Things to see
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.
Interactive visitor map
Please allow a few moments for the interactive to load.
This interactive requires Macromedia Flash Player 8 or above.
This is available (free) to download from www.macromedia.com/software/flashplayer.
Click on the images below to enlarge or click on an object title to see more information
With this gun German ingenuity solved the puzzle of combining two weapons – ﬁeld gun and howitzer – in a single weapon.
Dates from 1918 | Object number: XIX.532
The 25-pounder gun/howitzer is one of Britain’s most iconic artillery weapons used effectively throughout World War II.
Dates from 1943 | Object number: XIX.911
During the Blitz, these guns gave a sense of hope and of fighting back to the civilian population awaiting the fall of Hitler’s bombs.
Dates from 1943 | Object number: XIX.840
Germany led the way during the 1860s, using new materials and methods to produce a steel breech.
Dates from 1895 | Object number: XIX.275
The most famous artillery weapon of the Second World War.
Dates from 1944 | Object number: XIX.331
Anti-aircraft gunners had to be able to see their targets at night so enemy bombers had to be brightly illuminated.
Dates from 1940 | Object number: XXIII.165
One of the most widely used and best light anti-aircraft guns of the Second World War.
Dates from 1940 | Object number: XIX.861
This gun was captured by British soldiers at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Dates from 1813 | Object number: XIX.352
Every cannon cast was expected to see action at some point in its career and this Russian gun has certainly ‘been in the wars’.
Dates from 1793 | Object number: XIX.815
Built to last, this amazing Saker was originally cast during the reign of Elizabeth I in about 1601.
Dates from 1601 | Object number: XIX.23
Germany led the way during the 1860s, using new materials and methods to produce a steel breech-loading rifled gun.
Dates from 1874 | Object number: XIX.350
One of the most infamous pieces of artillery of the 20th century, the development of the Iraqi Supergun was shrouded in secrecy.
Dates from 1988 | Object number: XIX.842-3
Made in 1464, this is one of the oldest and most extraordinary cannon in our collection.
Dates from 1464 | Object number: XIX.164
This effective killing machine could be carried through thick jungle or over steep mountains.
Dates from 1941
To read PDF documents you will need Adobe Reader.
If you do not currently have it installed you can download Adobe Reader for free.