Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road
Fort Nelson is a superbly restored Victorian fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour and the Meon Valley. It is also home to the Royal Armouries national artillery collection.
There are 19 acres to explore with secret underground chambers and tunnels. Daily big gun salutes, live costumed performances, professional guided tours, café and gift shop.
All year there are regular special events from historical displays to our action-packed Grand Military Tattoo
Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences
Open Daily April-October 10:00-17:00 (except Wed 11:00-17:00)
November-March 10:30-16:00 (except Wed 11:30-16:00)
Closed: 24th-26th December only
Free entry. A small charge may apply for special events and some activities.
Our library is open for research purposes by appointment only.
Fort Nelson also houses the world-renowned Royal Armouries collection of historic big guns and cannon, part of the National Museum of Arms and Armour. See the infamous Iraqi Supergun and its ancestor the Great Turkish Bombard of 1464. From the smallest cannon to the giants of the age of the battleship, visitors can see them all at Fort Nelson
Archaeology, Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Social History, Weapons and War