Visit Gosport and you can find out what lurks beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Here you can take a tour on-board HMS Alliance Britain’s only surviving Second World War era ocean-going submarine and discover what it was like to live and work on a submarine.
Learn about the weapons used by the Royal Navy at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. This award-winning museum contains weapons used by the Navy throughout the centuries and is housed in the 18th century buildings of the Navy’s former armaments depot.
These two museums are part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and are linked by the Waterfront Trail it is a walking trail that runs for two miles. The trail offers spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour, and takes in the Falkland Gardens and the ‘Timespace’ sundial en-route.
The Museum of Diving was voted one of the top six family-friendly museums in the UK, 2015 and its exhibits cover all aspects of diving from underwater sports and spear fishing to military, commercial and scientific research diving. There is plenty of diving equipment on display, including some used by James Bond!
You can find more James Bond equipment at the Hovercraft Museum. The Museum has the hovercraft that featured in the opening chase sequence from ‘Die Another Day’ starring Pierce Brosnan. You'll discover a range of hovercraft: military ones, sports ones and a huge cross channel one, plus ones that have featured in the Top Gear, Scrapheap Challenge and Salvage Squad TV programmes.
Moving away from the maritime theme, step back in time with a wander through the 1642 Living History Village and see ‘villagers’ dressed in period costumes demonstrating the skills of the blacksmith, lace-makers and weavers.
You can find out more about Gosport’s history at the Gosport Discovery Centre.
17th Century Village: 1642 Experience
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.
The village is on the edge of the Alver Valley, why not make a day of it – bring a picnic...
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...
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 pl...
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...
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.
Gosport Discovery Centre
In Gosport town centre you’ll find The Discovery Centre, The Museum on the Mezz, The Gosport Gallery and SEARCH. These venues are next to each other in the High Street, and host a wide variety of exhibitions and events. 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...