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.
10 unique things to do in Gosport as suggested by Damon Culbert from Complete Holiday Homes, self catering holiday cottage rental in Gosport.
1. 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. Helicopter tours
Into the Blue offer sightseeing helicopter tours which are sure to make for an unforgettable experience. Taking off from Solent Airport, tours give excellent views of the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, including an aerial view of Spinnaker Tower on the coast of Portsmouth.
The extended 30 minute tour also gives an exclusive view of Portsmouth’s continuing naval heritage, flying over the historic dockyard and ship building site which is still active today.
Capable of flying groups of 3, helicopter tours from Lee-on-the-Solent are great for families or groups to see all the sights the Portsmouth coast has to offer.
3. 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. Hill Head beach
Ideal for water sports enthusiasts, Hill Head beach offers sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing for adrenaline-seeking visitors.
The beach is shingle and divided by wooden groynes. 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. Lee-on-Solent beach
Another picturesque shingle beach in Gosport, Lee-on-Solent is perfect in the summer months to relax, swim, fish 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. Hampshire golf courses
There are over 100 golf courses across Hampshire, making it the perfect place to visit for enthusiasts of the sport. With great coastal access and a number of vast national parks, Hampshire golf course have a lot to offer and make for a fantastic day out whether you’re a novice or a dedicated player.
Some notable courses in Gosport include Lee-on-the Solent, Fleetlands and Gosport & Stokes Bay.
7. Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Portsmouth 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.
Built in 1945, the 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.
Fun for all the family, HMS Alliance is situated in Gosport and gives visitors a view of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard through its working periscope.
8. Planet Ice
Gosport is also 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. 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. 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.