Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

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.

Although a cliché, the phrase ‘must see’ truly applies to Fort Nelson’s astonishing collection of different artillery and guns from different time periods. Over 700 items of artillery from many countries and spanning 600 years are brought to life whilst sensitively telling the unique stories behind them.

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.

Daily gun firing every day at 1pm.

Admission and parking are free – offering a great day out for all the family during the school holidays, and all year round.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Open daily

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

Winter (Nov-Mar)
10 am – 4 pm
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.
Storytime

Storytime: Inspirational India

  • 18 October 2017 11am-12pm

All ages are welcome at Fort Nelson, so why not join us, every third Wednesday of the month, with under 5s for our free Storytime session in the galleries featuring popular children’s tales.
With a different theme each month, children are invited to gather around for a fun and interactive storytelling experience where they can look, listen, play and have fun with props.
Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes two engaging stories and a mixture of toys designed to provide hands on fun for young children.
Café 1871 is open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for light bites and drinks and food warming and baby change facilities are available on site.
Sessions start at 11am on the third Wednesday of every month. Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free admission and parking

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-fort-nelson

Guts, Gore and gangrene

GUTS, GORE & GANGRENE

  • 23 — 27 October 2017

Half Term Medical Mayhem

This October half term join our very own ‘lady with the lamp’ for some festering fun and medical mayhem in the Fort’s Victorian hospital ward, set up using the innovative nursing ideas of Florence Nightingale.

Your mission is to help one of the garrison soldiers, Tommy Atkins, who is badly wounded and fading fast – can you get him the treatment he needs? Ms Nightingale will take you to meet Mr Stitch, the surgeon. An expert in treating battle wounds he can tell you all about how they were treated at the time of the Crimean War. What method will you choose for Tommy? Then a visit to the pharmacist, Mr Boots. Watch him make up potions, pills and poultices. Will you pick the right remedy to aid poor Tommy’s recovery?

This is a fun, interactive 45-minute activity session suitable for ages 5 – 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session. Please note there will be medical and wound references tailored to the age of the audience.

To complement the activity there will be spooky themed make-and-take craft activities for children including flying ghosts, spiders, and skeletons.

Guts, Gore and Gangrene

• Date: Monday 23 – Friday 27 October 2017
• Sessions: 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3:30 pm daily
• Price: £3.50 per child (suitable for 5-12 year olds)
• Numbers are limited to 16 per session

Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session. Please note there will be medical and wound references tailored to the age of the audience.

Spooky themed Arts and Crafts

• Price: £2.50 per child (suitable for 3-12 year olds)
• Time: 10 am – 4 pm daily (drop in sessions)
Pay on the day or pre-book your tickets in advance from the Visitor Centre or by calling 01329 233 734 (subject to availability).

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Guts, Gore and Gangrene: £3.50 per child
Spooky themed Arts and Crafts: £2.50 per child

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-10-23/guts-gore-and-gangrene

Storytime

Storytime: Joyous Japan

  • 15 November 2017 11am-12pm

All ages are welcome at Fort Nelson, so why not join us, every third Wednesday of the month, with under 5s for our free Storytime session in the galleries featuring popular children’s tales.
With a different theme each month, children are invited to gather around for a fun and interactive storytelling experience where they can look, listen, play and have fun with props.
Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes two engaging stories and a mixture of toys designed to provide hands on fun for young children.
Café 1871 is open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for light bites and drinks and food warming and baby change facilities are available on site.
Sessions start at 11am on the third Wednesday of every month. Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free admission and parking

Storytime

Storytime: Exciting England

  • 20 December 2017 11am-12pm

All ages are welcome at Fort Nelson, so why not join us, every third Wednesday of the month, with under 5s for our free Storytime session in the galleries featuring popular children’s tales.
With a different theme each month, children are invited to gather around for a fun and interactive storytelling experience where they can look, listen, play and have fun with props.
Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes two engaging stories and a mixture of toys designed to provide hands on fun for young children.
Café 1871 is open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for light bites and drinks and food warming and baby change facilities are available on site.
Sessions start at 11am on the third Wednesday of every month. Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free admission and parking

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-fort-nelson

Storytime

Storytime: Incredible Italy

  • 17 January 2018 11am-12pm

All ages are welcome at Fort Nelson, so why not join us, every third Wednesday of the month, with under 5s for our free Storytime session in the galleries featuring popular children’s tales.
With a different theme each month, children are invited to gather around for a fun and interactive storytelling experience where they can look, listen, play and have fun with props.
Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes two engaging stories and a mixture of toys designed to provide hands on fun for young children.
Café 1871 is open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for light bites and drinks and food warming and baby change facilities are available on site.
Sessions start at 11am on the third Wednesday of every month. Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free admission and parking

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-fort-nelson

Storytime

Storytime: Amazing Amsterdam

  • 21 February 2018 11am-12pm

All ages are welcome at Fort Nelson, so why not join us, every third Wednesday of the month, with under 5s for our free Storytime session in the galleries featuring popular children’s tales.
With a different theme each month, children are invited to gather around for a fun and interactive storytelling experience where they can look, listen, play and have fun with props.
Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes two engaging stories and a mixture of toys designed to provide hands on fun for young children.
Café 1871 is open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for light bites and drinks and food warming and baby change facilities are available on site.
Sessions start at 11am on the third Wednesday of every month. Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free admission and parking

Website

https://royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-fort-nelson

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

logo: Museums at Night

Website

Website

www.armouries.org.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

fnenquiries@armouries.org.uk

Telephone

01329 233734

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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