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Things to see & do

Fort Nelson is home to the Royal Armouries’ collection of artillery and historic cannon – the Big Guns – with over 350 on display, including the massive 200-tonne railway gun. Discover some of the iconic pieces from the collection below.

Visitors can explore 19 acres of ramparts and outer fortifications, plus secret underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers, and discover what life was like for the Victorian garrison in the barrack rooms, hospital and kitchen.

Museum galleries include The Voice of the Guns and Artillery Hall, which display an extensive collection of iconic guns from around the world, from medieval wall-smashers to 20th-century weaponry.

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Did you know?

First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.

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