Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road
PO17 6AN




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01329 233734


01329 822092

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Aerial view of Fort Nelson from the south
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Open Daily April-October 10:00-17:00
November-March 10:30-16:00

Closed: 24th-26th December only

Admission charges

Free entry. A small charge may apply for special events and some activities.

Additional info

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

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
facing - recovering

Inspired By - Facing - Recovering

  • 6 November 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

facing – recovering explores the complex issues injured soldiers face in their transition from military to civilian life.

Through drawing, video and words a number of soldiers and veterans share their personal stories and experience of injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in what one veteran described as closure in ‘graphical evidence’.

This significant exhibition marks a time when UK troops have recently left Afghanistan and we re-address the impact on the lives of those affected whilst in service.

firstsite facing-recovering is a firstsite touring exhibition, developed in partnership with Chavasse VC House, Colchester Garrison. Artist Jevan Watkins Jones collaborated with injured soldiers about their experiences in and outside of conflict. The programme was managed by Laura Davison and curated by Kaavous Clayton.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+