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: Every Day April – Oct. 10.00am – 5.30pm
Nov. – March 10.00am – 5.30pm (Closed Monday& Tuesdays except school holidays)
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: April to Oct. daily 10.00am – 5.00pm
Nov. – March open Saturdays & Sundays only 10.00am until 4.00pm
Combined tickets are available for both the above attractions, and a waterbus service links the two sites.
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)
1642 Living History Village
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
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
Out, About & Active Itinerary
Gosport Ferry Ltd. operates summer cruises around the Solent from June to September providing an affordable and leisurely sight-seeing tour for visitors to enjoy the historical beauty of Portsmouth Harbour, Solent Forts, Cowes, Ryde, Beaulieu, Hamble, Needles, Yarmouth, Southampton Water and visiting cruise ships.
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
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.