Heritage & Culture

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Gosport is a place where history and heritage come to life; from beautiful listed buildings, fascinating museums, living history and award-winning gardens, to ramparts, forts, historic trails, interactive exhibitions and boat tours – you won’t fail to be amazed at just how much there is to see and do on the peninsula.

The Town’s beaches played an important role as D-Day embarkation points and Fort Blockhouse’s long association with the Submarine Service continues today through the presence of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

Priddy’s Hard Armanents Depot and Royal Clarence Yard ensured that the Naval fleet were kept supplied with weapons and stores. Today Priddy’s Hard is home to Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower and the stunning architecture of Royal Clarence Yard remains a key feature of its redevelopment for waterfront living, sailing and leisure marine industries. Follow the Millennium Waterfront Trail to see these sites at first hand and enjoy spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour to the modern day Naval Base and Historic Dockyard.

Along the Waterfront you will also find Timespace and Holy Trinity Church, as well as the award-winning ales of the Oakleaf Brewery .

Further inland is the magnificent Fort Brockhurst; one of a number of fortifications built during the mid-nineteenth century and which still has many of its features unaltered. Another hidden gem is the 17th Century Living History Village, tucked away on the fringe of the Alver Valley. Hugely popular with all those that visit, both sites have restricted opening hours, so make sure you check out their websites or contact the Tourist Information Centre when planning a visit.

If you cross the peninsula to the coastal locations of Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent, not only will you enjoy the best views of The Solent on the south coast, you can also visit the newly-opened Museum of Diving and explore the history of the Hovercraft.

The historic village of Alverstoke, close to Stokes Bay, is also definitely worth a visit. Follow the Alverstoke Trail to take in the beauty and history of this special place, which include the eighteenth century Crescent gardens and Stoke Lake.

If you fancy something a little different, then take to the air or water to enjoy a Harbour tour. Atlas Helicopters, based at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent, provide tours of the Harbour; giving a bird’s eye view of the Naval Base, historic attractions around the Harbour and even the Spinnaker Tower itself. Alternatively, Solent Cruises offer a 40-50 minute tour, departing from Gunwharf Quays, or you can purchase a multi-site ticket to visit historic attractions on both sides of the Harbour and make use of the connecting waterbus service.

In the Town Centre, the SEARCH museum and Gosport Gallery play host to a range of national exhibitions and interactive displays throughout the year. Visit the Events Calendar for more information on the current and upcoming programme.

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