Talk and Tour: What Sank the Mary Rose?

Type:Talks, Seminiars and Lectures

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3PY

Add Talk and Tour: What Sank the Mary Rose? to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:


Painting of the Mary Rose about to sink in the Solent


19th July 1545, The Battle of The Solent.

The Mary Rose, once the pride of King Henry VIII's fleet of warships, his Army By Sea, engages with the enemy. Within minutes all is lost as the ship sinks.

A distraught King Henry watches first hand from Southsea Castle as the ship is consumed by the waves of The Solent, and much of her crew perish, losing their lives to the murky sea.

The ship and crew are lost, a warship full of weaponry, guns, arrows and bows, not to mention a plethora of personal items belonging to the men onboard. The ship lays at rest beneath the waves for over 400 years, until her famous re-discovery and journey to the surface in 1982.

But what caused the ship to sink?

This unique experience explores the many theories – from human error to poor design, from French cannon fire to bad weather. Explore and uncover the facts and theories which ultimately led to the sinking of the Mary Rose.

Delve deeper into the museum's collection of over 4,000 Tudor artefacts with a memorable tour led by an expert guide. This tour features a behind-the-scenes look at the Mary Rose's Reserve Collection and exterior viewing balcony, not accessible to everyday visitors.

This will be followed by refreshments in one of the museum's exclusive event spaces, and a 40 minute talk which explores the sinking of the Mary Rose, and the many theories that caused the tragedy, with plenty of time for Q&A with your expert guide.

This experience is perfect for history lovers and those wanting to experience something a little more than the average museum visit.

Limited capacity: book now to avoid disappointment.

Please note: the cost of this experience does not include a Mary Rose ticket; the cost of the experience covers entry to The Mary Rose Museum for the day and time of the experience only. Should you with to visit again you will need to purchase a Mary Rose visitor entry ticket.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Tickets - Admission£30.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Opening Times

What Sank the Mary Rose? (24 Feb 2024)
Saturday13:00 - 16:30

What's Nearby

  1. Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Howard (Arundel Cathedral)

    The Cathedral Church for the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

    Built on a hill,…

    24.27 miles away
  2. Arundel Castle & Gardens

    Ancient Castle & Family home of The Duke of Norfolk. Founded at the end of the 11th…

    24.52 miles away
  3. Parham House & Gardens

    Set within an ancient deer park below the South Downs, Parham is one of the country's…

    28.01 miles away
  1. Salisbury Cathedral

    Salisbury Cathedral is a medieval masterpiece, standing for over 800 years. Stepping into…

    35.05 miles away
  2. Lancing College Chapel

    Lancing College Chapel is a magnificent Gothic Revival chapel set in the South Downs…

    35.19 miles away
  3. St Mary's House and Gardens

    St Mary’s, an enchanting historic pilgrim inn, c1450, in the downland village of Bramber,…

    35.26 miles away
  4. Wilton House

    Whether you come to stroll in the grounds, watch your children let off steam in the…

    37.78 miles away
  5. Deans Court

    Thought to have been built in the early C.8th as the Royal Palace from where St.…

    38.34 miles away
  6. Stonehenge and Avebury

    The Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site is internationally…

    41.91 miles away
  7. Nymans

    A garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a…

    43.24 miles away
  8. High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

    Set in the High Weald with wonderful views of the South Downs High Beeches has been…

    44.28 miles away
  9. Painshill

    Painshill is an award-winning 18th century landscape garden where you are invited to walk…

    47.29 miles away
  10. All Saints' Church, Alton Priors

    Mysterious trapdoors, buried Sarsen stones and ancient yew trees

    50.14 miles away
  11. Glynde Place

    Glynde Place is situated at the top of the village of Glynde and has commanding views…

    51.56 miles away
  12. Standen House and Gardens

    Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside…

    51.9 miles away
  13. Dorney Court

    One of England's finest Tudor manor houses set in classic gardens. Family owned in direct…

    52.02 miles away
Previous Next