Military Attractions in Portsmouth & Gosport

Portsmouth is the traditional home of the Royal Navy and has a great naval legacy going back to Roman times. HMS Victory and the Mary Rose are found at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and many other great military attractions are located in the surrounding area. The Submarine Service is strongly associated with Gosport and it’s here that you can find the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - Portsmouth and Gosport

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

It’s history so close you’ll think you’re there! HMS Victory, Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860, The Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations and Harbour Tours.

HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
PO1 3LJ

Web: www.historicdockyard.co.uk

Tel: 023 9283 9766

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Portsmouth Fortifications - Portsmouth & Gosport

Portsmouth Fortifications

Portsmouth’s Round Tower commands the entrance to the harbour, whilst the Square Tower is situated at the end of Old Portsmouth’s High Street. The best way of seeing Portsmouth’s fascinating fortifications is on a guided walk.

Portsmouth TIC
The Hard Portsmouth
PO1 3QJ

Web: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk

Tel: 023 9282 6722

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D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery - Portsmouth & Gosport

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

Experience the world’s largest ever seaborne invasion. Features the ‘Overlord Embroidery’, audio-visual presentations, everyday sights and sounds of wartime Britain, military equipment, vehicles and personal memories.

Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3NT

Web: www.ddaymuseum.co.uk

Tel: 023 9282 7261

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Southsea Castle - Portsmouth & Gosport

Southsea Castle

16th century fort built by Henry VIII (1545) to protect Portsmouth. Exhibition on the military history of Portsmouth. Audio-visual show and reconstructed scenes of ‘life in the castle’.

Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3PA

Web: www.southseacastle.co.uk

Tel: 023 9282 7261

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Royal Marines Museum - Portsmouth and Gosport

Royal Marines Museum

Entrench yourself in the colourful and exciting story of the Royal Marines brought to life through dramatic and interactive displays. A great day out for all the family.

Eastney Esplanade
Southsea
PO4 9PX

Web: www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk

Tel: 023 9281 9385

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum - Portsmouth and Gosport

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Enjoy a guided tour of our World War II vintage submarine HMS Alliance and see inside the fully restored Holland I (1901) and X24, the only surviving WWII midget submarine.

Haslar Jetty Road
Gosport
PO12 2AS

Web: www.submarine-museum.co.uk/

Tel: 023 9252 9217

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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower - Portsmouth and Gosport

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower tells the story of naval warfare from the days of gunpowder to modern missiles. Hands on exhibits and interactive touch screens really bring the presentations to life at Gosport’s award winning attraction.

Priddy’s Hard
Gosport
PO12 4LE

Web: www.explosion.org.uk

Tel: 023 9250 5600

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Portchester Castle - Portsmouth and Gosport

Portchester Castle

Discover a castle that has defended Portsmouth Harbour since Roman times. An exhibition recounts its fascinating history with displays of archaeological objects excavated on site.

Castle Street
Portchester
PO16 9QW

Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Tel: 023 9237 8291

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Royal Armouries Fort Nelson - Portsmouth and Gosport

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Home to the big guns of the Royal Armouries. Experience drama, gunfire and daily tours at this restored fort. Special events include children’s activity days and a grand military tattoo.

Portsdown Hill Road
Fareham
PO17 6AN

Web: www.royalarmouries.org

Tel: 01329 233734

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Royal Military Police Museum - Portsmouth and Gosport

Royal Military Police Museum

Recently re-located to Southwick Park. Explore the medieval beginnings of the military police through to the present day ‘redcaps’. The D-Day map is also on site within Southwick House.

Southwick Park
Fareham
PO17 6EJ

Web: www3.hants.gov.uk/bymuseum?siteid=30

Tel: 023 9228 4372

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