A short drive to the East is the city of Portsmouth, home to the Royal Navy and to the historic naval dockyard museums including Nelson’s flag ship, ‘HMS Victory’, which still enjoys a dual role as Flagship of the First Sea Lord and a living museum to the Georgian navy.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is also home to Henry VIII’s famous flagship ‘The Mary Rose’. This famous Tudor warship is on display and is now in the final stages of its conservation. The historic dockyard is open to visitors.
A visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard also provides the opportunity to visit the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower at Gosport. An interactive museum housed in the Royal Navy’s former Ordnance Depot at Priddy’s Hard, centred around the powder magazine designed in 1771.
And Portsmouth Historic Dockyard also features the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, also at Gosport, where you can take a tour onboard HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era submarine, and take a journey through every decade of her service.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard tickets can include an annual pass ticket so if you do not complete your tour on the first visit you can return on the same ticket within twelve months. See their website for more details.
Portsmouth can also be visited from Gosport where the long standing Gosport Ferry will cross the busy Portsmouth Harbour to deliver you to the cosmopolitan shopping centre at Gunwharf Quays, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Harbour train and bus stations. All within a three minute walk of the ferry drop off point.
Slightly further to the West is the city of Southampton one of the countries busiest maritime cities and home to the many cruise ships that can be seen passing through the Solent from our sun lounge above the guest house entrance.
Southampton is famous for its extensive nautical and maritime heritage. The centre piece of Southampton SeaCity museum is the story of the White Star Liner ‘Titanic’.
Or visit the extensive West Quays shopping centre
Fort Nelson – Royal Armouries
Between Fareham and Portsmouth and a twenty minute drive from Trevarner Guest House and located on Portsdown Hill is Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries. Free entry and a small fee for parking.
Fort Brockhurst – English Heritage
Fort Brockhurst is one of the Palmerston Forts and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is now an English Heritage property.
Interior viewing 11am to 3pm on the second Saturday of the month. The exterior can be viewed at any reasonable time during daylight hours.