Fort Nelson at Night - Friday, 4 May 2012

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a 64-pounder gun on Friday, May 18, during a rare chance to explore the Victorian fortress at night.

Meet uniformed gunners from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers – plus the crew who will man the mighty Sexton tank as it roars around the parade ground.

The event forms part of Museums at Night, the annual, after-hours celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors across the UK.

Fort Nelson will close as normal at 4.30pm on May 18, and then re-open between 6pm and 9pm. Programme highlights include:

Admission costs £3 for adults, £2 for children – with a family ticket costing £8 (up to three children). Refreshments will be available from the Fort’s Café 1871, plus a kiosk on the parade ground.

Standing high on Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson showcases one of the world’s finest collections of artillery and cannon, from across the ages and from all corners of the globe.

Last year, this unique heritage attraction underwent a £3.5m redevelopment to create a museum for the 21st century, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27. The Fort is open seven days a week and parking is free.

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