Venue Hire and Events at the Mary Rose | The Mary Rose
Venue Hire at The Mary Rose

Set in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the Mary Rose museum is an unique venue that will make any occasion unforgettable.

King Henry VIII’s pride and joy and her stunning collection of objects create the perfect backdrop for any event. From informal and intimate to bespoke and inspiring, the museum's variety of spaces for hire will suit any event you have you mind. 

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It was an evening that everyone will remember for a long time. Attention to detail was perfect and we were kept up to date throughout the planning and arranging process. Once again thank you to everyone for making our Christmas Party a night to remember.

Sam Watson, Triangle Information Management Ltd., Christmas Party, December 2016

Enhance your event

Why not add a little extra to your event with an exclusive behind-the-scenes  tour, or a talk or tour with one of our expert museum guides.

Get in touch to find out more.

How your event helps us.

Holding your event at the Mary Rose helps to fund the work of the Mary Rose Trust, who work constantly to ensure that the ship and her treasures are protected for future generations, as well as our research which is helping other heritage sites around the world

Events Packages

We have four main events spaces for you and your guests to enjoy.

Private Hire of the museum

Dinner on the Upper Deck

Dine alongside the Mary Rose herself, with uninterrupted views of the ship from our intimate and atmospheric upper deck.

Enjoy complete access to the museum after hours with a welcome drink whilst discovering our unique collection.

Our expert museum guides are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about the collection or ship.

A truly unique dinner you and your guests will never forget.

Hire Times - 18:30 – 23:00

Capacity - 50

Venue Hire - £2,200+ VAT (excludes any catering costs)

Private Hire of the museum

Drinks Reception & Canapes

Have complete access to the museum after hours to yourself. Stroll round the atmospheric galleries after dark whilst enjoying a glass of wine, fizz or a soft drink.

Our expert museum guides are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about the collection or the ship.

The most memorable drink you’ll ever have!

Hire times - 18:30 – 21:00

Capacity - 350

Venue Hire - £2,200 + VAT (excludes any catering costs)

The Wardroom

Surrounded by maritime history, the multi-award winning Mary Rose is no ordinary meeting space.

Our Wardroom suite is an ideal location in which to hold a meeting. Guests can also enjoy access to our Bridge Balcony, which offers wonderful views of the ever-changing dockyard.

Hire times - 09:00 – 17:00

Capacity - 16

Venue Hire - £550 +VAT (excludes any catering costs)



The Museum staff on the night were excellent and several of our guests have remarked on this.  We hadn’t realised that volunteers in costume would be there but they brought something special to the event and were so knowledgeable and helpful.  We were very pleased with the quality of the food and the professionalism of the staff.

Susan Brown, Birthday Celebration Dinner, November 2017

We'll be there for you

Our dedicated Events Team will be on hand from the moment you book until the last guests leave. We are delighted to help, advise and ensure your day goes smoothly.

Please contact the events team for further information or to arrange a viewing.


Here at The Mary Rose, we are proud of the relationships we have established with our approved caterers and we are delighted to recommend them to you for your special day.

We currently work with a single approved caterer, who would be happy to discuss your event with you:

VIP Experiences

Are you interested in booking a bespoke VIP event?

We offer a range of experiences from behind the scenes tours to once-in-a-lifetime trips into the Ship Hall.

Booking/further information

To find out more, organise a viewing or make a booking, just fill out the form below, or call us on +44 (0)23 9281 2931

What our clients say


The staff were fantastic during the planning and on the night. The Museum is very well laid out and very clean. The catering was outstanding – the Canapés were to die for and so beautifully presented.

Emma Elderfield, Wilkins Kennedy, Networking & Drinks Reception, June 2017

Event type:

Date: February 2018