Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road
Fareham
Hampshire
PO17 6AN
England

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Website

Website

www.armouries.org.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

fnenquiries@armouries.org.uk

Telephone

01329 233734

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Aerial view of Fort Nelson from the south
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This imposing Victorian fort is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery – The Big Guns.

Strategically positioned atop Portsdown Hill, with panoramic views across the Meon Valley and Portsmouth Harbour, Fort Nelson is an historic monument, restored to how it would have been in the 1890s. Visitors can access most areas of the fortifications and see how the Fort would have operated.

The museum’s displays trace the development of artillery from pre-gunpowder siege machines to modern-day super guns. There are over 350 big guns on display.

Fort Nelson has just undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment transforming it into a museum for the 21st century. Featuring a new visitor centre, a new café and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Open daily

Summer (Apr-Oct)
10am – 5pm
Last admission 4pm

Winter (Nov-Mar)
10.30am – 4pm
Last admission 3pm

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

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.
West Demi Caponier

Unseen and Underground

  • 15 May 2015 6:30-9:30pm

This evening of adventure and discovery begins with an informative and entertaining guided tour of the rarely opened West Tunnel and West Demi Caponier, before a visit to the Officers’ Mess in the Redan for a glass of Madeira wine and a slice of Madeira cake.
Later you will be guided to the North Caponier where you will experience a live firing of the 32-pounder gun.

Tours start at 6.30pm and 8pm. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets are available to purchase from 1 April 2015.

Admission

Adults: £15
Under 16s: £10

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-fort-nelson/calendar/2015-05-15/unseen-and-underground

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