National Museum of the Royal Navy and Mary Rose come together in collaboration in the wake of COVID-19 closure to provide an improved visitor offer.
The alliance will herald a revitalised approach to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard brand and will be a huge boost to both organisations who have experienced serious financial impact from enforced closure.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to reopen on 24 August 2020 with the new ‘Ultimate Explorer’ ticket. All tickets will go on sale from 12pm 6 August 2020.
Pre-booking is essential, with limited time-slots available.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site will reopen on 24 August 2020 with an all-new ‘Ultimate Explorer’ ticket, meaning that visitors are able to include a visit to the Mary Rose alongside all of the other attractions, including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, as many times as they want for a year. All tickets will go on sale from 12pm 6 August 2020 via the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website.
Visitors, who hold existing 12-month tickets for either Mary Rose or Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, will still be able to use them as per their original terms and conditions.
Both organisations have agreed to extend tickets to account for the closure of the sites due to COVID-19. For the first six weeks after tickets go on sale, existing ticket holders will also be eligible for a time-limited reopening upgrade deal. This means that they can upgrade their Mary Rose or PHD ticket to a new ‘Ultimate Explorer’ year-long ticket’ for 30% less than the face value.
Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Dominic Tweddle says “Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has changed its offer a number of the times over the years, and indeed the Mary Rose Museum has been part of a joint ticket in the past. What is important is that we want to leave our visitors with extraordinary experiences and lasting memories and that means that we are always reviewing what we have to offer and seeing if we can improve it”.
Chief Executive of the Mary Rose, Helen Bonser-Wilton says “For both organisations this is about more than joint ticketing, this is a shared collaborative approach which spans both businesses and enables us to work together to operate, market and improve the dockyard. Our aim is to encourage more people to visit the Dockyard, to visit Portsmouth and to enjoy the incredible naval and maritime history we share”.
When the dockyard reopens, it will be with both organisations working together. A range of new tickets will be available, a new look brand will be launched and both organisations will work in unison to offer a simplified and safe day out for the residents, and visitors of Portsmouth.