"The Mary Rose - her heart shell go on" Portsmouth Things to Do Tip by LouiseTopp

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  The Mary Rose
by LouiseTopp

The Mary Rose display is very impressive. King Henry the 8th?s flagship flopped over in the Solent in 1545, when it became overcrowded. It didn?t sink on its maiden voyage, or hit an iceberg!

There have been many attempts to recover the wreck, none being very successful until October 1982. It was brought to Portsmouth & is now housed in a warehouse type building with an orange light shining on it. It?s being sprayed with a water based wax solution - to preserve it for all time. When you go in, you get handed a blue telephone thingy which you hold up to your ear, it speaks several languages; so did a women when I accidentally trod on her foot!

The museum next door houses 1,200 of the artefacts saved by the fine silts of the seabed. They include: bows, leather jerkins, gold & coins, wooden bowls, tankards & game boards like Backgammon that was owned by the normal soldiers & sailors on board. They give a good incite into what Tudor life was like. There are also shoes, caps & wooden combs. There is a display of where the surgeon used to work; according to the display the light wasn?t very good & he used to pull out teeth with pliers! You can also get a chance to pull a replica Tudor longbow, hear how Tudor music may have sounded (groovy, not!).

A small cinema shows you how the Mary Rose might have been, each showing is every hour. Wheelchairs & pushchairs can get in here if you ask; they will open a door for you.

There?s a small shop at the back which has some interesting things. Christmas items are starting to come in like candles & cards. You can get cups & toiletries like soaps etc. There?s a life-size model of King Harry at the door, this place is worth a visit.

Address: Portsmouth Dockyard
Directions: The Mary Rose is one of three historic ships based in Portsmouth and further visitor information, including details of ticket prices and opening hours, can be obtained from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
othercontact: Visitor Centre+44(0)23 9229 5390
Phone: +44(0)23 9275 0521
Website: http://www.maryrose.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 9, 2004
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