Gosport Marina

Gosport Marina

Just a four minute ferry ride from Portsmouth, Gosport offers beautiful views across the harbour and features lovely beaches, historic attractions and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. The town is home to three marinas and you can learn all about Gosport's maritime history at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower and the Museum of Diving. Alver Valley is home to plenty of scenic walks and the 17th Century Living History Village. You can also see the area from the air with a helicopter ride or take to the water on a choice of harbour tours. For family fun, enjoy an afternoon of go-karting at the town's race track.

Gosport Ferry

Gosport Ferry

Gosport has an excellent programme of events including the Gosport Big Day Out annually each June. Enter the talent show, take a vintage open top bus ride or have fun at a range of free activities at Stokes Bay. For foodies, there's a great choice of independent restaurants and cafes in the town often located right on the waterfront where you can enjoy views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Compare prices on a great choice of Gosport hotels and accommodation ideal for your holiday or short break. Located on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport was once a centre for the military and due to its location it has always been a popular sailing centre. Gosport Waterfront is a stunning place to stroll with fantastic views of Spinnaker Tower and the Naval ships moored on the Portsmouth side.

A quick ferry ride on the Gosport Ferry makes it an easy trip for a spot of shopping at Gunwharf Quays. These days the old military links make excellent visitor attractions. Explosion! as the name suggests, tells the story of the development of the missiles that fuelled Royal Naval warfare. At the Submarine Museum you can walk around an actual submarine and find out how these unusual craft have been vital to the Navy's operations. All around Portsmouth Harbour are a string of forts built in the 19th century and you can visit Fort Brockhurst in Gosport to find out why they were built.

Fort Brockhurst Gosport

Fort Brockhurst Gosport

Waterfront & Ferry

Gosport has always been an important sailing and defensive centre on the Hampshire coast. Over the centuries the town's industries developed to support the naval and military activities in the area. The Waterfront at Gosport stretches for seventeen miles between Gosport and Lee-on-Solent. Along the way you get great views of the bustle of Portsmouth Harbour, the ships at the Historic Dockyard as well as the forts out to sea and Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays across the water. You can also follow The Waterfont Trail which points out memorials and sites of interest along a three kilometre route. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Not only does the Gosport Ferry run handy trips across Portsmouth Harbour to Gunwharf Quays, but they also offer a wide range of boat trips around Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Southampton and the New Forest. The ferry service runs daily from 5.30am to midnight, weather permitting. As you travel across the harbour you get excellent views of HMS Victory, Royal Naval ships and aircraft carriers and the other larger ferries using the waterway. Boat trips include a Portsmouth Harbour Cruise, a day trip to Cowes on the Isle of Wight and river boat trips. For a spectacular trip take the Cowes Firework Night cruise which gives you sea views of the fantastic firework display that marks the finale of Cowes Week.

Spinnaker Tower view from Gosport

Spinnaker Tower view from Gosport

Submarine Museum Gosport

Located at the southern end of Gosport waterfront, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum offers a fascinating insight into the invention and operation of submarines as well as insights into what it was like to be on-board and underwater during World War II. A visit includes a tour of a WWII era submarine. Visitors can also peer into the only surviving WWII midget submarine and step inside the Royal Navy's first submarine Holland 1. The world's first fully submersible craft known as the Drebbel dating from 1620 is also on show. The waterbus service makes a convenient stop nearby.



Discovery Centre & Museum of Navel Firepower

The Gosport Discovery Centre on the High Street functions as the town's library, but also contains the Gosport Gallery and Museum on the Mezzanine for art and museum exhibitions. There is also a local history collection, coffee shop and free internet service. Award-winning Explosion - Museum of Navel Firepower sits just north of Gosport within Priddy's Hard 18th century buildings. Priddy's Hard used to be the Royal Navy's armaments depot. Now a variety of the old buildings display armaments through the ages from cannons and guns through to Exocet missiles and an atom bomb! There's even an original eighteenth century gunpowder vault. Displays also detail the history of the site that once employed 2,500 women munitions workers who worked on the site during World War II. Explosion is continuing to develop with new additions to its collection and the restoration of the buildings at Priddy's Hard ongoing. The site geared up for a full day out with plenty of interactive displays to keep you amused. There is also a waterside coffee shop and ammunition related gift shop.

Award-winning Explosion - Museum of Navel Firepower sits just north of Gosport within Priddy's Hard 18th century buildings. Priddy's Hard used to be the Royal Navy's armaments depot. Now a variety of the old buildings display armaments through the ages from cannons and guns through to Exocet missiles and an atom bomb! There's even an original eighteenth century gunpowder vault. Displays also detail the history of the site that once employed 2,500 women munitions workers who worked on the site during World War II. Explosion is continuing to develop with new additions to its collection and the restoration of the buildings at Priddy's Hard ongoing. The site geared up for a full day out with plenty of interactive displays to keep you amused. There is also a waterside coffee shop and ammunition related gift shop.

Accommodation in Gosport

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    Where all the guests are made welcome whether you are here for business or pleasure. We are close to Fareham,Gosport and the ferry to Portsmouth and our quality accommodation...
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  • Gosport   (0.3 miles from the centre of Gosport)
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    Acorn Lodge Guest House is located in a residential area, yet within walking distance of the town centre. This is a budget hotel offering an excellent value for money and it is ...
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