Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson Sitting on the top of Portsdown Hill, Fort Nelson houses the Royal Armouries collection of artillery. Explore 19 acres of ramparts, outer fortifications, secret underground tunnels, and ammunition bunkers at this fully restored Victorian fort.
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Did you pop the question during the festive period and are looking for a venue to host your special day? Fort Nelson cou...
03/01/2021

Did you pop the question during the festive period and are looking for a venue to host your special day?

Fort Nelson could be just the place you are looking for.

Our superbly restored Victorian fort, combined with a scenic position overlooking the Solent, is a unique and dramatic backdrop for long-lasting memories.

We are a COVID-safe venue, and we currently have availability throughout 2021 for small weddings, when restrictions are lifted.

Please contact our venue hire team to discuss your requirements [email protected]

#Wedding #VenueHire @Fort_Nelson

Are you planning resolutions for 2021? Why not get membership at Fort Nelson and enjoy exclusive benefits including free...
02/01/2021
Royal Armouries Annual Gift Membership

Are you planning resolutions for 2021?

Why not get membership at Fort Nelson and enjoy exclusive benefits including free parking and discounts in the shop and café.

#Membership #Christmas

Give the gift of history Give Royal Armouries Membership to someone special and open up for them a range of exclusive benefits and the chance to get up close to the objects and people at the heart of the Royal Armouries. Your gift will also play vital role in supporting the museum and keeping it fre...

Wishing everyone a happy New Year from all the staff at Fort Nelson! We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2021 w...
01/01/2021

Wishing everyone a happy New Year from all the staff at Fort Nelson!

We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2021 when it is safe to do so.

#NewYearsDay #2021

As 2020 draws to a close we look back on happy memories made at Fort Nelson this year.We loved having our visitors back ...
31/12/2020

As 2020 draws to a close we look back on happy memories made at Fort Nelson this year.

We loved having our visitors back and would like to thank you for all your support during a challenging 2020.

We look forward to a brighter 2021 and welcoming you back to the Fort.

#NewYearsEve #2020

We would like to thank you all for your support during this difficult year. Even though we have lost £6 in every £7 of s...
30/12/2020
Make a donation | Royal Armouries

We would like to thank you all for your support during this difficult year.

Even though we have lost £6 in every £7 of self-generated income our work as guardians of the national collection of arms, armour and artillery continues.

Any donation you can give will enable us to care for the collection to ensure that it can inspire and teach generations to come.

We cannot wait to welcome you back to Fort Nelson when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you are able to, please donate - thank you.

#SupportUs #Donation #Thankyou

General visitor information about our museums, corporate information and our education programme.

Unfortunately Fort Nelson remains closed until further notice. We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is ...
29/12/2020

Unfortunately Fort Nelson remains closed until further notice.

We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021.

Please keep in touch with our social media channels for updates.

#Closed #staysafe #RoyalArmouries

Our first free online lecture of 2021 takes place on January 7 at 2pm.Thorneycroft to SA80 – British military bullpup fi...
28/12/2020
British military bullpup firearms | Free online lecture

Our first free online lecture of 2021 takes place on January 7 at 2pm.

Thorneycroft to SA80 – British military bullpup firearms 1901 – 2020 will kickstart the New Year series.

Register for a free place today.

#Musuemfromhome #lecture

British military bullpup firearms | Free online lecture

Fort Nelson remains closed until further notice. We have loved having our visitors back and are looking forward to seein...
27/12/2020

Fort Nelson remains closed until further notice.

We have loved having our visitors back and are looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021.

#closed #staysafe

Happy Boxing Day! Here is a Christmas card from those based at Fort Nelson in 1913 to take you back in time. #BoxingDay ...
26/12/2020

Happy Boxing Day!

Here is a Christmas card from those based at Fort Nelson in 1913 to take you back in time.

#BoxingDay #RoyalArmouries

The staff at Fort Nelson would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas! Thank you for all your support during a ver...
25/12/2020

The staff at Fort Nelson would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas!

Thank you for all your support during a very challenging 2020. We look forward to a brighter 2021 and welcoming you back to the Fort.

#ChristmasDay

Happy Christmas Eve! The elves have gone, but before they left we managed to capture a few pictures of them in their hid...
24/12/2020

Happy Christmas Eve!

The elves have gone, but before they left we managed to capture a few pictures of them in their hiding places.

We hope they are safely back with Father Christmas and ready to help out with their festive duties.

A huge thank you to all the children who helped us find them.

#ChristmasEve

This stunning photograph of a gunfiring at Fort Nelson was taken by Museum Assistant Kelly Haycock. This image is featur...
23/12/2020

This stunning photograph of a gunfiring at Fort Nelson was taken by Museum Assistant Kelly Haycock.

This image is featured in an online exhibition hosted by @GuruShots and you can see the Art of Photography gallery at https://bit.ly/3nKWIAy

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson @GuruShots

Here’s a view from Fort Nelson to brighten up your day. Yesterday marked the winter solstice and the days will start to ...
22/12/2020

Here’s a view from Fort Nelson to brighten up your day. Yesterday marked the winter solstice and the days will start to get longer from now on.

#Wintersolstice2020 #RoyalArmouries

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson's cover photo
22/12/2020

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson's cover photo

Do you know someone who loves Fort Nelson? Make a present of the past and give the gift of Royal Armouries membership th...
21/12/2020
Royal Armouries Annual Gift Membership

Do you know someone who loves Fort Nelson? Make a present of the past and give the gift of Royal Armouries membership this Christmas.

Members receive exclusive benefits including free parking and discounts in the shop and café.
#Membership #Christmas

Give the gift of history Give Royal Armouries Membership to someone special and open up for them a range of exclusive benefits and the chance to get up close to the objects and people at the heart of the Royal Armouries. Your gift will also play vital role in supporting the museum and keeping it fre...

Still looking for a Christmas present for someone who loves Fort Nelson?Why not have a look at our selection of eBooks o...
20/12/2020
eBooks

Still looking for a Christmas present for someone who loves Fort Nelson?

Why not have a look at our selection of eBooks online.

#eBooks #Christmasshopping

Digital versions of Royal Armouries best selling publications. Our aim is to tell the compelling story of arms and armour through the ages – technology, material culture, decorative art, history, ownership and more. All publications are sold to support the work of the Royal Armouries. Your purchas...

Fort Nelson is temporarily closed to visitors.We hope you enjoyed our elf hunt this year.  One visitor said: “Great fun ...
19/12/2020

Fort Nelson is temporarily closed to visitors.

We hope you enjoyed our elf hunt this year.

One visitor said: “Great fun this afternoon doing the elf hunt, they certainly weren’t easy to spot!

I took a treat for my boys when they found them as the entrance to the Fort and trail is free. Weather was shocking but we had fun supporting the Fort.”

Tell us in the comments below what you thought of our cheeky elves – pictures welcome!

#elves #closed #staysafe

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson's cover photo
18/12/2020

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson's cover photo

Following the announcement that Portsmouth has been moved into Tier 3, the Fort will close at 4pm today until further no...
18/12/2020

Following the announcement that Portsmouth has been moved into Tier 3, the Fort will close at 4pm today until further notice.

We have loved having our visitors back and are looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021.

#Closure #Covid

To celebrate 40 years of the National Heritage Memorial Fund helping to save outstanding items of national significance ...
17/12/2020

To celebrate 40 years of the National Heritage Memorial Fund helping to save outstanding items of national significance from the risk of loss we thought we would say thank you by highlighting a few such pieces they helped to bring to our collection… #NHM40

The Southampton Armour ⠀
Probably French, about 1600 (II.360)⠀

This three-quarter armour is an outstanding example of late Mannerist decoration. Its etched and gilt overall pattern includes interlacing eared snakes in vertical bands, joined by the foliage. This is inhabited by predatory birds, flying parrots, long-eared squirrels, hares, grasshoppers, dragonflies and snails (some winged). ⠀

This 'demilance' armour for the battlefield belonged to Henry Wriothesley, this Earl of Southampton (1573-1624), the only patron acknowledged by Shakespeare. Both the shape and decoration of this armour illustrate the lengths and expense to which noblemen went in order to stand out before Queen Elizabeth. ⠀

Imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1601 for supporting Essex's rebellion against Elizabeth I, Southampton was released by King James I in 1603. Southampton later supported American settlement by the Virginia Company. He died while commanding English troops supporting the Dutch.⠀

~ Dangerous Arts, Royal Armouries, 2017 📘

Children have spotted a cheeky elf having a chat to Lord Nelson.We still need your help to round up 12 mischievous elves...
17/12/2020

Children have spotted a cheeky elf having a chat to Lord Nelson.

We still need your help to round up 12 mischievous elves who have been causing havoc around our Victorian fort.

We also have a 12 Days of Christmas trail for children to enjoy.

Download the trails at https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/?where=FortNelson

Book at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK Admission free. Car parking £3.

Fancy some fresh air and a change of scene?Fort Nelson is situated at the top of Portsdown Hill – the perfect place to g...
16/12/2020

Fancy some fresh air and a change of scene?

Fort Nelson is situated at the top of Portsdown Hill – the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy a panoramic view of the Solent.

Plus our café serves a great hot chocolate with all the trimmings!

Book at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK

Making sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit is our top priority at Fort Nelson.  Even one of our elves has been spot...
16/12/2020

Making sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit is our top priority at Fort Nelson.

Even one of our elves has been spotted reading up on the legislation – now that’s Elf and Safety!

The 12 cheeky elves who have sneaked into Fort Nelson and are still causing mayhem – come and help us find them.

Download the the Christmas Elf Hunt and a 12 Days of Christmas trail at https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/?where=FortNelson

Admission is free but please book in advance at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK
Car Parking £3.

#FestiveFortFun #Christmas #daysoutwiththekids

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Does anyone know?Come and enjoy our 12 Days of Christmas winter ...
15/12/2020

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Does anyone know?

Come and enjoy our 12 Days of Christmas winter trail around the site to get you in the festive mood. Admission free. Car Parking £3.

Download the trail in advance at https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/?where=FortNelson

Please book at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK

#FestiveFortFun #Christmas #DaysOut

Fort Nelson will be closed today due to essential electrical maintenance works taking place in the local area. Please do...
15/12/2020
Visit Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson will be closed today due to essential electrical maintenance works taking place in the local area.

Please do come and visit us when we reopen tomorrow - but remember to book in advance.

@Fort_Nelson #FestiveFortFun #VisitHampshire

Fort Nelson | Reopens 2 December

Do you know someone who loves Fort Nelson? Make a present of the past and give the gift of Royal Armouries membership th...
14/12/2020
Royal Armouries Annual Gift Membership

Do you know someone who loves Fort Nelson? Make a present of the past and give the gift of Royal Armouries membership this Christmas.

Members receive exclusive benefits including free parking and discounts in the shop and café.
#Membership #Christmas

Give the gift of history Give Royal Armouries Membership to someone special and open up for them a range of exclusive benefits and the chance to get up close to the objects and people at the heart of the Royal Armouries. Your gift will also play vital role in supporting the museum and keeping it fre...

Today's #CuratorLockIn comes from Keeper of Firearms and Artillery, Jonathan Ferguson who has selected the E.M.2 (PR.880...
14/12/2020

Today's #CuratorLockIn comes from Keeper of Firearms and Artillery, Jonathan Ferguson who has selected the E.M.2 (PR.880) as the object he would choose to get locked into the museum with.

Today's #CuratorLockIn comes from Keeper of Firearms and Artillery, Jonathan Ferguson who has selected the E.M.2 (PR.880) as the object he would choose to get locked into the museum with.

The Automatic Rifle, .280 inch, E.M. 2 (standing for ‘Experimental Model 2’) ‘bullpup’ rifle, was developed in 1947 and manufactured from 1949 at the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield (now in North London).

It followed the German StG 44 ‘assault rifle’ concept of lower recoil ammunition and a compact length. However, it kept the longer barrel of a normal rifle by relocating the trigger forward of the breech.

I am particularly fascinated by E.M. 2 because of the combination of technology and politics bound up in it. As Rifle, 7 mm, No. 9—in 1951 it became the first bullpup ever adopted for service, but none were ever issued.

E.M. 2 was adopted unilaterally by Britain, but some in authority (including returning Prime Minister Winston Churchill) thought that standardising weapons with the United States was key.

The U.S. refused to accept the 7 mm cartridge, and so E.M. 2 was redesigned for the more powerful 7.62 mm round; but this made the rifle uncontrollable in automatic fire.

Because E.M. 2 was also more expensive, the rival Belgian FN design was adopted in 1954 as ‘Rifle, 7.62 mm, L1A1’. In my view, this was probably the right choice, but E.M. 2 was certainly ahead of its time—other countries did eventually issue bullpup firearms (including the UK’s SA80).

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy the great outdoors with a trip up Portsdown Hill to Fort Nelson – admissi...
13/12/2020

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy the great outdoors with a trip up Portsdown Hill to Fort Nelson – admission is free.

Our cafe is open for hot drinks and delicious food and why not sit outdoors so you can enjoy the breath-taking view of the Solent.

Book at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK.

#Winter Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Children have been doing a wonderful job of spotting the elves hiding around Fort Nelson.We still need more help to find...
12/12/2020

Children have been doing a wonderful job of spotting the elves hiding around Fort Nelson.

We still need more help to find and name all 12 elves so they can be safely sent back to the North Pole in time to help Santa on Christmas Eve.

Download the worksheet at https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/?where=FortNelson

Remember to book in advance at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK.

#FestiveFortFun #Elves #Christmas

Fort Nelson will be closed on Tuesday 15 December due to essential electrical maintenance works taking place in the loca...
12/12/2020

Fort Nelson will be closed on Tuesday 15 December due to essential electrical maintenance works taking place in the local area.

Bookings are closed for Tuesday but please do come and visit us when we reopen on Wednesday 16 December.

Book in advance at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK

Staff at Fort Nelson got into the Christmas spirit today for Christmas Jumper Day 🎄🎅#ChristmasJumperDay @Fort_Nelson
11/12/2020

Staff at Fort Nelson got into the Christmas spirit today for Christmas Jumper Day 🎄🎅

#ChristmasJumperDay @Fort_Nelson

We need your help to find 12 pesky elves who are hiding around our Victorian fort and causing festive chaos.Can you find...
11/12/2020

We need your help to find 12 pesky elves who are hiding around our Victorian fort and causing festive chaos.

Can you find out where they are hiding and tell us their names so we can send them back to Santa in time for Christmas Eve.

Download your free trail from our website at https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/?where=FortNelson

Free admission but book in advance at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK.

#FestiveFortFun #Elves #Christmas

Twelve naughty elves from the North Pole have sneaked into Fort Nelson and are causing mayhem around the site. The elves...
10/12/2020

Twelve naughty elves from the North Pole have sneaked into Fort Nelson and are causing mayhem around the site.

The elves were discovered by staff when they arrived for work today.

Now we need children to help us find the cheeky elves and tell us their names. Come and explore the Fort with our fun trail but keep your eyes open – these mischief-makers get everywhere.

Download the Christmas Elf Hunt and a 12 Days of Christmas trail at https://royalarmouries.org/whats-on/?where=FortNelson

Admission free, Car parking £3 but remember to book in advance at https://bit.ly/37rfTIK

#FestiveFortFun #Elves #Christmas

Are you planning a wedding? Fort Nelson could be just the place you are looking for.Our superbly restored Victorian fort...
09/12/2020

Are you planning a wedding? Fort Nelson could be just the place you are looking for.

Our superbly restored Victorian fort, combined with a scenic position overlooking the Solent, is a unique and dramatic back-drop for long-lasting memories.

We are a COVID-safe venue, and we currently have availability throughout 2021 for small weddings. ​We can also host indoor corporate events for up to 24 delegates.

Please contact our venue hire team to discuss your requirements [email protected]

#Wedding #Venuehire

Fort Nelson is now open and our team are looking forward to welcoming visitors again. We have introduced measures to ens...
08/12/2020
Fort Nelson | Reopens 2 December

Fort Nelson is now open and our team are looking forward to welcoming visitors again. We have introduced measures to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Come and explore the national collection of artillery, have a walk around the ramparts before relaxing in our café.

Remember to book in advance. Admission free. Car parking £3.

@Fort_Nelson

Fort Nelson | Reopens 2 December

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Portsdown Hill Road
Fareham
PO17 6AN

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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You'll see that there is some debate going on about these two unusual pieces. The Cerberus site gives an explanation, but not everyone is convinced. Theories?..... https://www.facebook.com/PalmerstonFortsSociety/posts/210427473774236
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Will your Cafe be re-opening as well. A great place for coffee and a snack.
If you have enjoyed your visit to the Royal Armouries Museum you might like to learn more about its location Fort Nelson. The fort is part of system of 19th century defences called the Palmerston Forts. The Palmerston Forts Society brings together enthusiasts who have an active interest in nineteenth century military fortifications and associated artillery worldwide, but particularly within Hampshire, and is focused on the ring of forts that protected Portsmouth. Pop over to our page to learn more and please comment, like, follow and contribute. https://www.facebook.com/PalmerstonFortsSociety There page includes a link to the Palmerston Forts Society website and there is also a linked Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/324345431260563/
And some moving image from the weekend
Our brave British lads taking French prisoners at Fort Nelson - defending Albion from Napoleon 111's ambitions - the War that never was Friday 7/2/20
Excellent tour and re-enactments tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed all of the actors who stayed in character the entire tour through the 1870s bringing the fort, ramparts and carbines to life. Many thanks. Those that missed this are the losers. Loved the cakes in the cafe also. Thanks
The new Palmerston Forts Society and Portsdown Artillery Volunteers page is open for business. It will include information on members’ meetings and events, PAV activities at Fort Nelson and other venues and any news that comes in. Please visit the site and comment, like, follow and contribute. https://www.facebook.com/PalmerstonFortsSociety/ The old Palmerston Forts Society page has closed but we are transferring some of the content over.
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Lots of interesting things for the kids to see and loads of space to run around. We enjoyed the underground tunnels and the boys really enjoyed the army assault course. A very pleasant afternoon.
Enjoyed a lovely visit this morning with my family. Fab views, nice cafe & not overcrowded despite lots of visitors due to the summer hols. There’s so much to explore. We’ll be back again soon 😃
How much is entry? And is there parking on sitw3