On the south coast of England lies one of the most vibrant and exciting towns in the United Kingdom: Gosport. It is here that scenic beauty and bustling city life miraculously come together to create a truly stunning port town. While many of the most beautiful seaside and port towns offer a quaint and humble view of the water from small piers and meager docks, Gosport delivers an incredibly breathtaking panorama filled with yachts, large piers, fishing vessels, gorgeous inns, and five star restaurants. After all, Gosport is home to nearly a hundred thousand residents and during peak tourist seasons that number can easily jump another ten percent.
Thus, what Gosport loses in humble and quaint atmosphere it more than makes up for with exciting diversions and lively entertainment. What is interesting, though, is that the tourist industry that makes up a large part of the town's economy is actually a fairly recent occurrence and the truth of the matter is that for much of its life Gosport has been a military town and Naval base. This is due to its very strategic placement right on Portsmouth Harbor. The town of Portsmouth is right across from Gosport and between the two of them they have been among the most important military locations for Great Britain. To this day there are still remnants of the major influence of the Royal Navy on the town including a museum dedicated to the town's link to the military. Recently the town closed down the last remaining military hospital in the entire United Kingdom: Royal Hospital Haslar. Such a history makes Gosport one of the more anomalous coastal towns in England. The vast majority of the large seaside resort towns arose due to the influx of Victorian era socialites who flocked to the towns as a way to relax and enjoy therapeutic invigoration sessions involving salt water or hot spring water. Gosport, on the other hand, earned its growth and size with battle and bloodshed. Both routes are more than admirable but Gosport at least has a bit more of a unique aspect to it than some of the cookie cutter towns that have arisen because of tourism.
These days the Royal Navy is still around in many ways but the town is far less important to the Navy than it was in the past. Several sponsored schools are still around in Gosport, though, and these include such esteemed education centers as the Royal Navy Engineering and Survival School and Royal Navy School of Marine Engineering. As mentioned above, one is more likely to see beautiful and expensive yachts rather than warships. All the same, the beautiful Portsmouth Harbor endows a sense of beauty and wonder upon any town that graces it and Gosport is most assuredly blessed by this relationship. Whether you are a military buff, a boater, or simply a fan of history you can definitely find much to love in Gosport. On the other hand you don't have to enjoy any of these things and you can still live an enjoyable and full life in this bustling burg on the water's edge.