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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Time is running out to sign up for our Royal Armouries online conference about the Field of Cloth of Gold exhibition thi...
23/09/2020

Time is running out to sign up for our Royal Armouries online conference about the Field of Cloth of Gold exhibition this Friday.

Our three speakers, Richard Barber (10.45am), Keith Dowen (1.15pm) and Marina Viallon (2.45pm) will explore the background and significance of Henry VIII’s spectacular sporting and diplomatic event.

For more details and to sign up, visit our website at https://bit.ly/3hCOIh6

@Fort_Nelson #RoyalArmouries

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff are helping visitors discover the fascinating history of Fort Nelson.Free 20-mi...
22/09/2020

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff are helping visitors discover the fascinating history of Fort Nelson.

Free 20-minute Insight tours will run every weekday until the end of September during the first two sessions of the day.

These introductory talks will reveal some intriguing facts and direct visitors to various points of interest around the site. Join a tour and let our staff bring history to life for you.

Tours are limited to six people in accordance with Government guidelines. Details of the next available tour will be available from reception when you check in.

Bookings at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

@Fort_Nelson #RoyalArmouries #Tours #History

Have you run out of places to take your preschoolers? Look no further than Fort Nelson and admission is free! Children c...
22/09/2020

Have you run out of places to take your preschoolers? Look no further than Fort Nelson and admission is free!

Children can hunt for 10 monsters hidden around the site and have a go at the low-level maze challenge.

Download the trail in advance at https://bit.ly/3iBRjbN

We forward to seeing you soon. Remember to book in advance at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD Car parking £3.

@Fort_Nelson #DaysOut #Portsmouth

Find out about ‘Crusader arms and armour from Africa and Asia’ at our free online lecture on 30 September from 2pm to 3p...
21/09/2020

Find out about ‘Crusader arms and armour from Africa and Asia’ at our free online lecture on 30 September from 2pm to 3pm.

Natasha Bennett, Curator of Oriental Collections, from the Royal Armouries, will deliver the lecture to identify some types of African and Asian arms and armour as surviving equipment from the Crusades.

Book your place now at https://bit.ly/3mqOopf

#MuseumfromHome #RoyalArmouries

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we reopened Fort Nelson – we have loved having you back on si...
20/09/2020

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we reopened Fort Nelson – we have loved having you back on site.

Our visitors have been so generous, and we are grateful for your purchases made in the shop, at the refreshment kiosk and of course your donations.

At this time, when we have lost £6 in every £7 of self-generated income, your support for this national collection is vital.

You can donate at any time https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/donations/

#Donations #SupportUs

We’re delighted to be receiving lots of lovely reviews on our social media channels and TripAdvisor. Have a look at some...
19/09/2020

We’re delighted to be receiving lots of lovely reviews on our social media channels and TripAdvisor.

Have a look at some of the great feedback that we have been receiving in the reviews section since we reopened.

“Would highly recommend, staff are very polite and friendly. Excellent COVID measures in place. Kids thoroughly enjoyed it - great experience.”

“Fantastic educational resource and well laid out. Unbelievable that this is a free location to visit, and well worth the trip. I will definitely be returning.”

Book now at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

#DaysOut #Portsmouth

To complement our Royal Armouries Field of Cloth of Gold exhibition we are hosting day two of our online conference with...
18/09/2020

To complement our Royal Armouries Field of Cloth of Gold exhibition we are hosting day two of our online conference with some of the most accomplished researchers and historians of the Tudor period.

On Friday 25 September our three speakers, Richard Barber (10.45am), Keith Dowen (1.15pm) and Marina Viallon (2.45pm) will explore the background and significance of Henry VIII’s spectacular sporting and diplomatic event.

For more details and to sign up, visit our website at https://bit.ly/3iBjEQ5

#RoyalArmouries

The weekend is almost here!We still have some tickets available for the weekend so why not have a day out at Fort Nelson...
18/09/2020

The weekend is almost here!

We still have some tickets available for the weekend so why not have a day out at Fort Nelson.

Book here at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD. We would love to see you!

Admission is free. Car parking £3.

@Fort_Nelson #DaysOut #Hampshire

This #ThrowbackThursday looks at the last part of the construction of the Common Platform which allowed the Portsdown Ar...
17/09/2020

This #ThrowbackThursday looks at the last part of the construction of the Common Platform which allowed the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV) to fire a 64-pounder RML gun on the ramparts of Fort Nelson.

The first platform was made with softwood in 2009 but unfortunately it had started to rot by 2016 so had to be demolished.

New hardwood timbers were cut and manoeuvred in to place by the PAV-gun team and master carpenters. Royal Armouries technicians then remounted the platform. A real team effort.

Thank you to the Palmerston Fort Society for these pictures.

#PalmerstonFortSociety @Fort_Nelson

Treat your pre-schoolers to a day out at Fort Nelson where they can crack the low-level maze and find ten monsters hidde...
16/09/2020

Treat your pre-schoolers to a day out at Fort Nelson where they can crack the low-level maze and find ten monsters hidden around the site.

Our kiosk is open for light refreshments, coffee and ice cream – making it the perfect place for a play date.

Download the maze in advance at https://bit.ly/3iBRjbN. Booking is essential at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

Admission is free. Car parking £3.

@Fort_Nelson #DaysOut #Portsmouth

16/09/2020
Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries museum at our partner site in Leeds has reopened today!

Staff are enjoying welcoming visitors back to the national collection of arms and armour.

The mission at the Royal Armouries has always been one of protection and we cannot wait to welcome you back! Here's what to expect from your visit.

Good luck to our Royal Armouries team in Leeds for their re-opening today. Our Leeds museum is home to the ultimate coll...
16/09/2020

Good luck to our Royal Armouries team in Leeds for their re-opening today.

Our Leeds museum is home to the ultimate collection of Personal Protective Equipment.

The Royal Armouries has three sites across the country – the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Fort Nelson and the White Tower in the Tower of London. Each showcases objects from our magnificent national collection of arms, armour and artillery.

Find out more at https://royalarmouries.org/

#RoyalArmouries @Fort_Nelson

Royal Armouries and Boydell & Brewer are pleased to announce the publication of The medieval tournament as spectacle. To...
15/09/2020

Royal Armouries and Boydell & Brewer are pleased to announce the publication of The medieval tournament as spectacle.

To mark the launch the editors, Karen Watts, Alan Murray and Martyn Lawrence, will discuss Tourneys, jousts and pas d'armes, 1100-1600.
This event will take place online on Friday 18 September at 4pm.

Sign up at https://bit.ly/2Fn1Slm

To mark the launch of the new publication all attendees will receive a 50% off discount code to purchase the book at an offer price of £30.

#RoyalArmouries #MuseumFromHome

Just a gentle reminder that Government guidance has changed to allow groups of no larger than six to meet (unless your h...
15/09/2020

Just a gentle reminder that Government guidance has changed to allow groups of no larger than six to meet (unless your household is larger than six.)
Also, please bring a face mask when you are visiting Fort Nelson to ensure the safety of visitors and our staff.
Face coverings need to be worn in all inside areas, including the Visitor Centre, Voice of the Guns gallery, the Artillery Hall and in the tunnel.
We are open seven days a week and look forward to seeing you soon.
Book in advance at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD
Admission is free. Car parking £3.
#Covid #FaceCoverings

Good morning from Fort Nelson.Come and enjoy the best view of Portsmouth and the Solent and have a coffee from our outsi...
14/09/2020

Good morning from Fort Nelson.

Come and enjoy the best view of Portsmouth and the Solent and have a coffee from our outside kiosk, whilst surrounded by history.

Admission free. Car parking £3.

Book now at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

#Portsmouth #daysout

Find out about ‘Crusader arms and armour from Africa and Asia’ at our free online lecture on 30 September from 2pm to 3p...
13/09/2020

Find out about ‘Crusader arms and armour from Africa and Asia’ at our free online lecture on 30 September from 2pm to 3pm.

Natasha Bennett, Curator of Oriental Collections, from the Royal Armouries, will give the lecture.

Book now at https://bit.ly/3k9Sq3v

#MuseumfromHome

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we reopened Fort Nelson – we have loved having you back on si...
13/09/2020

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we reopened Fort Nelson – we have loved having you back on site.

Our visitors have been so generous, and we are grateful for your purchases made in the shop, at the refreshment kiosk and of course your donations.

At this time, when we have lost £6 in every £7 of self-generated income, your support for this national collection is vital.

You can donate at any time at https://bit.ly/33afmbS

#Donations #SupportUs

We’re delighted to be receiving lots of lovely reviews on our social media channels and TripAdvisor. “What a fantastic p...
12/09/2020

We’re delighted to be receiving lots of lovely reviews on our social media channels and TripAdvisor.

“What a fantastic place. It was so full of excitement and wonder for the children.

“The guide was so knowledgeable and had endless patience with the kids’ questions, of which there were many.

“Obviously due to Covid, there were some restrictions, but they didn’t spoil our wonderful afternoon out.”

Come and visit and write your own review of Fort Nelson. A warm welcome awaits you.

Book now at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

#DidYouKnow Fort Nelson is part of the Royal Armouries with three sites nationwide which house the national collection o...
11/09/2020

#DidYouKnow Fort Nelson is part of the Royal Armouries with three sites nationwide which house the national collection of arms and armour.

Find out more about the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Fort Nelson and the White Tower at https://royalarmouries.org/

#RoyalArmouries

To complement our Royal Armouries online Field of Cloth of Gold exhibition we are hosting day two of our free online con...
11/09/2020

To complement our Royal Armouries online Field of Cloth of Gold exhibition we are hosting day two of our free online conference with some of the most accomplished researchers and historians of the Tudor period.

On Friday 25 September our three speakers, Richard Barber (10.45am), Keith Dowen (1.15pm) and Marina Viallon (2.45pm) will explore the background and significance of Henry VIII’s spectacular sporting and diplomatic event.

You need to sign up for each of the three links individually.

Richard Barber
The Field of Cloth of Gold: The last medieval festival?
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-lecture-richard-barber-tickets-118643561085

Keith Dowen
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-lecture-keith-dowen-tickets-118647005387

Marina Viallon
‘A la mode de France’: The Field of Cloth of Gold in the Context of French Renaissance Tournaments https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-lecture-marina-viallon-tickets-118647781709

This #ThrowbackThursday looks at the third part of the construction of the Common Platform which allowed the Portsdown A...
10/09/2020

This #ThrowbackThursday looks at the third part of the construction of the Common Platform which allowed the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV) to fire a 64 pounder RML gun on the ramparts of Fort Nelson.

The first platform was made with softwood in 2009 and unfortunately started to rot in 2016 – so had to be demolished.

In early 2018 the PAV surveyed the site, consulted experts, and started to plan how to build a more durable replacement platform.

Ekki hardwood beams were delivered and moved onto the ramparts for construction to begin.

Thank you to the Palmerston Forts Society for these pictures.

#PalmerstonFortSociety @Fort_Nelson

The medieval tournament as spectacle is the latest in our series of online free lectures. The event will take place on F...
09/09/2020

The medieval tournament as spectacle is the latest in our series of online free lectures.

The event will take place on Friday 18 September between 4pm and 5pm and will look at Tourneys, jousts and pas d'armes, 1100-1600.

Guest speakers will be :
Alan Murray – Senior Lecturer in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds
Karen Watts – Curator Emeritus, Royal Armouries
Martyn Lawrence – Publishing Manager, Royal Armouries

Sign up at https://bit.ly/35k0VEU

To mark the launch of this new series of co-publications we are pleased to be able to offer a 50% discount to attendees of the lecture.

Offer price: £30
A discount code will be sent to those who register for the lecture.

#RoyalArmouries #MuseumfromHome

Now the oldest children are back at school, why not treat the younger ones to a day out at Fort Nelson.Our low-level maz...
09/09/2020

Now the oldest children are back at school, why not treat the younger ones to a day out at Fort Nelson.
Our low-level maze and monster trail make it the perfect place for a play date with friends – and our kiosk is open for light refreshments, ice cream and coffee.
Admission is free. Car parking £3.
Download the maze in advance at https://bit.ly/3iBRjbN
Booking is essential at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

@Fort_Nelson #daysout

08/09/2020
Rediscover your love of the Winchester District

We are delighted to be included in the new Visit Winchester film.

Support your local attractions - come and visit us at Fort Nelson soon!

Booking your visit at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

Rediscover what's on your doorstep The Winchester District | Historic city | Vibrant market towns | Beautiful villages | Unspoilt nature We can't wait to wel...

What a wonderful summer we had! We would love to see pictures of your visit to Fort Nelson – please post them in the com...
07/09/2020

What a wonderful summer we had!

We would love to see pictures of your visit to Fort Nelson – please post them in the comments below.

Hundreds of children enjoyed our low-level maze and monster trail – and it is still open – and free.

Download your trail in advance at https://bit.ly/3iBRjbN

Booking is essential at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

Become a Royal Armouries Hero.Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is a charity and all donations go towards caring for our colle...
06/09/2020

Become a Royal Armouries Hero.
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is a charity and all donations go towards caring for our collection, running our education programme, and bringing history to life.
Your support is more important than ever to us as we seek to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Donate today at https://bit.ly/3fSHVPw. Help our museum thrive and keep it free for generations to come.
@Fort_Nelson #RoyalArmouries

Our visitors have praised Fort Nelson in a recent survey for: • The friendliness and welcome of the staff • Being a safe...
05/09/2020

Our visitors have praised Fort Nelson in a recent survey for:
• The friendliness and welcome of the staff
• Being a safe place to visit
• Cleanliness and upkeep of the site
• Being family friendly
• Offering something very different

Come and visit soon by booking at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

@Fort_Nelson #DaysOut #Portsmouth

We are ‘Good to go’  so come and visit us at Fort Nelson - step back in history and see the national collection of armou...
04/09/2020

We are ‘Good to go’ so come and visit us at Fort Nelson - step back in history and see the national collection of armoury.

Advance bookings only at https://bit.ly/34SVOL
Free admission Car parking £3
@Fort_Nelson #Portsmouth #Museum

Our friendly staff came out as one of the top reasons to visit Fort Nelson, in a recent survey.Visitors said staff were ...
04/09/2020

Our friendly staff came out as one of the top reasons to visit Fort Nelson, in a recent survey.

Visitors said staff were very helpful, always on hand to help and very knowledgeable.

A warm welcome awaits you at Fort Nelson.

Book your visit today at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

Our kiosk is fully stocked with snacks and light refreshments for you to enjoy during a visit to Fort Nelson. The site i...
03/09/2020

Our kiosk is fully stocked with snacks and light refreshments for you to enjoy during a visit to Fort Nelson.

The site is the perfect place for a scenic walk whilst taking in the best view of Portsmouth before stopping for a hot drink or ice cream.

The Voice of the Guns gallery and newly refurbished Artillery Hall is open as well as the underground tunnels.

Open daily but please book in advance at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

Our café remains closed at the present time.

Good luck to children and school staff returning to classes this week. We are currently unable to offer school visits to...
03/09/2020

Good luck to children and school staff returning to classes this week.

We are currently unable to offer school visits to Fort Nelson but our Home Learning Hub is still available online at https://bit.ly/3gKYihq

And look out for news about our online Schools Learning Hub – coming soon.

#BackToSchool

A polite reminder to bring face masks to Fort Nelson when you are visiting the site to ensure the safety of visitors and...
02/09/2020

A polite reminder to bring face masks to Fort Nelson when you are visiting the site to ensure the safety of visitors and our staff.

In line with Government guidance, masks need to be worn in all inside areas, including the Visitors Centre, Voice of the Guns gallery, the Artillery Hall and in the tunnel.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Book in advance at https://bit.ly/34SVOLD

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we reopened Fort Nelson – we have loved having you back on si...
02/09/2020

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we reopened Fort Nelson – we have loved having you back on site.

Our visitors have been so generous, and we are grateful for your purchases made in the shop, at the refreshment kiosk and of course your donations.

At this time, when we have lost £6 in every £7 of self-generated income, your support for this national collection is vital.

You can donate at any time https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/donations/
#Donations #SupportUs

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Portsdown Hill Road
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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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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
We had a wonderful time visiting Fort Nelson last Saturday. Our five year old grandson loved it, especially the tour of the underground tunnels and the guide made sure it was interesting for all ages. The treasure chests were great, it was good fun following the map and opening the lock with the combination, there was plenty to keep us all amused inside. A special thank you to the first aider who was brilliant when our little one bumped his head, I think her name was Kelly but apologies if I've got it wrong. All the staff were very friendly and really helped to make our visit enjoyable. Thanks again, we'll be back.
Had a fab morning at Fort Nelson. We loved playing with the treasure boxes and hope they become a permanent fixture