The World’s Only Hovercraft Museum (Event from 2020)

The World’s Only Hovercraft Museum (Event from 2020)

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The Hovercraft Museum, Daedalus Site Seafront Gate, Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9NS

The Hovercraft Museum collection is unique, irreplaceable and inspiring, including five craft listed on The National Historic Ships’ register. It’s a great visit for fact-loving enthusiasts and also families who just wanna have fun…

Situated on a Transport Heritage Site, the museum has over 50 Hovercraft on display including military, commercial, multi-purpose, rescue, survey, exploration, racing, fun and recreational. In size, they range from the smallest to the largest commercial car carrying hovercraft in the world.

Run and supported entirely by volunteers, the purpose of the museum centres around enjoyment, education and inspiration by sight, sound, touch and understanding. There are fun activities for all ages, lots to see and do! We offer free guided tours.

During this special Heritage Open Day, we will also be partnering up with Hovertravel, who will be running pleasure flights from the slipway opposite the museum. So you can watch a working hovercraft in action!

*Note: Ride charges do apply if you wish to experience a journey with Hovertravel (see below).




Pre-booking: Required
You can self-book via our web link. But, for people who may experience difficulty with booking online, we can help. Either pop into the Gosport Tourist Information Centre at the bus station (Mon-Sat 1000-1600) or call our Assisted Booking line: 07849 399 823.

Booking opens: 29 August 2020 10:00
Booking closes: 10 September 2020 17:00

Children: Accompanied children are welcome. Under 5’s don’t need to be included on the booking form. Please book a named place for each child over 5.


The cafe will NOT be open but takeaway refreshments will be available. Most of the site is flat and accessible for wheelchair and pushchairs, although some exhibits are not. The toilets are on the ground floor.



COVID-19 Considerations

This event will be subject to local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Facemasks to be worn inside buildings, hand sanitiser will be provided. Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell or have been in any contact with anyone who has displayed Coronavirus symptoms. Track and Trace information will be gathered at the point of booking, but please advise us of any alterations to such information.


60 minutes. The visits will be in smaller than the usual groups at set 1 hr intervals. Please be sure to arrive on time and leave the site at the end of your booked session.

*Prices for these flights are £20.00 for adults £10.00 for children (5-17) and £4.10 for infants, there is a restricted number of 50 due to social distancing and the craft will be cleaned between each flight.
Seats can be booked either on the day or ideally to ensure space beforehand at by clicking on the booking box, clicking on excursions and then selecting Lee on the Solent Hovercraft Experiences and then choosing the time you would like.


Hovercraft Museum


MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

Visitor entry to the museum is via the slipway gate on Marine Parade West only. There is free parking along the seafront and on the slipway. Solent Ranger X5 bus route that runs between Gosport and Southampton via the Richmond Road bus stop (2 minutes walk to the museum).