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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

A visit to the Submarine Museum includes the incredible experience of actually going onboard a WW2 submarine HMS Alliance with a submariner Guide. The visitor can chat with our submariners and find out what it was like to face danger in battle, to share jokes, hot bunk and how the torpedo section doubled up as a food store and cinema. But the submarine experience does not end there! Visitors can also peer into the only surviving X-craft midget submarine to have seen action during D Day in 1944 and walk onto the Royal Navy's very first submarine Holland 1 which dates from1901 that was crewed by eight men and three mice!

Travel through time in our History Galleries, from 1620 when the world?s first submersible, the Drebble submarine was tested to the present nuclear age of submarines. Discover the true tales of heroes as exemplified by the fourteen submariners who were awarded the Victoria Cross, through many of their personal objects and documents and have a go on our real working periscopes to spy on the boats in Portsmouth Harbour.

Families can enjoy mastering the challenges of the hands on science games, command their own submarine whilst keeping it buoyant, understand sonar pings and fight the enemy. For families with younger children, the popular Skull & Crossbones exhibition has been extended and allows families to play together, dress up as pirates, climb on board a pirate ship and set sail for buried treasure.

After all that fun and discovery, relax with a frothy coffee and gorgeous cake in our Coffee Shop with views overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is open every day and a visit can be combined with a trip to Gunwharf Quays linked by the seasonal Portsmouth Waterbus.


Gosport, Portsmouth Harbour

Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire, England

00 44 (0) 23 92 510354 ext 240