Gosport is on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite Portsmouth to which it is linked by the Gosport Ferry. The 2011 Census recorded its population as 82,622.
The Borough of Gosport has the following schools and colleges:
Sixth form college
- Bay House School which is a former grammar school, located near the coast, in Stanley Park. Bay House School also includes a sixth-form. In September 2008 there were 2100 pupils and 370 sixth-form students enrolled. It was within the top 200 state schools in the country, as judged by The Times
- Bridgemary Community School, located in Wych Lane, Bridgemary. Bridgemary is the only school in the U.K. to have adopted a 'vertical learning' curriculum, where children are put in classes based on ability, not age.
- Brune Park Community School is a performing arts college, with the Joe Jackson Theatre, named after the 1970s pop star and past Brune Park pupil.
The town of Gosport has many sports clubs and organisations including boxing, judo, angling, rugby, cricket, football and hockey.
Gosport Borough F.C. play their home games at Privett Park and cater for players of either sex from age six upwards. The club play in the Football Conference South and represent the town at a national level in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. The area also has another Non-League football club Fleetlands F.C. who play at Lederle Lane Stadium. RMLI Gosport F.C. were a former team to represent the town winning the 1910 FA Amateur Cup.
Gosport and Fareham Rugby Football Club has 6 senior sides, a Ladies team, and 10 youth sides. Gosport Borough Hockey Club, based at St Vincent College, has three Men's teams, a Ladies team and Junior teams.
Gosport also has two Synchronised Ice Skating teams who compete at national level competitions, including the British Synchronised Skating Championships. The club use Planet Ice Gosport to train.
The Gosport peninsula has 17 miles (27 km) of waterfront on Portsmouth Harbour and The Solent and is a maritime playground for all. The pebble beach at Stokes Bay slopes steeply into the sea and offers fine views of the shipping going in and out of Portsmouth and Southampton and the many pleasure craft from the many marinas along The Solent and the Isle of Wight.
The town also has a strong military history – chiefly with the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum has exhibits including Holland 1 – the Royal Navy's first submarine and the Second World War submarine HMS Alliance.
Explosion! tells the story of naval firepower from gunpowder to modern missiles. This modern, interactive museum is housed in historic buildings at Priddy's Hard, the Navy's former armaments depot, with views across Portsmouth Harbour.
Fort Brockhurst is one of the "Palmerston's Follies", built in the 1850s to defend Portsmouth Harbour against threats of a French invasion. A central exhibition explains Palmerston's plans to defend the key naval port. Nearby is the Gosport Aviation Heritage Museum, dedicated to the development of the Royal Air Force. The fort is owned by English Heritage.
Gosport is also home to Little Woodham, aka "The 1642 Living History Village". The village exists to educate both children and adults about 17th century life at the outbreak of the English Civil War and is open for the public to meet the villagers at certain times throughout the year.
In September 2016, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum became the set for a scene in Transformers: The Last Knight, which starred the HMS Alliance. The expensive cars and famous actors brought locals to crowd the entrance and take pictures.
The majority of sales in Gosport during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £197,992. Flats sold for an average of £153,235, with semi-detached properties fetching £238,452.
Gosport, with an overall average price of £209,369 was cheaper than nearby Alverstoke (£282,504), Lee-On-The-Solent (£266,929) and Gunwharf Quays (£333,844).
Overall sold prices in Gosport over the last year were 8% up on the previous year and 19% up on the 2015 level of £175,953.
Property Rents in Gosport by Number of Bedrooms
Gosport Town Centre has an interesting blend of small shops and cafes, offering choice and personal service, as well as major high street names. Largely pedestrianised, the High Street provides a safe environment for a family-friendly shopping experience in close proximity to the Ferry and Gosport waterfront. The Town Centre is also home to the fantastic Discovery Centre and Gosport Gallery and, plays host to a number of civic and community events throughout the year.
Hardy’s at Haslar
The Boathouse Bistro
The Jolly Roger
The Pump House
The New Bengal