Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AN
The Royal Armouries Museum was opened in 1984 for the first time, and today is one of the largest artillery museums in the UK.
Although a cliché, the phrase ‘must see’ truly applies to Fort Nelson’s astonishing collection of different artillery and guns from different time periods. Over 700 items of artillery from many countries and spanning 600 years are brought to life whilst sensitively telling the unique stories behind them.
The museum has many galleries within the 19th century fort showing a number of significant pieces of artillery and artillery related artefacts ranging from Victorian to the History of Artillery.
Displayed in the Voice of the Guns, one of the most celebrated pieces of artillery is a 15th century Turkish Bombard which was gifted to Britain by the Turkish Government.
Weighing the same as 17 double-decker buses, another object of great interest is the huge 18 inch, 200 tonne Railway Howitzer. Designed and built by the Elswick Ordnance company of Newcastle, in 1918, as part of a trend to build bigger calibre guns with more destructive shells, it is the world’s largest surviving military gun.
One of the big guns is fired daily at 1pm. On selected Sundays throughout the year there are special gun firings accompanied by uniformed detachments from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers. Discover more about the amazing collection and the museum. Uncover the story of Fort Nelson, its intriguing shape and history.
Information on Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson , Fort Nelson , Portsdown Hill Road , Fareham
|Opening Times:||Apr to Oct, Daily, 10:00-17:00, Nov to Mar, Daily, 10:30-16:00, Wed from 11:30. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed 24-26 Dec.|
|Admission:||Free. Charge may apply for some events|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||Junction 11 of M27, follow brown tourist signs for Royal Armouries.|
Car Parking available, Full Disabled Access, Guided Tours, Refreshments, Shop
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Notorious Navvies at Fort Nelson
Mon 20 Feb 2017 – Fri 24 Feb 2017
Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this half term and find out about the people who built Fort Nelson – the navvies. There will be tonnes of fun for the kids with ‘navvy challenges’ and traditional Victorian crafts, plus you can find out all about the work of Florence Nightingale.
Pay on the day or pre-book your tickets in advance. Give us a call or visit the Fort Nelson.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92117
Storytime sessions at Fort Nelson
Wed 18 Jan 2017 – Wed 21 Jun 2017
All ages are welcome at Fort Nelson, so why not join us, every third Wednesday of the month, with under 5s for our new free Storytime session in the galleries featuring popular children’s tales.
With a different theme each month, children are invited to gather around for a fun and interactive storytelling experience.
Each session starts at 11 am and lasts 20 minutes.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92045
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