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Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth, is home to the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery and historic cannon – free admission.

Fort Nelson Opening times

  • 10 am to 5 pm – Tuesday to Sunday from 6th September to 21st October (term time)
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Every day from 22nd October to 30th October (half term)

What to see and do at Fort Nelson

Booking tickets to visit Fort Nelson

We recommend pre-booking tickets and we do have walk-in tickets available.

Book tickets to visit Fort Nelson

What you can see at Fort Nelson

Step back in time and explore a fully restored Victorian fort with its high ramparts, original fortifications, massive parade ground, underground tunnels, stunning panoramic views and exciting collection of big guns.

What to do at Fort Nelson

Explore the museum housing over 700 pieces of artillery from across the world and spanning 600 years of history, including a 15th-century Turkish bombard cannon, a gigantic 200-tonne railway howitzer, and the infamous Iraqi supergun.

We also have entertaining children’s activities, and a café serving delicious refreshments. It’s a great day out for the whole family – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Featured events

Fort Nelson What Portsmouth Saw Wednesday 25th May to Saturday 31st December 2022 Find out more

Fort Nelson Live firings of Second World War artillery Saturday 8th October to Sunday 9th October 2022 Find out more

Fort Nelson Fort Talk | In-person lecture Wednesday 19th October 2022 Find out more

Fort Nelson October half-term activities Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October 2022 Find out more

Fort Nelson Bringing the history of Fort Nelson to life Sunday 23rd October 2022 Find out more

Fort Nelson Theatre performances for Remembrance Sunday Sunday 13th November 2022 Find out more

Opening times
6th Sept to 21st Oct
Tuesday to Sunday

22nd Oct to 30th Oct
Every day
Museum admission is free.
Pre-book online
Portsdown Hill Road
Portsmouth, PO17 6AN United Kingdom

Portsdown Hill Road
United Kingdom
PO17 6AN
+44 (0) 1329 233 734