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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Gosport

Type:Museum

Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4LE

Tel: +44 023 9250 5600

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

About

Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy’s Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour. Priddy’s Hard was once a busy Naval Armament supply depot that provided the Royal Navy with its ammunition for over two hundred years.

Telling the story of naval warfare from the days of gunpowder to modern missiles, the two hour tour of the museum includes a stunning multi media film show set in the original 18th century gunpowder vault.

There's a fascinating social history too, including the story of how 2,500 women worked on the site during its peak in World War II. It describes the role that Priddy's Hard played in naval operations worldwide for over 200 years, as well as its importance to the local Gosport community, which not only armed the Navy but also fed and watered it.
Explosion! has a Gift Shop and Waterside Coffee Shop area that are open to non-visitors, so please stop by and enjoy the Camber Dock overlooking the stunning views of the harbour.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£10.00
Concession ticket£5.00
Child (5-16)£5.00
Family (1 adult + 3 children)£15.00
Family (2 adults + 3 children)£20.00 per ticket

Children under five years of age are free.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loops.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Guide available if pre-booked.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Light meals, snacks and refreshments, capacity 50.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Gay/Lesbian Friendly
  • Toilets

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 02:00
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.None
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 9999
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment only - during closed hours
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road: M27 to junction 11. Follow A32 to Gosport and signs to Explosion! Museum at Priddy’s Hard.

Public Transport Directions

By Rail: Follow the mainline route to Portsmouth Harbour. Take the frequent ferry service across to Gosport (3 mins). From the ferry at Gosport, turn right and follow the Millennium Promenade to Explosion! at Priddy’s Hard (20 mins walk) or a taxi to Forton Bridge (3 mins).

Awards

  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2011
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

April to October (1 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
November to March (1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Opening Times:
April to October, open daily (10am until 5pm, last admission to the galleries at 4pm).
Nov – Mar, open Saturday and Sunday only (10am until 4pm, last admission to the galleries at 3pm).

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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