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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Museums at Night 2014: Firings at Fort Nelson

  • 16 May 2014 6-9pm

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will open its doors after hours on Friday, 16 May, as part of the Culture24 national festival – Museums at Night 2014.

The themed event will showcase guns from Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery, featuring Victorian and Second World War weapons.

A main highlight of the evening will be special firings of the 32-pounder Victorian gun, by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, from its position on the North Caponier – as featured on the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys’ series when Michael Portillo visited the Fort last year.

There’s also a chance to witness the power and might of the Second World War Sexton field gun, fired by Ubique Right of the Line, as its roars around the Fort’s Parade Ground – bringing this out-of-hours’ event to a climactic close.

Other features include presentations and talks in the museum’s galleries, and the chance to explore the 19th century Fort’s re-created hospital, barrack room and tunnels.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road
PO17 6AN


Adult: £4, children go free