Royal Armouries Museums

There is always lots to see and do at the Royal Armouries.
Our museums are open every day and admission is free!

Opening times

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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22 Pages

1. Fort Nelson's History

The history of Fort Nelson, from its origin as one of Palmerston’s Forts to the present day as the home of the Royal Armouries national artillery collection.

2. Fort Nelson Events

Come and discover for yourself the new galleries and displays, our new Cafe 1871 plus a brand new visitor centre. Admission will still be free of charge.

3. Ordnance Society

The Ordnance Society was intended to promote, encourage and coordinate the study of all aspects of the history of ordnance and artillery.

4. Maps to Museum

Route maps to Royal Armouries Fort Nelson for visitors to download and print out.

5. What's On

Come and discover for yourself the new galleries and displays, our new Cafe 1871 plus a brand new visitor centre. Admission will still be free of charge.

6. Your Special Day

Our fully restored Victorian fort provides the perfect setting for your special day. All our rooms are full of individual character and can 
be set up to provide the perfect civil ceremony followed by a delightful wedding breakfast.

7. Building the Fort

Discover how the Fort was built.

9. The Life and Phases of Fort Nelson

Discover the evolution of Fort Nelson, from its inception to the present day.

10. The Story of Fort Nelson

Discover the story of Fort Nelson.

11. See us on Flickr

Our visitors love taking pictures of our museums and our fantastic objects. Now you can enjoy them too, using the Flickr® slideshow share function. Select one of our museums and see what our visitors love most about our museums and our beautiful objects.

12. Visit

Visitor information for all four of the Royal Armouries sites.

13. Book a Visit

Booking information for those planning an education group visit to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson.

14. Self-Led Visitor Packs

Our museum is an ideal site for exploring topics in History, Art and Design, English and Local History. There is no set route through the galleries, giving you the freedom to explore the topics and periods that are most relevant to your group.

15. Palmerston Forts Society

The Palmerston Forts Society has its headquarters at Fort Nelson and meets monthly.

16. Ordnance Society

The Ordnance Society was intended to promote, encourage and coordinate the study of all aspects of the history of ordnance and artillery.

17. Ubique Right of the Line

The Ubique Right of the Line Group was originally formed in 1996 to display and fire the World War Two Guns at the Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson, Hampshire.

18. Inspired by: The Last Stand

Marc Wilson is a photographer based in Bath, England whose fine art work is based in the genre of documentary landscape photography. This exhibition documents physical remnants of the second world war in the British isles and Northern Europe. It is part o

19. Early Years

Meet Florence Nightingale and learn why she was so important to Hampshire and Fort Nelson.

20. Key Stage 1

Our range of workshops for schools have all been developed with the needs of the school curriculum in mind.

21. Goody Bags

Royal Armouries provides a Goody Bag service for visiting schools to maximise your time in the museum.

22. About us

The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour for the United Kingdom. It is the oldest museum in the country and home to one of the great collections of arms and armour in the world.

94 Events

1. Nelson's Birthday Salute

Event celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Horatio Nelson.

2. Trafalgar Day Salute

Celebrating the 203rd anniversary of Nelson’s victory.

3. Trafalgar Day Salute

Gunfirings and presentations to commemorate the 203rd anniversary today of Admiral Nelson’s great victory.

4. Fort Nelson plans on show

HLF redevelopment plans for Fort Nelson are on display and open to the public – come and have your say!

5. Paranormal Programme: Ghost Talk

A ghostly talk including fort history and paranormal activity in the local area.

6. Paranormal Programme: Ghost Talk

A ghostly talk including fort history and paranormal activity in the local area.

7. Ghostly Investigations at Fort Nelson

Take part in a Paranormal Investigation at Fort Nelson.

8. Ghostly Investigations at Fort Nelson

Take part in a Paranormal Investigation at Fort Nelson.

9. Ghostly Investigations at Fort Nelson

Take part in a Paranormal Investigation at Fort Nelson.

10. Ghostly Investigations at Fort Nelson

Take part in a Paranormal Investigation at Fort Nelson.

11. Ghostly Investigations at Fort Nelson

Take part in a Paranormal Investigation at Fort Nelson.

12. Ghostly Investigations at Fort Nelson

Take part in a Paranormal Investigation at Fort Nelson.

13. Remember, Reflect, React

A month of remembrance for all those who sacrificed so much, and a chance to reflect on the consequences of warfare.

14. For the Fallen

A reading aloud from the Roll of Honour those members of Leeds citizenry who gave their lives during the Second World War.

15. Remembrance Day Salute

First World War gunfiring and poignant presentations for Remembrance Sunday.

16. Thunder of the Guns

Victorian uniformed gunners of the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire the mighty 110 pounder gun at Fort Nelson at 12 noon and 2 pm.

17. Thunder of the Guns

Victorian uniformed gunners of the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire the mighty 110 pounder gun at Fort Nelson at 12 noon and 2 pm.

18. VE DAY SALUTE

Commemoration of 65th anniversary VE Day.

19. INVADERS!

Come and meet the invaders who have tried to conquer our country through the ages.

20. D-DAY SALUTE

Commemorating the 66th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

21. VJ DAY SALUTE

Commemorating the 65th anniversary of VJ Day.

22. HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Special weekend activities

23. TRAFALGAR DAY GUN SALUTES

Commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar.

24. TRAFALGAR DAY GUN SALUTES

Commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar.

25. TRAFALGAR DAY GUN SALUTES

Commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar.

26. DR TERROR AND THE VAMPIRE'S TOMB

Due to popular demand Dr Terror is back!

27. ARMISTICE DAY SALUTE

Armistice Day commemorations.

28. REMEMBRANCE DAY SALUTE

Remembrance Day commemorations.

29. REMEMBRANCE DAY SALUTE

Remembrance Day commemorations.

30. FORT FUN DAYS

Fun-packed activity days.

31. FORT FUN DAYS

Fun-packed activity days.

32. GLADIATOR SKOOL

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

33. ANIMALS IN WAR

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

34. KNIGHT SKOOL

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

35. PIRATES AHOY!

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

36. LEGENDS OF ROBIN HOOD

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

37. HUNTING HAWKS AND CREEPY CRAWLIES

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

38. ANIMALS IN WAR

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

39. LEGENDS OF ROBIN HOOD

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

40. BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

41. LEECHES AND BONESAWS

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

42. QUEEN VICTORIA'S FLEAS

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

43. PIRATES AHOY

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

44. GLADIATOR SKOOL

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

45. RAIDERS OF THE LOST FORT

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

46. TALES FROM THE TOWER

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

47. HUNTING HAWKS AND CREEPY CRAWLIES

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

48. LEGENDS OF ROBIN HOOD

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

49. BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

50. FESTIVE FUN AT THE FORT

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

51. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

52. COMMANDO KIDS

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

53. ROUNDHEADS & CAVALIERS

Fort Fun Day for children 5+. No need to book – just drop in!

54. Drawing in the dark

Meet our costumed guides, hear spooky stories in the deep underground tunnels and try your hand at Victorian artwork – all in atmospheric lighting!

55. Spooky October Half Term at Fort Nelson

Experience thrills and chills for all the family this Halloween at Fort Nelson.

56. Trafalgar Day Celebrations

A gun firing to celebrate Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

57. Remembrance Sunday

There will be a moment of remembrance held at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November 2011.

58. BIO-BLITZ

Come to Fort Nelson for a ‘wild’ day out and help us find all the different species that live at the Fort.

59. Victorian Fort Nelson Weekend

Victorian themed activities for all the family.

60. FORT NELSON IN WWI

Themed activities for all the family.

61. FORT NELSON IN WORLD WAR II

Themed activities for all the family.

62. FESTIVE FAMILY FUN DAYS

After all the festivities why not come up to the Fort for a breath of fresh air, spectacular views and fun activities for all the family.

63. Victorian 64-pounder Gun Firing

Portsdown Artillery Society will be firing the Victorian 64-pounder gun on the ramparts of Fort Nelson. There will be 3 firing times and each firing will be preceded by a talk by the Keeper of Artillery.

64. Victorian 64-pounder Gun Firing

Portsdown Artillery Society will be firing the Victorian 64-pounder gun on the ramparts of Fort Nelson. There will be 3 firing times and each firing will be preceded by a talk by the Keeper of Artillery.

65. Victorian 64-pounder Gun Firing

Portsdown Artillery Society will be firing the Victorian 64-pounder gun on the ramparts of Fort Nelson. There will be 3 firing times and each firing will be preceded by a talk by the Keeper of Artillery.

66. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE DAY

Join us to celebrate the work and legacy of the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale on her birthday.

67. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE DAY

Join us to celebrate the work and legacy of the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale on her birthday.

68. FORT NELSON TATTOO

Enjoy marching bands, fly-past, fireworks and more than a little pomp and circumstance at the Fort Nelson Tattoo on Saturday 8 September 2012.

69. FORT NELSON TATTOO

Enjoy marching bands, fly-past, fireworks and more than a little pomp and circumstance at the Fort Nelson Tattoo on Saturday 8 September 2012.

70. Victorian Fort Events

Come and discover history on the hill with Victorian-themed family activities every day .

71. Fort Nelson World War I weekend

World War I themed weekend at Fort Nelson

72. THE LAST STAND

This exhibition documents physical remnants of the second world war in the British isles and Northern Europe.

73. THE LAST STAND

This exhibition documents physical remnants of the second world war in the British isles and Northern Europe.

74. THE GREAT GUNS OF FORT NELSON

Explore the history of the Victorian heavy artillery which protected Portsmouth from invasion by Napoleon III. Includes a guided tour.

75. THE SUPERGUNS

Join Nick Hall as he reveals the stories behind the biggest guns ever made, from the medieval siege of Constantinople to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

76. CONSERVING THE GREAT GUNS

Join Matthew Hancock for a behind the scenes look at how Royal Armouries cares for the national collection of artillery.

77. HALF TERM HOCUS POCUS

Prepare to be scared at Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson this half term with our terrifying trio of Halloween events.

78. VICTORIAN CHILDHOOD

Victorian children’s lives go under the spotlight at Fort Nelson this half term.

79. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

80. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

81. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

82. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

83. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

84. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

85. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

86. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

87. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

88. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

89. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

90. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

91. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

92. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

93. SUNDAY GUNFIRINGS

Free gun-firing events presented by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and Ubique: Right of the Line.

94. GUNPOWDER, TREASON & PLOT

This October half term kids can join Guy Fawkes and his gang of dastardly gunpowder plotters on an exciting underground adventure.


51 Press Releases

1. Free day out for all the family... new-look Fort Nelson is unveiled

The Royal Armouries unveils its state-of-the-art new museum at Fort Nelson on Saturday (August 6) – home to the big guns.

2. TESTIMONY TO VICTORIAN RESOURCEFULNESS

Uniformed gunners from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire one of the mightiest guns in the Royal Armouries’ national collection next Sunday (October 27) – of the type mounted on Fort Nelson’s spectacular ramparts.

3. Mobilising the big guns

Photocall – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to record a major milestone in the £3.5m revamp of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson at 11am on Monday (July 4).

4. Take a trip down Memory Lane

The Royal Armouries Museum – which is currently revamping the Portsdown Hill Fort and transforming it into a visitor attraction fit for the 21st Century – is appealing for local people to get in touch and to share their memories and memorabilia.

5. Intrepid youngsters launch an armoured assault on Fort Nelson

Youngsters are being invited to beat the February half-term blues and let off steam by joining an “Armoured Assault” session at historic Fort Nelson.

6. Business as usual – Christmas still celebrated at Fort Nelson!

At Fort Nelson there’s a fun-packed programme to keep the kids occupied in both the run up to Christmas and during the traditional lull between the Big Day and the New Year.

7. Video footage of the Big Bang to launch Fort Nelson £3.5m Development

Cannon fire and spectacular pyrotechnic effects ensured the long-awaited redevelopment project went off with a “bang” as demolition works starts at the Victorian fort, high on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham.

8. “Big Bang” to launch the £3.5m redevelopment of Fort Nelson

The Trustees and Master of the Royal Armouries (RA) are inviting the public to experience the “explosive launch” of the £3.5 million project to revamp Fort Nelson.

9. We will remember them

Britain’s oldest museum pays tribute to the nation’s war dead during November in a poignant month of Remembrance.

10. Lest we forget! Fort Nelson honours Britain’s war dead

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a gun salute to mark Remembrance Sunday on November 8 and also the 91st anniversary of Armistice Day on Wednesday, 11th November.

11. Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2 million to redevelop Fort Nelson

Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2 million to redevelop Fort Nelson
Once Portsmouth’s protective barrier to French invasion in Victorian times and air attack during World War Two, Fort Nelson is now home to the national collection of historic artillery.

12. Trafalgar Day gun marks anniversary at Fort Nelson

Trafalgar Day – marking one of Britain’s greatest Naval victories – will be commemorated at Fort Nelson later this month with the firing of a 204-year-old gun, of the kind used on board HMS Victory in 1805.

13. Seriously Spooky: Halloween thrills and chills at historic Fort Nelson

Dare you descend into the depths of Fort Nelson during the spookiest week of the year? The Royal Armouries are staging family events and ghost tours to mark the run-up to Halloween.

14. Celebrating Britain's Glorious Past!

Take a fascinating look behind the scenes at historic Fort Nelson as part of the National Heritage Open Days weekend. Enjoy guided tours of Fort areas not normally open to the public and witness the power and might of big gun firings by the PAV.

15. Science on timetable at Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries (RA) has secured a £3,000 grant to help put science on the timetable at historic Fort Nelson.

16. Fort Nelson setting for big bangs this Easter weekend as Allied Troops battle for control in Second World War event!

Allied troops will launch a major offensive at Fort Nelson over the Easter weekend in a 1940s-style battle to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

17. Six impressive cannon go on display at Britain’s oldest museum

Six newly-restored cannon are due to be unveiled at the Royal Armouries (RA) Museum, Leeds, on Thursday 22 April – creating a “wow factor” as visitors arrive at Clarence Dock.

18. Sign up, Sign up! - Join Queen Victoria’s Army at Fort Nelson this Bank Holiday

Dress up as a Victorian and head down to the Royal Armouries Museum on Sunday, May 2, and Bank Holiday Monday (May 3) for a fun-packed children’s event at Fort Nelson in Fareham.

19. Commemorate the 65th anniversary of VE Day at Fort Nelson

A free day of commemorations to mark the 65th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day will be held at Fort Nelson on Saturday, May 8.

20. A Night at the Museum – Fort Nelson by torchlight

Fort Nelson will resound to the sound of gunfire and muzzle flashes as the Royal Armouries fires a battery of guns to round off its Museum at Night event on Friday (May 14).

21. Schoolchildren to help launch public appeal for museum of the future

The Royal Armouries today launches a major public appeal to help safeguard one of Hampshire’s best-loved historic landmarks for future generations.

22. Meet the Invaders this Bank Holiday at Fort Nelson and enjoy new half-term children’s event!

Visit Fort Nelson this Bank Holiday (Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31) and meet the invaders who have tried to conquer our country through the ages.

23. FREE D-Day event at Fort Nelson – June 6

A free day of commemorations to mark the 66th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be held by the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson on Sunday, June 6.

24. Biggest boys’ toys are rolled out for Fathers’ Day!

Make Fathers’ Day go with a bang – and witness the power and might of the Royal Armouries’ biggest guns – by enjoying a free day out at Fort Nelson, on Sunday (June 20).

25. Dangerously Entertaining kids’ days out at Fort Nelson this Summer!

Beat the summer holiday blues with the Royal Armouries’ fun-packed programme of kids’ low-cost events at Fort Nelson – featuring pirates, gladiators, commando courses, hunting hawks and even a Victorian flea circus!

26. Calling All Young Recruits – Commando Kids’ Fun at Fort Nelson this Bank Holiday

Test your skills on the junior commando assault course and the foam-dart shooting range; scale the impressive climbing wall and see a WW2 tank-style vehicle roar into life.

27. Honour Britain’s Forgotten Army on 65th anniversary of VJ Day

A free day of commemorations to pay tribute to the gallant efforts of Britain’s Forgotten Army will mark the 65th anniversary of Victory in Japan (VJ) Day at Fort Nelson on Sunday, August 15.

28. Fort Nelson transformed into museum for the 21st Century

A £3.5m project to transform the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson reaches a major milestone today (Monday, August 9) with the start of much-awaited building works.

29. CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S GLORIOUS PAST!

Take a fascinating look behind the scenes at historic Fort Nelson this weekend (September 11 and 12) as part of the National Heritage Open Days weekend.

30. Pupils bury time capsule as part of £3.5m revamp of Fort Nelson

Older and younger generations came together to celebrate the burying of a time capsule on Wednesday (November 3) as part of the £3.5m revamp of Fort Nelson.

31. £25 to fire a 25-pounder gun

Are you looking for an explosive Christmas gift that’s guaranteed to make a special person’s day go off with a bang? Then the Royal Armouries Museum in Hampshire has just the answer.

32. Closure to Royal Armouries museums

Museums closed due to extreme weather conditions.

33. Business as usual – festive fun at Fort Nelson this Christmas

The Royal Armouries has lined up plenty of festive fun at historic Fort Nelson this Christmas.
Kids can enjoy fun-packed holiday sessions in both the run up to Christmas and during the traditional lull between the ‘Big Day’ and the New Year.

34. Pupils unveil murals as part of £3.5m revamp of Fort Nelson

School children unveiled four brightly coloured and eye-catching murals yesterday (Monday 14 February) as part of the £3.5m revamp of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson

35. HONOURING THE FALLEN

Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of First World War gun salutes to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

36. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives the official seal of approval to the £3.5 million revamp of Fort Nelson

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave the official seal of approval to the £3.5 million revamp of Fort Nelson on Friday (September 23) – exactly 140 years after the first volunteer troops marched into the Victorian hill fort, near Portsmouth.

37. Seriously Spooky – Thrills and Chills at Fort Nelson this half-term

Prepare to be scared – head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this October half-term for a host of Halloween horrors.

38. Marking the Battle of Trafalgar

The Royal Armouries marks Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on Sunday (October 23) with the firing of a 206-year-old gun, of the kind used on board HMS Victory in 1805.

39. For the Fallen

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of gun salutes to mark Armistice Day on Friday, November 11, and again on Remembrance Sunday, November 13.

40. Fort Nelson at Night

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a 64-pounder gun on Friday, May 18, during a rare chance to explore the Victorian fortress at night. Part of Museums at Night, an annual after-hours celebration of hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK.

41. A Right Royal Affair at Fort Nelson

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with your family in style this Bank Holiday at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson – from a Jubilee party to 21 gun salute and kids crafts and catapults.

42. A Right Royal Affair

Join the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearson, on Bank Holiday Monday (June 4), when the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson honours HM The Queen with a 21-gun salute.

43. HISTORIC FLYPAST TO MARK SECOND WORLD WAR ROLE

Royal Armouries is set to pay tribute to the role of Fareham, Portsmouth and the surrounding area in the lead up to D-Day by staging a historic flypast as part of the Fort Nelson Tattoo.

44. FORT NELSON TO RING TO THE SOUND OF PARA BAND

An Army band which entertained our troops in Afghanistan takes centre stage at the Fort Nelson Tattoo next Saturday (September 8), led by local man Captain Evin Frost.

45. Marking the Battle of Trafalgar

The Royal Armouries marks Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar next Sunday (October 21) with the firing of a 207-year-old gun, of the kind used on board HMS Victory in 1805.

46. Artillery in Action at Fort Nelson

Experience the power of Fort Nelson’s mighty trebuchet this summer – a half-sized replica of the medieval siege engine that famously featured in The Lord of the Rings films.

47. PACKING A POWERFUL PUNCH

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a mighty 13-inch Land Service Mortar on Sunday (September 29) in the latest of Royal Armouries’ spectacular free gun firings.

48. MARKING THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson marks Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar next Sunday (October 20) with the firing of a 208-year-old gun.

49. FORT NELSON'S DARKER HISTORY RE-TOLD THIS HALLOWEEN

Ghostly tales of hauntings and untimely death come under the spotlight at Fort Nelson this October half-term as part of a terrifying trio of Halloween events.

50. MERRY CHRISTMAS – FORT NELSON STYLE!

Step back in time at Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson this festive season and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas.

51. MARKING THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

Experience the power and might of a fully restored 12-pounder naval gun dating to 1805 next Sunday (October 19) as Royal Armouries marks Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.