Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Assault all your senses by walking onboard HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era submarine, and take a journey through every decade of her service. Take a peek through the working periscopes, and see, hear and even smell how life was lived under the sea.
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    Visit time

    2hr

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    Crew

    63

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    Date Built

    1945

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    Years in Service

    28

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    Top Speed

    10 kn

HMS Alliance is Britain’s only remaining World War II submarine and stands as a memorial to the 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives in service.

"Absolutely superb visit, plus a guided tour of the submarine was nothing short of brilliant. The guide we had named Russell spent 31 years as a submariner and his knowledge was second to none."John, Gorleston-on-Sea

A tour of Alliance begins in the forward torpedo store, then on through the accommodation space to the control room, where experienced submariner guides demonstrate the navigation systems including diving and surfacing. The tour continues through the galley and on to the heart of the submarine, the engine room, before culminating in the aft torpedo compartment, where the guides explain how submariners would escape in an emergency. Along the way, you can also peer through the working periscopes to view Portsmouth Harbour.

Alliance forms the centrepiece of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum along with Holland I and X24, the museum also contains thousands of photographs, documents, ship plans and artefacts. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is located in Gosport on the former site of HMS Dolphin; home to the Submarine Service for 100 years. A complimentary waterbus takes visitors across the harbour from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


Silent and Secret

A new permanent exhibition exploring the history of the British nuclear at-sea deterrent is now open at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. The new exhibition opens on the 50th anniversary of HMS Resolution launching. It will reveal the challenging nature of working in these submarines and help promote discussion about why the nuclear deterrent was adopted. 

Life under the sea poses challenges that go unseen and unheard. The exhibition will present an insight into life on board the "Silent & Secret" Polaris submarines, using personal accounts and key displays drawn from a number of National Museum of the Royal Navy sites, private lenders and other museums. Visitors will be able to hear stories and see documents and personal possessions of those who served in the Polaris submarine fleet.

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Opening times

Winter: Closed every Monday and Tuesday until 26 March 2018 (10am - 4.30pm)

Summer: 26 March - 29 October 2018 (10am - 5pm) Last entry: 4.30pm 


Address: 
Haslar Road, Gosport PO12 2AS 

Polite notice: Follow the tourism signs to the Submarine Museum. Whilst the postcode is correct, sat navs will direct you to the centre of the naval base. Please follow tourism signs for the Submarine Museum once you've entered Gosport. 


Changes to Tesco Clubcard

Your Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 11 Attraction Voucher on the Tesco Clubcard website until 10th June 2018. Once exchanged, you will have 6 months to exchange this voucher at the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (expiry dates are printed on the voucher). We are unable to accept vouchers past the expiry date.

If you have a Tesco Days Out Voucher that you would like to use at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum only, we can accept these vouchers until the 30th June 2018.

Access via the Waterbus from the Historic Dockyard. Timetable here

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