Suggested Itineraries

History and Heritage Themed Itinerary 1

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Walk through HMS Alliance, the only surviving World War II British submarine, with ex-submariners bringing the experience to life. The Museum is also home to Holland 1, the Royal Navy’s first ever submarine, and X24 the last surviving midget submarine from the WWII period. There are interactive displays, and all the facilities you would expect from one of the Royal Navy’s national museums.

Visit Time:  Approx 1.5 Hours (HMS Alliance guided tour 45 mins)

Open:  Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.30pm
(Plus open on Mondays & Tuesdays during school holidays)

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Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

At Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, prepare to be blown away by the extensive and unique collection of naval weapons; there’s even an atomic bomb. Exhibits are brought to life with dramatic audio-visual effects and interactive hands-on displays. Overlooking Portsmouth Harbour the view from outside is spectacular too.

Visit Time:  Approx 1.5 hour 

Open:  Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.30pm
(plus open on Mondays & Tuesdays during school holidays)

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Combined tickets are available for both the above attractions, and a waterbus service links the two sites and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

 

History and Heritage Themed Itinerary 2 (Not all year round)

Museum of Diving

Located in an old Gun Battery, and operated by the Historic Diving Society, the museum exhibits the best range of military, commercial and recreational diving equipment anywhere in Europe. 

Visit time: Approx 1 hour

Open: Weekends plus Bank Holidays between Good Friday and the last Sunday in October. 11.00 – 16.00 ( last entry 15.30)

www.divingmuseum.co.uk

 

1642 Living History Village - Little Woodham

Step back into the 17th century, and tour the village where the costumed interpreters – the ‘villagers’ – involve you in their daily life. Marvel at the skills of the blacksmith, help prepare timber and admire the craft of the lace-makers and weavers.

Visit time: Approx 1.5 hours

Car & Coach Parking: On-road nearby 

See website for opening dates & times www.littlewoodham.org.uk

 

Hovercraft Museum

Home to the only collection of historic hovercraft in the world. It has over 50 hovercraft - including ones from James Bond movies and the BBC Top Gear hovercraft.

Visit time: Approx 1 hour

Open:  Every Saturday 10.00 - 16.00

www.hovercraft-museum.org 

 

Out, About & Active Itinerary


Waterfront Trail

Walk the 2 mile long trail that links Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower with the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. The trail passes three marinas, and offers panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour and the ships sailing out to sea. 

Trail takes about an hour to walk. Pick up a trail leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre

Wildgrounds Nature Reserve

Follow either of the two marked trails (red or green) through a 67-acre nature reserve, and see if you can spot the woodpeckers, roe deer, butterflies, foxes, squirrels plus a host of other wildlife and fauna. 

Open: Wednesdays through to Sundays 10.00am – 4.00pm March to October

Click here to download Wild grounds trails

www.gosport.gov.uk

Seafront Strolls

Simply stroll along the promenade and the beach at Lee-on-the-Solent which overlooks the Solent and marvel at the spectacular views across to the Isle of Wight. 

Just along the shore, is Stokes Bay which is noted for its remarkable flora and many varieties of birds, while the Gilkicker lagoons are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. This unspoilt natural area is a delight for walkers.


Top 10 things to do in Gosport 

 1.       Step back into the 17th century at Little Woodham

A truly unique place nestled in the Alver Valley, Little Woodham is a traditional 17th century village rich with history and exciting for the whole family. The villagers of Little Woodham take on the roles of weavers, blacksmiths and potters to bring an authentic 17th century experience to visitors.

The village is wheelchair accessible and suitable for dogs, making it a fully inclusive adventure for any family holidaying in Gosport.

2.       Learn to sail

You will find plenty of companies offering sailing and watersports tuition, and the Solent is a fantastic area to sail. Click here to find out who offers what

3.       Explore nature at the Alver Valley Country Park

This country park has a wide range of idyllic activities for visitors of all ages. From the BMX track used by Gosport BMX club to the outdoor play area, children will love exploring everything the park has to offer.

For tourists who like to keep active, Alver Valley is perfect for rambling and even hosts ‘The Wildgrounds’, a local nature sanctuary which features a butterfly meadow, ancient oak pollards and a scenic woodland pond. This area requires a permit but is well worth it for the beautiful sights.

4.       Enjoy Stokes Bay beach

Ideal for water sports enthusiasts, Stokes Bay beach offers paddleboarding and kayak hire, plus a splash park for the little kids.

Visitors can also take in the wonderful views of the Isle of Wight and the beach is one of the busiest sea lanes in the south, making it a perfect place to relax and watch the boats pass.

5.   and Lee-on-Solent beach too
Another picturesque shingle beach in Gosport, Lee-on-Solent is perfect in the summer months to relax, swim, and play.

With truly something for everyone, the beach has zoned areas for swimming, fishing and other water activities and when the tide goes out, rock pools are exposed which are ideal for crabbers and explorers.

With a variety of cafes and restaurants, the whole family will love Lee-on-Solent beach.

6.      Have a round of Golf at Solent Spring Adventure Golf

Enjoy a fun round of mini-golf with the kids. You will find it overlooking the sea at Stokes Bay

7.       Go onboard a submarine

Gosport is proud of its naval history and boasts some truly unique opportunities for tourists to experience it. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is situated inside the only remaining WW2 era submarine, HMS Alliance. This submarine offers visitors the chance to experience every decade of its service, discovering what life was like below the sea through thousands of photographs, documents and artefacts.

Fascinating for all the family, HMS Alliance gives visitors a unique view of Portsmouth Harbour through its working periscope.

8.    Hit the ice

Gosport is home to Planet Ice, one of the UK’s largest chains of ice rinks. The skate rink in Gosport is a perfect family activity for novices and experts alike. If you’re a family who can’t live without the ice, take your own skates for money off. If you’ve never set a blade on the ice, you can still enjoy the activity as a group and learn a new skill!

9.    Discover the fascinating world of undersea diving at the Diving Museum

The UK’s only museum dedicated to diving sits on Gosport’s coast and was voted one of the top six family friendly museums by Kids in Museums, making this a must-see for families visiting the area.

The museum boasts a great range of artefacts, from early helmet diving through to sports diving and diving for science. The museum’s collection even includes diving gear worn by James Bond himself!

The Diving Museum holds a place in Gosport’s heart as the region has been so invested in the development of diving practices – the world’s first helmet diver was from Gosport and several world record-setting deep dives have been undertaken in Alverstoke.

10.   Learn about the weapons used by the Royal Navy at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

The museum located at Priddy’s Hard was for a long time a storage and supply facility of gunpowder and munitions to the Royal Navy. Explosion! offers the human story behind munitions making and details the 200-year history of the region and its people.

Situated on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour, the museum is a fantastic day out for all the family and combines the beautiful views of the harbour with its rich and fascinating history. For those staying in Portsmouth, this museum can be accessed via a water taxi across the harbour, making for an even more exciting experience on the south coast.