Visit Gosport, and you can find out what lurks beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Step into the secret world of the submariner on-board HMS Alliance - Britain’s only surviving Second World War era ocean-going submarine. Here you will discover what it was like to live and work on a Royal Navy submarine.
You can learn all 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, which are housed in the impressive 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 which is a walking trail that runs for two miles and offers spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour.
The Museum of Diving was voted one of the top six family-friendly museums in the UK. There is plenty of curious diving equipment on display, including the world’s first diving helmet on loan from the Science Museum plus equipment 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. The Museum houses a large 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. Meet and talk with the ‘villagers’ dressed in period costumes as they demonstrate the historic skills of the blacksmith, lace-makers and weavers.
You can find out more about Gosport’s diverse history at the Gosport Discovery Centre.
Sailing & Watersports
Whether you are already a keen sailor or want to learn - Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent are ideal for your sailing or watersports vacation.
Boat/yacht hire, sailing tuition, marinas – all with deep-water access, fishing trips, wind-surfing, kite-surfing and jet-skiing are all available so there is something for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
With such great facilities, and easy access to the international sailing waters of The Solent, it’s not surprising that world-class sailing stars such as Alex Thomson and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Clipper Ventures base themselves here.
You will find a range of self-catering properties and hotels for crew accommodation, plus plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants for those evening trips ashore.
Gosport Ferry Ltd operates relaxing summer cruises around the Solent from June to September. These leisurely boat cruises are a great way to enjoy the sights of Portsmouth Harbour, Solent Forts, Cowes, Ryde, Beaulieu, Hamble, the Needles, Yarmouth and Southampton water.
From tiny tots and teenagers to mums, dads and grandparents – Gosport & Lee-on-the-Solent offers a fantastic range of family activities.
The beaches at Lee-on-the-Solent and Stokes Bay offer swimming areas and great watersports opportunities, so a day on the beach will delight all ages.
Lee-on-the-Solent seafront has a children’s play area, a skate park, seafront cafes and restaurants and plenty of places to get an ice cream!
Stokes Bay seafront was voted one of the 10 best places for a picnic in the UK, plus there is an adventure golf course, children’s splash park and plenty of open spaces that are excellent for kite flying or walking along the beach.
Away from the beach, you can experience high octane Go-Kart excitement at the indoor Team Sport Karting track. Fans of ‘Dancing on Ice’ should get their skates on and head for the Planet Ice rink. Right next door, is the Gosport Leisure Park with its swimming pools, sports hall, health & fitness studio, dance studio, 5-a-side football pitches and a crèche/soft play area. If BMX is more your thing, then head for Gosport BMX track which hosts regular races and events throughout the year.
The Discovery Centre & Gosport Gallery in the Town Centre hosts a great variety of art exhibitions, events and children’s activities throughout the year.
To find out more visit www.discovergosport.co.uk