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Enjoy an exclusive VIP Experience at The Mary Rose

Afternoon tea for two at the Mary Rose

Available on the following dates;

  • Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September
  • Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September
  • Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October


Enjoy a unique experience at The Mary Rose & Boathouse 4 this summer.  New for 2023, guests can now enjoy an afternoon treat starting with a guided tour of The Mary Rose, and then afternoon tea at Ruth Hanson's Boathouse 4, where you will have views out to the Solent and HMS Warrior.  

Guests will then make their way down to the museum where their guide will take them round on a guided tour. Discover the largest collection of Tudor objects anywhere in the world, and marvel at Henry VIII’s pride and joy, his beloved Mary Rose.  She lay under the Portsmouth Sea for 437 years before being raised, treated, and conserved into the awe-inspiring piece of Portsmouth history you see today.  Guests can also experience 'Dive the Mary Rose 4D' our new multi-sensory cinema experience. 

After their tour, guest will then make their way down to Boathouse 4, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, for afternoon tea.  Provided by our on site caterers Baxter Storey, afternoon tea includes:


  • Coronation Chicken Brioche Roll
  • Brie & Red Onion Chutney Brioche Roll
  • Smoked Salmon & Lemon Cream Cheese Sandwich
  • Egg & Cress Mayonnaise Sandwich
  • Warm Dockyard Pork Sausage Roll Bite


  • Fruit Scones
  • Clotted Cream
  • Strawberry Preserve


  • Chocolate & Orange Battenburg
  • Mini Victoria Sponge
  • Lemon Posset with Vanilla Shortbread

Explorer Hot Beverages

Unlimited Tea and Coffee

This experience can be booked for 2 people per table, and 3 tables per session.  Sessions start at Midday and afternoon tea is served for 2pm in Boathouse 4.  Please allow 3 hours for this experience.  Tours will be shared with others booked onto this experience, this will be a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6. 

Please get in touch regarding dietary requirements - we have a number of special options available, e.g. vegan. Bookings are non-refundable or transferrable. 

£95 for two people

The Ultimate Mary Rose Ship Hall Experience

Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up-close and personal with the Mary Rose!

An exclusive, behind the scenes VIP tour into the Weston Ship Hall, home of King Henry VIII’s ship, our Ultimate Ship Hall Experience gets you up close and personal with history, smell the timbers, experience incredible-up close views and learn directly from our team of conservation experts.

This experience is like no other, including access to areas within the museum and collection which have never before been accessible to visitors. Go behind the scenes, explore the collection, spend time with our experts and enjoy our hospitality with this brand new and exclusive package.

£300 per person

VIP Reserve Collection Experience

Entry, tour and exclusive behind the scenes access!

Access to the Mary Rose Museum, a guided tour, and entry to our reserve collection with a knowledgeable member of our collections team. 

Marvel at the wreck of the Mary Rose and discover her and the crew’s story at the Mary Rose museum, then head behind the scenes to our reserve collection, where you can get up close with a host of unique artefacts not normally on display. Tea & Coffee will be provided in our private Wardroom, which has views overlooking HMS Victory.  Please get in touch with your preferred dates if you are interested in this experience 

No entry ticket for the Mary Rose required, this is included.  This will not include entry to any other attractions on site, an additional ticket will be required.  Allow 2.5 hours for this experience. 

£150 per person

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 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

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Date: February 2018