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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.

Opening times

  • 10am to 4pm – Tuesday to Sunday term time
  • Open daily during school and bank holidays
  • Closed 24, 25 & 26 December

What to see and do 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.

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.

Booking tickets

We recommend pre-booking tickets, but walk-in tickets are also available.

For visits up to 31 December 2022

For visits between 1 January and 31 March 2023 

Featured events

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

Fort Nelson Fort Talk | In-person lecture Wednesday 14th December 2022 Find out more

Fort Nelson Festive tales from the garrison Saturday 17th December to Sunday 18th December 2022 Find out more

Opening times
1 Nov to 19 Dec
Open Tuesday to Sunday

School Holidays
19 Dec to 2 Jan

Open Daily

Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec

Admission to Fort Nelson is free, but we recommend you pre-book your visit online.

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