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Probably the best surviving example of a Victorian fortress, Fort Nelson has been restored to its original state, together with important parts of its Second World War heritage.

Explore the vast 19-acre monument, including the underground tunnels and magazines, and from the ramparts enjoy spectacular views of the Solent and Meon Valley.

Fort Nelson has undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment transforming it into a museum for the 21st century with a new visitor centre, a new café and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery.

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Did you know?

Going off half-cocked

Many older guns have a form of safety that prevents the gun from being fired when the hammer is pulled halfway back. Sometimes a fault develops which allows the gun to fire when the hammer is in the half-cocked position, before a proper aim can be taken.