About 24 minutes from park
Main Rd, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3PYVisit Website
Whether you love the idea of being at sea or you’re obsessed with the Tudors, the Mary Rose Museum will definitely not disappoint! The star of the show is, of course, the Mary Rose: a magnificent wooden warship commissioned by Henry VIII in the early 1500s. After over 30 years of service, it sadly sunk just offshore in 1545 whilst defending the coastline from invading French ships. The Mary Rose lay at the bottom of the harbour for centuries before being salvaged in 1982 – an iconic event which was shown live on TV and watched by millions around the world! As well as admiring what’s left of the ship’s hull by gazing into the huge, temperature-controlled water tank it’s now kept in, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in 16th century life thanks to the thousands of objects which were also recovered from the seabed. From everyday items like crockery and lanterns to war mementoes such as hailshots and arrows, they all help paint a vivid picture of the Tudor period.
The Mary Rose Museum is part of the Historic Dockyard and located just minutes from Portsmouth city centre. If you’re approaching the city from the north along the A3, follow the signs for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. You’ll spot parking 400 metres from the entrance. Alternatively, why not use the Park & Ride facility available just off the M275?
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big