The Royal Navy Submarine Museum

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Step into the secret world of the submariner at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, and explore what life was really like in the Silent Service.

The Museum includes guided tours of HMS Alliance, the only surviving World War II era British submarine, where ex-submariners bring to life the experience of living below the waves. The Museum is also home to three other submarines: Holland 1, the Royal Navy’s first ever submarine, X24, the last surviving British midget submarine from the WWII period, and a German Biber midget submarine.

The kids can try their hand at keeping a submarine buoyant, fighting the enemy and getting to grips with the science behind a sonar ping in the interactive science gallery.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

This award-winning museum is located in historic 18th century waterfront buildings which formerly were the Royal Navy’s armaments depot.

Using interactive and audio-visual displays, the Museum tells the story of naval armaments through the ages. The collection includes cannons & guns, shells & munitions, mines, torpedoes and modern missiles. There's even an atomic bomb.

Ideal for visitors of all ages, the Museum also runs a year-round programme of events and activities.

The Museum is part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.


Hovercraft Museum

The Hovercraft Museum based in Lee-on-the-Solent is home to the world’s only collection of historic hovercraft. Based on the former HMS Daedalus site at Lee-on-the-Solent, the Museum currently has 75 hovercraft including a hovercraft that featured in the opening chase sequence of the James Bond movie 'Die Another Day'.

The annual HoverShow draws thousands of visitors and has become a regular feature in the diary of enthusiasts and local residents alike.

The museum is not open everyday, so please check their website for opening times..  TEST

Diving Museum

Diving Museum

Dive in and see a fascinating collection of diving equipment covering all aspects of diving; recreational, commercial and military including equipment used by the Royal Navy and James Bond. The Museum is housed in a former Victorian Gun Battery, and outside in the grounds you will find an intriguing display of diving chambers and diving bells that look like they have just landed from outer space.

For the kids, there are trails and quizzes, and activities such 'dress the diver', and 'sink the penny diver'.

17th Century Village

Little Woodham

Step back to the 17th century, specifically to the year 1642 at 'Little Woodham'.

This fascinating living museum recreates village life from the period. Tour the village and let the costumed interpreters – the ‘villagers’ – involve you in their daily life. Observe the skills of the blacksmith, help prepare timber and admire the craft of the lace-makers and weavers, or stop off at the local ale-house.

Gosport Discovery Centre

Gosport Museum & Art Gallery

In Gosport town centre you’ll find Gosport Museum & Art Gallery, which hosts a wide variety of exhibitions and events. These range from art exhibitions showcasing the works of the finest local artists to major exhibitions featuring collections from Gosport and Hampshire and prestigous collections loaned from national museums.

You'll also find a diverse range of events running throughout the year, ranging from theatrical productions and childrens fun days to fascinating talks and art workshops.

Currently the venue is having a major refurbishment, but will re-open later in 2022

Royal Clarence Yard

Powder Monkey Brewery Tour

Housed in a historic 1800s former gunpowder store, on this tour you can learn the story of the Powder Monkey Brewery. You will be shown the ingredients that make up the beers and the different aspects of the brewing process, plus get to sample the different styles of beer. Tours need to be prebooked.
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Royal Clarence Yard

Royal Clarence Yard

Royal Clarence Yard is an historic area of Gosport dating from the early 1800's that used to supply the Royal Navy with it's meat, bread, biscuits and beer. Many of the original buildings from that period remain, including: the Pump House (now a thriving cafe), the old forge, the Engine House, Flagstaff Green, the Ceremonial Arch, the Granary, the Bakery (now a restaurant & bar) and the Slaughterhouse.

Today, visitors to the area will be able to enjoy the cafes, bars and restaurants on the waterfront with their dramatic views across the harbour, or call into the craftsmens' workshops and artists' galleries to buy a unique souvenir of their stay.

Royal Clarence Yard is also just a short walk from Explosion! Museum. Just cross the pedestrian Millennium Bridge over Forton Lake.


The Waterfront Trail

The 2mile (3km) Waterfront Trail links Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower with the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, and offers stunning panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour. Pass by the marinas and watch all kinds of ships and boats sailing in and out of the busy harbour. This useful trail map points out places of interest and their history on the route - Click here to download trail

If you need some refreshment en-route, then divert into Royal Clarence Yard where you will find a selection of waterfront bars, cafes & restaurants to sustain you.

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church

Located close to the waterfront and just a few minutes walk from the Gosport Ferry, Holy Trinity Church is an imposing red brick building housing a beautifully light and spacious interior. Built in 1696, the church has a rich history and there are a number of guides on the website providing a wealth of information. The Church is perhaps most famous for it’s Handel organ and the striking Bell Tower, which was added to the building in 1887 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The church is open to visitors and runs a programme of recitals and concerts throughout the year.