more or less time depending on your schedule.

Do we get to go on to the ship?

No. Only 40% of the Mary Rose's hull survived the 437 years she spent under the sea, and she is extremely fragile. Our conservation team are the only people who are allowed on to the Mary Rose, and even then only in special circumstances.

Can I bring my dog?

Sadly, due to Ministry of Defence bylaws no animals, except for assistance dogs, are permitted onto Portsmouth Naval Base, which includes the Historic Dockyard.

Is the Mary Rose suitable for children?

There is plenty for children to enjoy during your visit to The Mary Rose, and our life on board projections on the ship have proven very popular with our younger visitors..

Find out more on our Families page

Is there anywhere we can leave bags?

Because the Historic Dockyard is part of a working naval base, you are not able to leave luggage anywhere on site. Unattended items may be confiscated or destroyed by the MOD police.

Can we take photographs inside the museum?

We encourage all visitors to take personal photos, and share them with us via social media. However, flash photography is not permitted, as this can be harmful to the artefacts, as well as disturbing other visitors.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone inside the museum?

We ask that you have your phone switched to silent for the duration of your visit, to avoid disruption to other visitors’ experiences.

Is there a set route around the Mary Rose?

The museum was designed to have a one-way system, starting on the main deck, going down to the lower decks then up in our panoramic lift to the upper decks, before exiting.

We do not recommend going off the visitor route, as this can cause congestion at busy times. It can also lead to areas of the museum being missed out, as certain parts can only be accessed by following the visitor route.

What is accessibility like at The Mary Rose

Full accessibility information can be found on our accessibility pages

Do you have an Audio Guide?

An Audio Highlights Tour is available in 8 languages on our website, at

We ask that you use headphones when listening to the audioguide.

Can I use my Blue Peter Badge?

The Mary Rose 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).

More information can be found HERE