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Frequently Asked Questions – Learning

Here are some commonly asked questions regarding learning at the Mary Rose but please don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected] if you have any further queries.

How do I book a visit to the Mary Rose Museum?

Email [email protected] with the details of your school, number of children, suggested date, and type of visit and we will get your booking started.

How much does a workshop cost?

£75, this will rise to £82.50 in September 2024.

What tickets can I get?

Educational groups receive discounted tickets to access the Mary Rose Museum, which start at £5 per pupil, with accompanying adults entering for free. However, we can also offer discounts on multiple attraction tickets if you wish to combine your visit to the Mary Rose Museum with the other sites on the Dockyard.

What is the ‘Discover More’ option?

Our Discover More ticket offers a short introduction to the Museum by one of our Learning Team or expert volunteers. This is a great way to orientate pupils around the Museum, giving them the chance to ask their burning questions. Get in touch with our team to find out more.

Can we book a guided tour?

Yes! If you are keen to make the most of the museum, we can offer a guided tour by a member of the Learning Team or one of our expert volunteers. This can be combined with any of our workshops. Guided tours cost £75.

How many children can I bring?

We cater to all group sizes and will work with you to make the most out of your visit. Our maximum class size is for workshops is 32, but we can run multiple workshops in a day to suit your needs.

How many adults should we bring?

We ask that you follow these ratios:

  • KS1: 1 adult per 5 pupils
  • KS2: 1 adult per 10 pupils
  • KS3: 1 adult per 15 pupils

How many workshops can I do?

You are welcome to do as many workshops as you wish or as time allows! From September 2024 we are offering a discount for groups who book two workshops per class. Contact our team to find out more.

Can I have a pre-visit/recce before my booked visit?

Just bring your order number with you on the day of your recce and you’ll be given up to three complimentary tickets in the Visitor Centre. If you come on a weekend or during the school holidays one complimentary family ticket can be issued.

Do you have somewhere to eat lunch?

During your booking we can book the Dockyard lunchroom for your school. This is a shared space run by Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which can seat up to 100 children. We also have several outdoor seating options, but at this moment in time cannot promise that the weather will make this viable!

Do you have somewhere to store bags and coats?

During your workshop we have space to store coats and bags, but we cannot guarantee that this space will be available for when you are touring the Museum, as those in the booked sessions have priority.

What happens on arrival?

The Mary Rose Museum is located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; entry is through the large gates near HMS Warrior.

There is a space for coach drop-offs outside the Dockyard.

On arriving at the front gate, please be aware that bag checks may take place and can take some time. The Visitor Centre will print your tickets on receipt of your booking reservation number. It is then approximately 10 minutes to walk to the Mary Rose Museum. We do have a buggy for those who need it, but please note that it is volunteer run and not always guaranteed. The Museum itself is fully accessible.

Where can the coach park?

When making your booking we can order a coach parking ticket for you, for an extra cost of £7.50. This allows you to park in any of the city coach parking spaces – specifically those on Museum Road, St George’s Road or in the D-Day Story car park – but it does not guarantee a space.

What is the 4D cinema? Is it part of the trip?

The 4D cinema experience ‘Dive the Mary Rose 4D’ is a fantastic new addition to the museum which tells the story of the excavation of the ship. It is part of the normal visitor route of the Museum running every 13 minutes throughout the day. However, due to limited spaces, it can take up to 30 minutes for a class to complete this attraction. It is important to note that this time will be part of your total time in the Museum in your timetable. If you wish to see this attraction, please let us know beforehand and we will try and ensure that it is incorporated into your visit with minimal disruption. It may be that allowing an extra 30 minutes during your trip will ensure that nothing is missed out.

Can we visit the shop?

You are very welcome to visit our shop during your trip and we can incorporate that into your timetable if required. We are also able to provide pre-packed goody bags or guide books, please contact our Learning Team for more information.

What will the adults be doing during the trip?

We ask that your accompanying adults stay with pupils at all times during your visit, especially when viewing the Museum. Teachers and adults are asked to ensure that pupils behave in the Museum in a way to minimise the risk of accidents or incidents.

Will there be members of the public there during our visit?

Yes, the Museum will be open to the public during your visit. However, if you have booked a workshop you do have access to our Learning Centre which is not open to general visitors and can, dependent upon space and other bookings, be used to store bags and coats during your session.