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Self-guided Visits to Fort Nelson

School children on a self-guided visit to the museum exemplify how the literacy programme combines immersive and engaging learning

Please note that our sites are not currently open to the public on Mondays in term-time.

Entry to Fort Nelson and coach/minibus parking is free. 

Talk to our Education Team.

Closed on Monday during term time

Visit Information

  • Support students learning about local history and life at the Fort during the Victorian times by exploring our reconstructed barrack room and kitchen.
  • Discover our remarkable collection of big guns from the Middle Ages to the modern day.
  • Explore 19 acres of ramparts, outer fortifications, secret underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers.

Fort Nelson is not just about history

  • Use our atmospheric tunnels to spark your students creative writing.
  • Inspire young artists with the unique and beautiful collection of cannon from South Asia and the Far East displayed in our Art of Artillery gallery.

We have several paper trails which can be used to support your students during the self-guided visit, please ask our education team to find a trail to best suit your needs.

Find out what's on when you visit Fort Nelson.


Self-guided visits could be for a whole day or half a day. If you are staying for a whole day, please talk to us about use of a dedicated lunch space.

Booking Information

Please contact us to make a booking or if you have any questions.

Email address

Postal address

Education Team  
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson  
Portsdown Hill Road  
PO17 6AN  
United Kingdom

Learning packs and resources

Fort Nelson Teachers Pack (pdf, 2 MB)

Contact our communications team if you require documents in an alternative format.