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.

We are recruiting!Are you looking for a new career? Do you have excellent customer service skills? Fort Nelson currently...
09/06/2019

We are recruiting!

Are you looking for a new career? Do you have excellent customer service skills? Fort Nelson currently has three exciting opportunities within their catering team. Applications close 16 June.

Click here for details: ow.ly/sAkr50usOfo

EVENT CANCELLED: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, today's Marine Salvage talk has been cancelled. Our next...
09/06/2019

EVENT CANCELLED: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, today's Marine Salvage talk has been cancelled. Our next free Marine Salvage talk will take place on Sunday 8 September.

Are you looking for a unique wedding venue?Fort Nelson in Fareham is the perfect choice for your special day. It offers ...
08/06/2019

Are you looking for a unique wedding venue?
Fort Nelson in Fareham is the perfect choice for your special day. It offers civil ceremonies, wedding receptions and evening parties. The fort only caters for one wedding a day, so you can rest assured of the staff’s undivided attention and know that they will do their very best to ensure you have a day that you can relax and enjoy.

Whatever style of wedding you choose to have, you can be assured that superb food will be provided accompanied by fine wine and, most of all a friendly and personal service delivered by a team of great people.
The staff at Fort Nelson will be delighted to offer their expert guidance and assistance, endeavouring to meet your every request.

For further information please visit our website: https://royalarmouries.org/about-us/commercial/venue-hire/

Explore objects in our collection using the Royal Armouries Collections Online service. The service now includes a deep-...
07/06/2019

Explore objects in our collection using the Royal Armouries Collections Online service.

The service now includes a deep-zoom feature so you can get closer to our fascinating collection of arms and armour based at Fort Nelson, Leeds and the Tower of London than ever before: https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-23450.html

Café 1871 at Fort Nelson is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the view after visiting the museum and is open daily. Tr...
07/06/2019

Café 1871 at Fort Nelson is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the view after visiting the museum and is open daily. Try out mouthwatering seasonal specials, including delicious cakes, lunches & a selection of hot & cold drinks.

6 June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. Join us at Fort Ne...
06/06/2019

6 June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.

Join us at Fort Nelson and discover the history behind our Second World War collection and enjoy some of the best panoramic views of the Meon Valley and Solent.

Portsmouth in Hampshire will be the focal point of the UK's D-Day75 celebrations.  Looking for somewhere relaxing to mar...
05/06/2019

Portsmouth in Hampshire will be the focal point of the UK's D-Day75 celebrations.

Looking for somewhere relaxing to marvel at the D-Day air display? Join us at Fort Nelson and enjoy a delicious treat in Cafe 1871 whilst witnessing the spectacular flypast of historic aircraft, including iconic spitfire and the Red Arrows at 12:45 pm, followed by a Red Arrow display above Southsea Common at 4:15 pm (times may be subject to change).

Do you have your tickets for our June Fort Talk? Join us tomorrow for our latest Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', an...
04/06/2019

Do you have your tickets for our June Fort Talk?

Join us tomorrow for our latest Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', and the opportunity to explore the tunnels after hours.

The talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations during the Second World War.

Tickets are available from the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

We are recruiting!Are you looking for a new career? Do you have excellent customer service skills? Fort Nelson currently...
04/06/2019

We are recruiting!

Are you looking for a new career? Do you have excellent customer service skills? Fort Nelson currently has three exciting opportunities within their catering team. Applications close 16 June.

Click here for details: ow.ly/sAkr50usOfo

Tickets are still available this weeks Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott. The ta...
03/06/2019

Tickets are still available this weeks Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott.

The talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations during WW2 & contains testimonies which have never been revealed before.

There will also be a rare opportunity for visitors to explore Fort Nelson’s atmospheric North tunnel and underground chambers independently before the talk takes place.

For further details and to book your tickets visit: https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

EVENT CANCELLED: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, our Marine Salvage talk on  Sunday 9 June has been cance...
02/06/2019

EVENT CANCELLED: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, our Marine Salvage talk on Sunday 9 June has been cancelled. Our next free Marine Salvage talk will take place on Sunday 8 September.

Don't miss our monthly themed story time sessions. These free sessions are designed for pre-schoolers, come and join us ...
02/06/2019

Don't miss our monthly themed story time sessions. These free sessions are designed for pre-schoolers, come and join us for story time on the third Wednesday of every month at 11 am.

Our next session is the 19th June. Join us to listen to an enchanting tale, followed by interactive play activities that engage little learners with Fort Nelson and its collection.

Find out about our upcoming sessions: https://royalarmouries.org/event/story-time/

“By Jove look!” here’s an interesting book… The Art of Prowling is one of a series of training booklets written ...
01/06/2019

“By Jove look!” here’s an interesting book… The Art of Prowling is one of a series of training booklets written by Colonel G. A. Wade for the newly recruited Home Guard. This reproduction by the Royal Armouries shows how trainees during the Second World War learned to sneak up on the enemy without being seen.

Product Link
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/the-art-of-prowling.html

Tickets are still available for our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott. The ...
01/06/2019

Tickets are still available for our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott.

The talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations during WW2 & contains testimonies which have never been revealed before.

There will also be a rare opportunity for visitors to explore Fort Nelson’s atmospheric North tunnel and underground chambers independently before the talk takes place.

For further details and to book your tickets visit: https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

Tickets are available for our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott. The talk r...
31/05/2019

Tickets are available for our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott.

The talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations during the Second World War & contains testimonies which have never been revealed before.

For further details and to book your tickets visit: https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

One of the oldest and most enigmatic treasures in the Royal Armouries archives is the earliest known surviving example o...
31/05/2019

One of the oldest and most enigmatic treasures in the Royal Armouries archives is the earliest known surviving example of a Fechtbuch, or Fight Book known commonly as the I:33.

We don’t know who it was written by or for, or even why it was written, but we do know is that it is the oldest known European fencing manual anywhere in existence. Now you can buy your very own copy.

This new edition includes a critical introduction, transcription and translation by Jeffrey L. Forgeng, the foremost authority on I.33, as well as including all the stunning imagery featured in the original.

Product Link
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications-en/the-medieval-art-of-swordsmanship-royal-armouries-ms-i.33.html

We are recruiting!Are you looking for a new career? Do you have excellent customer service skills? Fort Nelson currently...
30/05/2019

We are recruiting!

Are you looking for a new career? Do you have excellent customer service skills? Fort Nelson currently has three exciting opportunities within their catering team. Applications close 16 June.

Click here for details: ow.ly/sAkr50usOfo

Exploring the 19-acre fort of open areas, buildings and tunnels on your own is exciting, but for a real insight into the...
30/05/2019

Exploring the 19-acre fort of open areas, buildings and tunnels on your own is exciting, but for a real insight into the history and lives of the people who lived and worked at the Fort join one of our fact-packed 50 minute guided tours.

Tours take place at 11:15 am and 1:30 pm daily and tickets cost £3 for adults (under 16s go free).

Tickets for tours can be booked on arrival at the Visitor Centre.

https://royalarmouries.org/venue/fort-nelson/

Join us at Fort Nelson for a week of action-packed half term activities designed to enlighten and entertain all ages, in...
30/05/2019

Join us at Fort Nelson for a week of action-packed half term activities designed to enlighten and entertain all ages, including free fact-packed guided tours and the opportunity to get up close with history in our themed talks and special object handling sessions.
Discover more about the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and how they developed 'rat bombs' before testing their skills at deciphering Morse code.

Children are invited to enrol in the Home Guard where they will re-enact an air raid with period characters and work together to build a giant tank!

Further information is available on the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/event/second-world-war/

Get all the latest updates about our events and collections by signing up to the Fort Nelson e-newsletter! You can also ...
29/05/2019
Fort Nelson e-newsletter

Get all the latest updates about our events and collections by signing up to the Fort Nelson e-newsletter! You can also follow us on Twitter (@Fort_Nelson) and Instagram (@royalarmouriesmuseum) for more exciting updates from the Fort:https://royalarmouries.org/connect-with-us/fort-nelson-e-newsletter/

Get all the latest Royal Armouries news, including updates on our events, exhibitions, cafe and retail offers from our sites in Leeds, Fort Nelson and the Tower of London.We will only use your personal information to send you copies of our e-newsletter, from which you may unsubscribe at any time...

What will you discover this half term? Join us at Fort Nelson for a week of action-packed activities designed to enlight...
29/05/2019

What will you discover this half term?

Join us at Fort Nelson for a week of action-packed activities designed to enlighten and entertain all ages, including free fact-packed guided tours and special object handling sessions.

Discover more about the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and how they developed 'rat bombs' before testing their skills at deciphering Morse code.

Children are invited to enrol in the Home Guard where they will re-enact an air raid with period characters and work together to build a giant tank!

Further information is available on the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/event/second-world-war/

What are your plans this half term?Join us at Fort Nelson for a week of action-packed activities designed to enlighten a...
28/05/2019

What are your plans this half term?

Join us at Fort Nelson for a week of action-packed activities designed to enlighten and entertain all ages this half term, including free fact-packed guided tours and the opportunity to get up close with history in our themed talks and special object handling sessions.

Children are invited to enrol in the Home Guard where they will re-enact an air raid with period characters and work together to build a giant tank!

Further information is available on the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/event/second-world-war/

Don't miss our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott. The talk reveals why few ...
27/05/2019

Don't miss our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott.

The talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations during the Second World War & contains testimonies which have never been revealed before.

For further details and to book your tickets visit: https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

Looking for some light refreshments after exploring the Fort? Cafe 1871 is open daily serving a delicious range of seaso...
27/05/2019
Cafe 1871

Looking for some light refreshments after exploring the Fort? Cafe 1871 is open daily serving a delicious range of seasonal specials, freshly brewed tea & barista style coffee: http://ow.ly/QNry30nKXRh

Cafe 1871 is the perfect place to meet up with family and friends for some refreshments after you’ve explored the museum. Situated in the Fort’s Visitor Centre, the cafe is bright and modern with a traditional twist. Whether seated indoors or outside enjoying one of the best views in south...

What will you discover this half term? Join us at Fort Nelson next week & discover the forts fascinating history in a we...
26/05/2019

What will you discover this half term?
Join us at Fort Nelson next week & discover the forts fascinating history in a week of Second World War themed activities. Kids can join the Home Guard, practice drills & build a giant jig saw tank! There will also be tours, talks & handling sessions.

Further information about our May half term activity programme is available here: https://royalarmouries.org/event/second-world-war/

Did you know a shortage of anti-tank guns occurred after the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940. This encouraged William H. Smith...
26/05/2019

Did you know a shortage of anti-tank guns occurred after the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940. This encouraged William H. Smith, a retired Army Major, to design the rough and ready make shift anti-tank weapon, the Smith Gun.

What are your plans today? Come and explore the parade ground and witness the 24-pounder Indian bronze gun, captured at ...
25/05/2019

What are your plans today? Come and explore the parade ground and witness the 24-pounder Indian bronze gun, captured at Fort Kurnaul, Madras in 1838. There are four tigers' heads and two tigers' stripes on the gun.

Did you know it has never been fired because the vent is undrilled!

Tickets are available for our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott. The talk r...
25/05/2019

Tickets are available for our next Fort Talk, 'Secret Wartime Britain', on 5 June with author Colin Philpott.

The talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations during WW2 & contains testimonies which have never been revealed before.

For further details and to book your tickets visit: https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

Join us at Fort Nelson this half term Fort Nelson and find out about the forts fascinating history in this week of theme...
24/05/2019

Join us at Fort Nelson this half term Fort Nelson and find out about the forts fascinating history in this week of themed family activities for half-term.

May half term activity programme at the Fort:
Monday 27 – Friday 31 May 2019

Second World War tours

Join the Home Guard activities for children
A member of the Fort Nelson Home Guard will drill young recruits in how to identify and disable an enemy tank and work together to build a giant jig saw tank.

Air Raid Drill
Children will have the opportunity to discover what a dangerous life it was for the soldiers as they re-enact an air raid with costumed characters.

Talk: Weapons of D-Day
Visitors can get up close with history in our free Weapons of D-day themed insight talk and themed handling session.

Talk: S.O.E (Special Operations Executive)
Visitors can discover more about the Special Operations Executive, set up in 1940 to wage a secret war, and how the SOE developed ‘rat bombs’, (as bad as they sound!) before testing their skills at deciphering a Morse code message.

Fort Nelson will be open from 10 am to 5 pm (April-October) and museum admission is free. Parking is £3.

Further information is available on the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/event/second-world-war/

Get your walking boots on this weekend and explore the 19 acres of ramparts, fortifications, underground tunnels and bun...
24/05/2019

Get your walking boots on this weekend and explore the 19 acres of ramparts, fortifications, underground tunnels and bunkers at Fort Nelson. We're free and open until 4 pm: https://royalarmouries.org

The big hitter of the 16th century, the Portuguese Bronze cannon, 1594. This cannon fired a heavy cast iron cannon-ball....
23/05/2019

The big hitter of the 16th century, the Portuguese Bronze cannon, 1594.

This cannon fired a heavy cast iron cannon-ball. Why not come and explore the galleries at Fort Nelson this week and learn more about the cannons powerful short range smashing and shocking effect when attacking and defending fortifications?

Tickets are available now our next Fort talk 'Secret Wartime Britain'. This fascinating talk reveals why few people brok...
22/05/2019

Tickets are available now our next Fort talk 'Secret Wartime Britain'.

This fascinating talk reveals why few people broke special wartime regulations designed to protect secret information during the Second World War, and contains testimonies, which have never been revealed before, from men and women who worked in extraordinary circumstances at secret sites.
In the age of Twitter, Instagram and WikiLeaks it is difficult to imagine a world where people kept quiet about state secrets.

During the evening, Colin Philpott, author of the book, Secret Wartime Britain, will reveal how during the Second World War thousands of sites across Britain were requisitioned, repurposed or built from scratch to support the war efforts. Colin will share the stories of these factories, command centres, spying bases, decoy airfields, battle rehearsal sites, research facilities, interrogation centres and other wartime locations, exploring how secret the locations really were and why so many remain in the shadows even many years after 1945.

There will also be a rare opportunity for visitors to explore Fort Nelson’s atmospheric North tunnel and underground chambers independently before the talk takes place.
Date: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Main tunnel: 6pm – 7pm
Fort Talk: 7 pm – 9 pm
Tickets: £5 per person and includes refreshments

Tickets are available in advance from the Royal Armouries website: royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks or from the Fort Nelson Visitor Centre.

Tell us what you think of the Royal Armouries website.We’d be incredibly grateful if you could spare just a few minute...
21/05/2019
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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
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Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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