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Fantastic afternoon with talented young people playing wonderful music in the sunshine, and that was  just a rehearsal, ...
10/06/2021

Fantastic afternoon with talented young people playing wonderful music in the sunshine, and that was just a rehearsal, main event on August 1st 🎷🎶🥁

This Thursday Tilbury Fort will be the destination for the Thurrock 100 walking 2.5 miles from Tilbury Town to the Fort ...
08/06/2021

This Thursday Tilbury Fort will be the destination for the Thurrock 100 walking 2.5 miles from Tilbury Town to the Fort 👣

Remembering D-DayToday marks the 77th anniversary of the D-DAY Landings. Our Poppies are in bloom in front of our guns a...
06/06/2021

Remembering D-Day

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the D-DAY Landings. Our Poppies are in bloom in front of our guns as a reminder of those who gave their yesterday, for our today 🌷

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Remembering D-Day

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the D-DAY Landings. Our Poppies are in bloom in front of our guns as a reminder of those who gave their yesterday, for our today 🌷

Step into England's Story

Glorious weather we are having making for a great day out at Tilbury Fort 🌞Please pre book your tickets here  ➡️  https:...
03/06/2021

Glorious weather we are having making for a great day out at Tilbury Fort 🌞
Please pre book your tickets here ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

Glorious weather we are having making for a great day out at Tilbury Fort 🌞
Please pre book your tickets here ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

The collection conservation team hard at work today, preparing the inside spaces for reopeningPlease pre-book your ticke...
18/05/2021

The collection conservation team hard at work today, preparing the inside spaces for reopening

Please pre-book your tickets ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

The collection conservation team hard at work today, preparing the inside spaces for reopening

Please pre-book your tickets ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

Topographical survey of the South curtain and South East Bastion today
12/05/2021

Topographical survey of the South curtain and South East Bastion today

Topographical survey of the South curtain and South East Bastion today

Today May 5th marks the bicentenary of the death Napoleon Bonaparte, who died 1821 at the age of 51,Pictured here in a f...
05/05/2021

Today May 5th marks the bicentenary of the death Napoleon Bonaparte, who died 1821 at the age of 51,
Pictured here in a full-length portrait by Robert Lefevre (1755-1830) from the Wellington Collection at Apsley House London.
He is dressed in the uniform of a French General wearing a sash and star of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour and was about 44 years of age when painted.
Just one of many of the incredible works of art in the Wellington collection at Apsley house and open as from May 19th for pre booked visits
➡️ https://bit.ly/Apsley-House

Today May 5th marks the bicentenary of the death Napoleon Bonaparte, who died 1821 at the age of 51,
Pictured here in a full-length portrait by Robert Lefevre (1755-1830) from the Wellington Collection at Apsley House London.
He is dressed in the uniform of a French General wearing a sash and star of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour and was about 44 years of age when painted.
Just one of many of the incredible works of art in the Wellington collection at Apsley house and open as from May 19th for pre booked visits
➡️ https://bit.ly/Apsley-House

May the Fort be with you
04/05/2021

May the Fort be with you

May the Fort be with you

Happy Saint George’s DayPictured is an artist impression of the Henrician Blockhouse artillery fort built 1539 with the ...
23/04/2021

Happy Saint George’s Day

Pictured is an artist impression of the Henrician Blockhouse artillery fort built 1539 with the St Georges flag flying aloft. In the distance east Tilbury block house and St James’s church on gun hill.
The Blockhouse fort was one of only two surviving along the Thames when Queen Elizabeth 1st came to inspect the English army camped at gun hill in 1588. The Fort was incorporated in with the Charles 2nd star shape fort and was remodeled as a gun depot, but was sadly demolished in 1863 to make way for bigger guns.

“Cry God for Harry! England, and Saint George”
William Shakespeare

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Happy Saint George’s Day

Pictured is an artist impression of the Henrician Blockhouse artillery fort built 1539 with the St Georges flag flying aloft. In the distance east Tilbury block house and St James’s church on gun hill.
The Blockhouse fort was one of only two surviving along the Thames when Queen Elizabeth 1st came to inspect the English army camped at gun hill in 1588. The Fort was incorporated in with the Charles 2nd star shape fort and was remodeled as a gun depot, but was sadly demolished in 1863 to make way for bigger guns.

“Cry God for Harry! England, and Saint George”
William Shakespeare

Step into England’s Story
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Did you know that throughout history, people have given each other eggs at spring festivals to celebrate the new season?...
31/03/2021
Why do we eat eggs at Easter?

Did you know that throughout history, people have given each other eggs at spring festivals to celebrate the new season? 🥚

🐤 Eggs represent new life and rebirth, and it's thought that this ancient custom became a part of Easter celebrations.

Find out more ⬇️ https://eht.social/3vPbNW1

How did eggs become such an important part of Easter celebrations? Find out with our mini history of the Easter egg.

We're OPEN and can't wait to welcome you back! 🙌You'll still need to book in advance and please bear in mind the governm...
29/03/2021

We're OPEN and can't wait to welcome you back! 🙌

You'll still need to book in advance and please bear in mind the government's latest advice to minimise travel.

For more details and to book tickets, please see ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

We're OPEN and can't wait to welcome you back! 🙌

You'll still need to book in advance and please bear in mind the government's latest advice to minimise travel.

For more details and to book tickets, please see ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

We're getting ready to wind the clocks forward this weekend, are you? ⏰Here is a photo of the stunning historic clock he...
27/03/2021

We're getting ready to wind the clocks forward this weekend, are you? ⏰

Here is a photo of the stunning historic clock here at Tilbury Fort, taken by our Site Manager.

We're getting ready to wind the clocks forward this weekend, are you? ⏰

Here is a photo of the stunning historic clock here at Tilbury Fort, taken by our Site Manager.

To mark National Reflection Day this week, we've added a little bit of spring into our historic chapel here at Tilbury F...
25/03/2021

To mark National Reflection Day this week, we've added a little bit of spring into our historic chapel here at Tilbury Fort. 🌼🌞

To mark National Reflection Day this week, we've added a little bit of spring into our historic chapel here at Tilbury Fort. 🌼🌞

We plan to reopen on 29 March and can't wait to see you! 😀For the time being, you'll still need to book in advance and t...
05/03/2021

We plan to reopen on 29 March and can't wait to see you! 😀

For the time being, you'll still need to book in advance and tickets are available now. Our indoor areas will be closed.

For more details and to book tickets, please see ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

We plan to reopen on 29 March and can't wait to see you! 😀

For the time being, you'll still need to book in advance and tickets are available now. Our indoor areas will be closed.

For more details and to book tickets, please see ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

09/02/2021

Stunning snowy scenes at Tilbury Fort this morning! ☃❄

📷 Look at these great snaps captured by Paul, our Site Manager.

Did you know that in January 1680 the winter weather slowed down much of the work at Tilbury Fort? ❄☃High tides damaged ...
26/01/2021

Did you know that in January 1680 the winter weather slowed down much of the work at Tilbury Fort? ❄☃

High tides damaged the wharf and many areas were in need of repair, including the gutter of the Soldier's Barracks and the roof of the Great Store house. 🔨🔧🧰

📷 Take a look at this throwback from 2018 of Tilbury Fort covered in a blanket of snow.

Did you know that in January 1680 the winter weather slowed down much of the work at Tilbury Fort? ❄☃

High tides damaged the wharf and many areas were in need of repair, including the gutter of the Soldier's Barracks and the roof of the Great Store house. 🔨🔧🧰

📷 Take a look at this throwback from 2018 of Tilbury Fort covered in a blanket of snow.

ℹ We want to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are currently closed. If you’ve bought tickets to visi...
06/01/2021

ℹ We want to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are currently closed.

If you’ve bought tickets to visit, we’ll refund you automatically.

We hope to reopen in the near future and we’re taking bookings for early spring.

01/01/2021
The Tilbury Fort team would like to wish all our visitors and followers a very Merry Christmas 🎅🎄#Christmas ➡️ https://b...
24/12/2020

The Tilbury Fort team would like to wish all our visitors and followers a very Merry Christmas 🎅🎄
#Christmas
➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

It's a cold day for conservation, yet still it must be done.Work to the Fort Chapel windows has been carried out this we...
18/12/2020

It's a cold day for conservation, yet still it must be done.
Work to the Fort Chapel windows has been carried out this week, with more conservation work on the way.

The Fort is open this weekend, outside spaces only, and the Guard House gift shop is open for any last minute Christmas gifts.

Pre book your visit here ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

Today is Saint Barbara day, Saint Barbara is the  patron saint of miners, military engineers, gunners and anyone who wor...
04/12/2020

Today is Saint Barbara day,
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of miners, military engineers, gunners and anyone who works with gunpowder explosives and especially artillery men. 💥

We're open! 🥳 From today we're operating in Tier 2 and some parts of your visit might be different or restricted. Please...
02/12/2020

We're open! 🥳

From today we're operating in Tier 2 and some parts of your visit might be different or restricted. Please see our website for more information and book tickets ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

11/11/2020
English Heritage

English Heritage

Today marks 100 years since the Cenotaph was unveiled by King George V at 11am on 11 November 1920, the second anniversary of the Armistice.

Lest We Forget
08/11/2020

Lest We Forget

ℹ️ Tilbury Fort will be open in November for our local visitors and Members. All indoor spaces at Tilbury Fort will be c...
06/11/2020

ℹ️ Tilbury Fort will be open in November for our local visitors and Members. All indoor spaces at Tilbury Fort will be closed but, our beautiful grounds are open in line with Government guidelines.

You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government's guidance on essential journeys before you plan your visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/Tilbury-Fort

Happy Halloween 👻💀🧟‍♂️🦇🕸
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween 👻💀🧟‍♂️🦇🕸

Essex county council conservation team day out of the office today at Tilbury Fort.
30/10/2020

Essex county council conservation team day out of the office today at Tilbury Fort.

We would like to share this testimonial from social  blogger 'Really no such thing as bad weather' who visited Tilbury F...
28/10/2020

We would like to share this testimonial from social blogger 'Really no such thing as bad weather' who visited Tilbury Fort earlier in the month. We love that they had "the beast day ever"
Please pre book for your half-term visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/3eKRlMn

Are your children fascinated with castles and forts?

B has been wanting to go to Tilbury Fort on the Thames Estuary for ages. We went today and had a great time. B said he had “the best day ever”.

He loved running around the grounds and up and down the hills. He also really enjoyed exploring the tunnel (one way system), seeing the cannons and huge guns. There could do with being more signs around the grounds as there was a lack of info. There were only a handful of other families when we were there which was great.

We had a walk along the river after seeing the fort. B always enjoys seeing the boats and ships.

Good social distancing measures. Visitor numbers are limited, timed entry slots and masks indoors. Unfortunately some areas where social distancing would be hard are closed.

A bit of history... The first fort on the site was built by Henry VIII. It was then used to protect London right up until after the Second World War. In the 18th Century it was used as a depot to store gunpowder. After the Second World War it was demobilised and is now a English Heritage site. It’s been open to the public since 1982 and it’s great to see it being so well looked after for future generations to see. Audio tour available.

🎫 Booking online in advance essential. Prices start at £6.90 adults, £4.10 over 5’s and family ticket (2 adult, 2 kids) £17.90. Under 5 free. Members free, but still need to book online.

🚗 Parking is free RM18 7NR. It took us about 45 mins from Chelmsford.

🛍 The shop sells takeaway hot drinks. We took a picnic. A few picnic tables in the grounds. There are toilets, but we managed to not find them despite exploring all of the fort.

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💚 I’d love a mention in your post and stories if you go somewhere you’ve seen on here or have a day out inspired by us. It’s great to see your outdoor adventures!
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Great weather today for an education visit from the young scholars of the University of Westminster - School of Architec...
22/10/2020

Great weather today for an education visit from the young scholars of the University of Westminster - School of Architecture, studying Tilbury Fort and its design by Sir Bernard de Gomme 🎓

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Today is Trafalgar day and our focus falls on the four Spanish and French cannon in our Gunpowder Magazine exhibition sp...
21/10/2020

Today is Trafalgar day and our focus falls on the four Spanish and French cannon in our Gunpowder Magazine exhibition space. The origins of the these cannon is unknown but we are very happy to have them in our collection.

We have had Red Coat soldiers with Enfiled's in front of the Water Gate and now a splendid Red Royal Enfield motorcycle ...
18/10/2020

We have had Red Coat soldiers with Enfiled's in front of the Water Gate and now a splendid Red Royal Enfield motorcycle outside.

Pre book your visit ➡ https://bit.ly/3eKRlMn

On this day 4th October 1842 the last Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury Fort, Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole died at the age o...
04/10/2020

On this day 4th October 1842 the last Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury Fort, Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole died at the age of 70.

Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole was the second son of William Willoughby Cole, 1st Earl of Enniskillen. He had an active political and Army career. He was commissioned a Cornet in 1787 and served in the West Indies, Egypt and Ireland. In1806 he served as Brigadier General and commanded the 1st Brigade at the Battle of Maida in Sicily. He was promoted in1808 to Major-General then to Lieutenant-General in 1813 and by 1830 he achieved full General.
He was Colonel of the 27th Foot and commanded the 4th Division in the Peninsular war under the Duke of Wellington in which he played a decisive role and received wounds at the Battle of Albuera, and was also wounded at the battle of Salamanca.

Having served with distinction he received the Army Gold Cross with four clasps, and was invested as Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath in 1815.

He was MP in the Irish House of Commons and in 1803 represented Fermanagh in the British House of Commons.
Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole held the post of Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury from 1818 till his death in 1842 and was the last to hold this post.

Portrait by William Dyce, courtesy the National Portrait Gallery .

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Tilbury
RM18 7NR

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Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Paul who was working at Tibury Fort today. I visited with my autistic son and energetic cocker spaniel puppy this afternoon. My pup managed to escape his harness and lead and jump over one of the outer walls! My son ran and got Paul to help. He was so calm and patient with my son and together they rescued my lucky, uninjured pup whilst I kept him calm from the top of the wall. Paul made sure we were all ok and not shaken up too much from the adventure. Thank you Paul, I am so grateful for your help.
I brought my son to the fort in october on his 12th birthday, he is showing an interest in photography so I thought I'd share a picture he took on his mobile phone. No filters or tricks , he just adjusted the focus 📷
So glad to be back at our fave place. Bit of rain didnt stop us enjoying our picnic in the grounds. 👍Plenty of safety measures in place too, thanks team.
Christmas shopping today at Tilbury Fort, this beauty hasn’t made it to December!
Looking forward to the service tomorrow at 2pm in the Chappel
Well that's the 2019 season well and truly over. Not the driest of years, acres of wet canvas on at least two occasions, but as exciting and interesting as ever. The highlight was obviously our epic trip to the Netherlands. Veere was hot and tiring, but oh so much fun. More importantly we have our first training day of the winter at our spiritual home , Tilbury Fort, on Sunday 27th October at 10:30am. As most of you no doubt know, this is where Sharpe's Regiment was filmed, doubling up as the South Essex' depot at Chelmsford! Now is the ideal time to take the shilling and join the 44th East Essex Regiment and get plenty of campaigning under you belt before the big event at Waterloo, Belgium next year.
Myself, my mother and my brother enjoying a trip around the moat in August 1952. The photo shows the demolition of the soldiers’ barracks in progress.
Thanks for an enjoyable historic weekend. The 44th Essex regiment really did bring past history to life. Fun and interesting for all ages.
Lunchtime at tilbury fort
Tilbury fort a few photos of the weekend
The 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot, the battalion featured in ITV's production of Vanity Fair will be taking up garrison duty at Tilbury Fort over the weekend of 15/16th September. A great day out for the whole family. Living history, drill, muskets, kid's recruiting party and much, much more.