Exploring The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Hey Guys,

Now, I am the first to jump at the opportunity for a bit of an adventure, to learn something new and for a bit of exploring. So when the chance came up to visit a new city and create content around an exciting exhibition, I couldn't wait!
I was kindly invited to Portsmouth to explore the wonderful Mary Rose Museum. Set within Portsmouth's Historic DockyardI had a great time learning all about this fantastic ship. From Henry VIII to all of the crew members (even the ship's dog) up until it's sinking and eventual excavation!

Keep reading to explore the hidden treasures along with me. Make sure you stay to the end, where I will be sharing a super special 25% off entry code with you!

Wasn't she beautiful?

(There are four theories as to why the Mary Rose sank, which you can read about here on the Mary Rose webpage.)

Regardless of why she went down, it is because of a 1982 excavation project led by amateur diver and military historian Alexander McKee, that she exists in the form you see today. The ship was only partly preserved (right down the middle) due to the sea bed protecting it from all those pesky sea critters, who don't like the cold dark seabed. I kind of wish there was a Parent-Trap style ending where the Mary Rose meets her American sister at a summer camp and they reunite... alas, wishful thinking. 

You can probably see how dark my images inside are. Fun fact: this is in order to preserve the ship ruins, as harsh lighting can cause premature damage. In fact, the ship has been treated with a special wax wash that helps to preserve and hold together the delicate wood. This is one of the many fun things I learned about the ship from one of the many lovely volunteer workers who are dotted throughout the museum with interesting stories and answers to burning questions. 

Although we had no children with us, it seems like this would be a fantastic trip to take with kids! Not only would they be learning a lot, but there were many hands-on elements within the museum to keep them occupied. For example, this bow and arrow replica - which was not as easy as it looks! Katniss Everdeen, move over! There were also many touch-screen displays providing more information and some even had fun games to play. My favourite was the distance ship shooting.

After a few hours exploring the museum, we were kindly invited to dine at the lovely Boathouse #4 Restaurant and Bar. Set within a real working boathouse, we were greeted by the smell of sawdust and sanding as boats were brought to life before our very eyes. The restaurant overlooks a shipping harbour - the perfect nautical scenery for my fish and chips (which, fyi, were the best fish and chips I've had in my life!)

When visiting Portsmouth, I highly recommend taking a look into the Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose Museum. There are also some other great attractions such as the Spinnaker Tower and the sea-front fun fair and walks - which I will be writing about very soon!

Discount for my readers
As a kind gesture to everyone who reads this, the Mary Rose Museum would like to offer a 25% discount when purchasing tickets online (usually 20% online)
The offer will run until the end of September 2019.

Use code: Eboni25 in the coupon box at checkout. 
There’s no limit as to how many times you use code or how many tickets you purchase. All tickets last for a year.

I hope that discount code is an added bonus and incentive for anyone wishing to visit Portsmouth. Make sure to keep up with my Instagram account where I will be posting my favourite "Instagrammable" locations of Portsmouth, alongside this similar blog post (for all you snap-happy millennials out there!)

Eb x
all images of Eboni by Hebe Richardson (@drinkswithhebe)

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