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Fort Nelson to reopen on Tuesday 11th August

UNITED KINGDOM / AGILITYPR.NEWS / July 31, 2020 / We are delighted to announce that the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson in Hampshire will reopen on Tuesday 11th August following a five-month closure.

We are looking forward to providing a warm welcome to visitors to the Royal Armouries museum of artillery and to one of the last great fortresses ever built in Britain.

Fort Nelson was constructed in the 1860s to protect Britain from an invasion that many feared would be mounted by the French. Its design was intended to give it the firepower to stop the naval stronghold of Portsmouth being captured from the landward side. The war never came, but Fort Nelson went on to play its part in both the First and Second World Wars.

Over seventy years later Fort Nelson remains the best-preserved Victorian fort of its type and houses the artillery collection of the Royal Armouries. The extraordinary breadth of the Royal Armouries collection makes Fort Nelson one of the best showcases for artillery in the world. 

Dr Edward Impey, Director General & Master of the Armouries said, “Visitors are the lifeblood of Fort Nelson and we are thrilled to welcome them back to this incredible piece of Britain’s defensive history. People choose to visit the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson for a wide variety of reasons, some drawn by the chance to find out more about the Fort’s history, some wanting to explore the ramparts, defences and tunnels and others wanting to see the nation’s greatest artillery treasures up close.”

There will be plenty on offer to do and see once Fort Nelson reopens. Visitors will be able to relax on the Parade, enjoy panoramic views from the Victorian ramparts, explore the main tunnel, see collection highlights in the Voice of the Guns Gallery and visit the newly refurbished Artillery Hall. Although the main café will not be open a takeaway menu will be on offer, there will be picnic space, summer trails and a maze. Some of the galleries and the barracks rooms will remain closed for now.

New measures will be in place to ensure that visitors can have a safe and enjoyable visit, including pre-booking time slots, support for social distancing, contactless payment and an enhanced cleaning regime. Admission to the Fort is free, although there is a small charge for parking. Further details and online booking can be found at https://royalarmouries.org/.

The museum shop will be open, offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. All purchases and donations go towards supporting the Royal Armouries work as guardian of the national collection of artillery and all support is much appreciated at this time.

This announcement represents part of a phased reopening plan for our three sites. The opening of Fort Nelson follows on the heels of Historic Royal Palace’s reopening of our historic home at the Tower of London. Visitors can experience two floors of our museum in the White Tower, including the world-renowned armours of Henry VIII. We are currently working through detailed plans for the reopening of our flagship Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds during September, where tell the story of arms and armour from ancient times to the present day.

For those who are unable to visit the Royal Armouries in person there is an expanding digital offer on social media and online. Online visitors can explore a new ‘treasure’ each day, enjoy a digital summer programme on the theme of Heroes & Legends, and access the Home Learning hub, with downloadable activity packs.

Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, PO17 6AN

Fort Nelson will be open daily from Tuesday 11 August 2020

Pre-bookable visitor sessions: 10am - 12pm, 12.30pm - 2..30pm, 3pm - 5pm

For more information and FAQs https://royalarmouries.org/venue/fort-nelson/

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is a national museum and admission is free

Car parking £3