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Fareham. Fareham is a bustling little town , which benefits from a good commercial position on the main A27 & M27 thoroughfares between Portsmouth and Southampton.
Cannons at Fort Nelson
Royal Armouries Museum of Artillery.. Known as 'Britains Loudest Museum' perhaps ear plugs are the order of the day when visiting Fort Nelson.But it is well worth it to see the largest collection of artillery in the country, ranging from Tudor cannons to the 'infamous' Iraqi supergun. The fort itself is well worth exploring, being a unique example of mid Victorian architecture , with it's ammunition tunnels and restored barracks, and
there are special gun firing demonstrations throughout the year.

OPEN DAILY FROM 10 am - 5pm.

Fort Nelson , Down End Rd , Fareham,
Hampshire PO17 6AN
01329 233734
Gosport. Across Portsmouth Harbour situated on a peninsula , a short ferry trip away, is Gosport , home of the Submariners.
HMS Alliance at Submarine World.
Submarine World (The Royal Naval Submarine Museum ). The history of submariners albeit a comparatively short one,is nevertheless absolutely fascinating.The museum has exhibits retracing man's passion for the mysterious world under the waves,from very early dangerous looking contraptions to modern 'state of the art 'vessels.
A visit to the museum includes the world's first submarine Holland 1 and the HMS Alliance experience,and what an experience it truly is! .Before boarding,there is a short audiovisual show (complete with authentic diesel smell!) to give a proper atmosphere,and then on to the ship itself,a large vessel still in service up until 1973.This is not for the fainthearted,but the guides are old submariners themselves and are able to tell and recreate,life on board for visitors whilst putting them at their ease.It is both compelling and awesome,and a great tribute to the extremely brave men who lived and fought in submarines all around the world.

"Great deeds are done in the air and on land,nevertheless there is no part to be compared to your exploits"

Winston Churchill to the men of HM Submarines May 1943.
Portsmouth. This great seafaring town became a city in 1927. It has always been associated with the Royal Navy.
The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum is well worth a visit.. Besides having been the residence of a renouned English novelist, its shows the life style of people in the great Victorian era.
Charles Dickens was the son of a pay clerk in the Navy Pay Office and resided in the house near the docks for a couple of years. He returned to Portsmouth in later years to give readings of his work , and settled in his old home in Commercial Road.
Arreton. Typical country village, with more than its fair share of attractions on offer.
Arreton Manor
Arreton Manor. Arreton Manor is an exceptionally fine Jacobean manorhouse with period furnishings set in beautiful surroundings.It is home to the National Wireless Museum as well as doll & toy,lace & folk exhibits.
Bembridge. A busy little harbour with its very own airport
The Shipwreck Museum. A visit to the Shipwreck Museum is an absolute must for anyone interested in maritime history. It contains a unique collection of ships models and a fascinating display of objects found in the sea.
Brading. A big village packed with curiosities
Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy Museum. The museum has one of the finest collection of toys and old dolls
Bradley Wax Museum
The Wax Museum. The Brading Wax Museum is packed with fun and surprises and will amuse the young and the less young.
Set in a very old rectory mansion, it retraces the history of England with wonderful light, sound and motion effects. For the less faint hearted there is a very good chamber of horrors and torture.
Beaulieu. Beaulieu was "Bellus Locus" the beautiful place; a charming village situated among the woods and hills on the Beaulieu River.
Motor museum
National Motor Museum.
Canterbury.
Canterbury Roman Museum. Come to Canterbury to discover an exciting part of the Roman town. See the remains of a house with fine mosaics. Experience everyday life in the reconstructed market place. See exquisite silver and glass.
Fareham. Fareham is a bustling little town , which benefits from a good commercial position on the main A27 & M27 thoroughfares between Portsmouth and Southampton.
Westbury Manor Museum. Westbury Manor Museum is a 17 th century farmhouse originally built on the out skirts of the town now finding itself in the centre ! It was extended in the Victorian period , and has now been restored to it's former glory. It has displays on the history of the town as well as regular events .A recent addition is the coffee shop in the Victorian gardens.
Freshwater Bay. The little town of Freshwater is about a mile inland from this breathtaking site.
Alum Bay Glassworks. When you visit the glassworks, you can watch craftsmen making beautiful glass objects, from the moment the kaolin mix goes into the kilns to be melted through the very skillful glass blowing process to the fairyland-like display of multicoloured glass objects.
Gosport. Across Portsmouth Harbour situated on a peninsula , a short ferry trip away, is Gosport , home of the Submariners.
Fort Brockhurst.
Fort Brockhurst. Fort Brockhurst was built in the 19th Century, along with Fort Grange( now within the confines of HMS Sultan) , as part of the coastal defences of Hampshire.
Surrounded by a moat , Fort Brockhurst is an impressive edifice , and suprisingly pleasing to the eye considering it's original grim purpose.
Still in use in the 2 nd World War ,it is now a fascinating MUSEUM mainly of Naval & Aviation History.It also features regular battle re-enactments for the public, as well as it's increasingly popular Bonfire Night celebrations,with massed bands, and fireworks lighting up the ramparts!.
Gosport Museum. Gosport museum situated in Gosport High St, , was originally a grammar school built in 1901, in the Art Nouveau style, featuring a marvellous frieze over the entrance, depicting people important to the history of Gosport.
It houses a large local history exhibition , and shows the role of Gosporteers during Naval conflicts. All of this is brought to life with the use of life-size costume figures.
The Gosport area is a rich source of geological finds,and therefore a recent addition to the museum,is an interactive geology section where fossil hunting is made easy !
There is also an art gallery and coffee shop.
Portsmouth. This great seafaring town became a city in 1927. It has always been associated with the Royal Navy.
' HMS Warrior'. 'HMS Warrior' is a battle ship used between 1861 and 1864. It is a good idea to begin a visit of the 3 famous vessels of the Dockyard with Warrior : she is the youngest of the 3 .
Beautifully restored , HMS Warrior is a wonderful way to experience life at sea in Victorian times. The tour guides are full of knowledge and enthusiasm and very good at sharing with visitors, facts and anecdotes about life on board.
Warrior was Queen Victoria's flagship : she was the fastest , the largest and most powerful to roam the seas. Today it is still a thrill to step on aboard, and back in time...
The D-Day Museum. The D-Day Museum tells the full detailed story of the famous "Operation Overlord" which was to change the course of European History in 1945.
The Royal Marines Museum. The Royal Marines Museum retraces the life of the Royal Marines from
the 1660s to the present day.
The Royal Naval Museum. A visit to the Royal Naval Museum is an absolute must. The Royal Naval Dockyard, home of the Royal Navy for some 500 years, actually includes the Royal Naval Museum, but also HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.
The museum contains lots of ships models, and many naval objects and instruments from famous Royal Navy ships, and an abundance of documents that take you all through England's long and rich naval history. The visit of the Royal Naval Museum culminates in the 'Battle of Trafalgar' room, where Admiral Nelson's life is retraced and where the Battle is re-created with very realistic and emotional sound and motion effects.
Sandown. An ideal seaside holiday resort
The Geology museum. Situated in the Sandown library, the Geology Museum houses a large collection of fossils, minerals and dinosaurs

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