Fort Nelson building

Things to see & do

Come to Fort Nelson – home to the Royal Armouries’ Big Guns.

Explore 19 acres of ramparts, outer fortifications, secret underground tunnels, and ammunition bunkers.

Discover what life was like for the Victorian garrison in the barrack rooms, hospital and kitchen.

Daily events include guided tours and a live firing of a Second World War 25-pounder Gun Howitzer at 1pm.

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Opening times

Open daily

Summer (Apr-Oct)
10am – 5pm
Winter (Nov-Mar)
10.30am – 4pm

Last admission is one hour before closing

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December


Admission is free


Royal Armouries Museum
Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road
PO17 6AN

Contact us

General enquiries
01329 233 734

Booking enquiries
0113 220 1888

Venue hire enquiries
01329 848 518

Media enquiries
0113 220 1978

Did you know?

Guardian angels?

The kings of the Maurya Empire (now India) were guarded by women, who were trained in the use of the sword and the bow.