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The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose

There’s something about holding an event in a unique historic venue; it brings a very distinct atmosphere and makes an undeniably special backdrop, and of course, it’s an ice-breaker, giving your guests plenty to talk about. The Mary Rose is no exception; Henry VIII’s warship has a new lease of life not only as a Tudor maritime museum but also as an exclusive venue for weddings, Christmas parties, private dinners, and business meetings and events for up to 150 guests.

The number of events held on the Mary Rose are limited, adding to that exclusivity; it’s done to protect the hull from too much wear and tear, but it makes you realise – five centuries of history, wow, this is very special! What makes it even more so is the location; the ship sits right on the water’s edge in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and all guests have access to the Bridge Balcony to admire the views across the harbour. You can even host a lunch on the Balcony for up to 18 people.

The Mary Rose really comes into its own for evening events when soft lighting adds to the ambience and makes a wonderful setting for meetings, conferences, awards ceremonies, presentations, seminars, drinks receptions and private dinners. The Admiral’s Gallery takes some beating for drinks and canapes for up to 130 guests, theatre style events for 120, or banquets for 100; all around you are fascinating collections from Tudor life on board this vessel, including pewter plates and musical instruments.

You can also host a dinner for 20-50 guests on the upper deck in the ship hall overlooking the Mary Rose, or in the Wardroom which seats 18. Treat 10-45 guests to an evening tour, with champagne and canapes, or hold your Christmas party here; just picture it - decorations and twinkling lights, such an amazing atmosphere! The events team will help with the organisation of your event and will be there until the last guest has gone home, they’re that dedicated, and it’s worth knowing that the venue can recommend approved caterers, so you know the food is going to be excellent.

Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Dining or sipping champagne within feet of a 16th century warship? Especially one as famous as the Mary Rose, but it’s possible, and you have the opportunity, so go on, make it happen.

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Venue The Mary Rose
Capacity 130 guests
Address Main Road
H M Naval Base
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3PY
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Packages (3)

The Mary Rose - Mary Rose - Exclusive Lunch

Mary Rose - Exclusive Lunch

  • Guests: 20 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £69.95 per person
  • Description & Details

    The Wardroom Suite at The Mary Rose is an exclusive space for private lunches for between 10 and 18 guests, with porthole-style windows overlooking Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory.

    Personal guided tours of the museum can be followed by champagne on the Bridge Balcony with its spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour, the Navy’s modern warships and the historic HMS Victory.

    A personally selected, two-course menu for £69.95 showcases Hampshire’s best seasonal ingredients.

    It’s a very special combination for a personal celebration or a business lunch - or just because you can!

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The Mary Rose - Christmas at the Mary Rose - Dinner

Christmas at the Mary Rose - Dinner

  • Guests: 100 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £74.95 per person + vat
  • Description & Details

    Eat, Drink and be Merry at the Mary Rose this Christmas

    Travel back in time for a magical Christmas filled with hundreds of twinkling white lights, Christmas carols dating back hundreds of years, and delicious festive food and drink, all set against the evocatively-lit hull of the magnificent Tudor warship, the Mary Rose.

    A Christmas drinks reception or elegant dinner on the Upper Deck will feel almost like being on the ship itself, with guests separated from the mighty timbered hull of the Mary Rose only by a waist-high glass balustrade..

    Our Christmas Dining Package includes, private access to the Mary Rose exhibition, mulled wine upon arrival, a three course festive menu served in either the Upper Deck or Admirals Gallery with a drinks package to go alongside.

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The Mary Rose - Meetings at the Mary Rose

Meetings at the Mary Rose

  • Guests: 18 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £36.95 per person + vat
  • Description & Details

    Set in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with spectacular views over the harbour, The Mary Rose Museum is enveloped in maritime history. Stroll through the cobbled streets of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and past HMS Victory, or jump on your own private buggy for a speedier arrival at this extraordinary venue space, which sits on the water’s edge.

    The Wardroom Suite looks out through porthole-style windows across the dockyard towards HMS Victory. Its focus is a giant oak table – perfect for meetings or seminars and even better for prestigious lunches for up to 18 guests.

    With full multi-media facilities and tech support on hand, The Wardroom has all the convenience of a modern meeting space, but is set in the prestigious environment of the museum, complete with bespoke tours for delegates who would like to know more about the Mary Rose

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Please note that advertised packages are guideline prices and subject to availability and number of guests attending.

Function Rooms & Event Spaces (3)

Mary Rose - Admirals Gallery - The Mary Rose

Mary Rose - Admirals Gallery

  • Max Capacity: 130
  • Full Details

    The Admiral’s Gallery overlooks the evocatively-lit hull of the Mary Rose and showcases some of the finest artefacts of the collection. Pewter plates, Tudor musical instruments, shoes and cauldrons, all help paint a picture of the lives of those who sailed on board Henry VIII’s historic warship.

    This unique space can host up to 100 guests for a seated formal dinner, and has a dance floor and space for a disco or live music for a party atmosphere with a difference.

    Capacity

    • Reception: 130
    • Theatre: 120
    • Banqueting: 100
    • Dinner & Dance: 80
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Mary Rose - Upper Deck - The Mary Rose

Mary Rose - Upper Deck

  • Max Capacity: 50
  • Full Details

    The atmospheric Upper Deck, our premium events space, is open to the Mary Rose, her sights and her scents, separated only by a waist-high glass balustrade.

    It’s a sensationally evocative spot. Set against the softly-lit backdrop of the hull of the ship, it’s impossible not to be impressed. As a canvas for an Upper Deck corporate dinner or presentation, the Mary Rose evokes an atmosphere which is truly unique.

    The Upper Deck can host drinks, with intimate round-table dinners or galley-style celebrations for up to 50 guests

    The space twinkles with hundreds of soft white lights, while stunning floral displays and crisp white tablecloths add to the elegant atmosphere.

    Capacity

    • Banqueting: 50
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Mary Rose - Wardroom Suite - Meeting - The Mary Rose

Mary Rose - Wardroom Suite - Meeting

  • Max Capacity: 18
  • Full Details

    The Wardroom Suite looks out through porthole-style windows across the dockyard towards HMS Victory. Its focus is a giant oak table – perfect for meetings or seminars and even better for prestigious lunches for up to 18 guests.

    With full multi-media facilities and tech support on hand, The Wardroom has all the convenience of a modern meeting space, but is set in the prestigious environment of the museum, complete with bespoke tours for delegates who would like to know more about the Mary Rose

    Capacity

    • Boardroom: 18
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Venue Features (7)

  • AV Equipment
  • Disability Access
  • Family Friendly
  • In-house Catering
  • Local Public Transport
  • Outside Space
  • Wi-Fi Access