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The Mary Rose

The legendary ship of King Henry VIII still provides adventure and intrigue to those who seek it 500 years later.

A legend in its own right, The Mary Rose is one of the most famous ships in the world.

In 1545, as King Henry VIII watched from Southsea Castle, the ship sank, taking hundreds of lives (along with its secrets) to the bottom of the Solent.

Fast-forward a few hundred years and, in 1982, the ship was raised following a huge operation of divers, archaeologists and scientists, bringing with it a snapshot of Tudor life and making even more history in the process.

Men of the Upper Deck Gallery ©Hufton+Crow

©Hufton Crow

Following extensive conservation and the creation of a purpose-built museum in Portsmouth, you can now visit the ship for yourself and learn about the lives of the people aboard. From the structure itself to the thousands of day-to-day items of the Tudor-era, it’s an insight into a world from Tudor life 500 years ago.

The museum holds a huge amount of activities and workshops throughout the year (for kids and adults alike), check out the website to see the latest events in their calendar.

One event to check out for 2019 is the ‘The Many Faces of Tudor England‘ exhibition, running until December 2019. Using state of the art research and techniques, the Mary Rose team have brought a snapshot of some of the crew into the 21st-century – what they looked like, what they ate, who they were – a fascinating look at life on board.

The Mary Rose, Main Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3PY, United Kingdom

023 9281 2931

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