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Coronation gun salute at Fort Nelson

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

military personnel firing a gun mounted on a carriage

A gun salute will take place to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III at Fort Nelson on 6 May.

The 21-round salute will take place at the same time as the King is crowned at approximately midday – admission is free.

The salute will be delivered by the Garrison Artillery Volunteers on the Parade Ground at the Victorian fort on top of Portsdown Hill. The Coronation ceremony will not be televised at Fort Nelson.

Children can also enjoy a free special Kings and Queens trail to explore the museum galleries and discover some interesting royal connections in the national collection of artillery.

Elizabeth Puddick, Public Engagement Manager, at Fort Nelson said: “It will be a special day for the whole country, and we wanted to mark it with a gun salute.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to show the Coronation ceremony live at the Fort but visitors who would like to join us for the gun salute are very welcome.”

Please pre-book free tickets online in advance at as the site has limited capacity due to the size of its car park.

Fort Nelson is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm during term time, Bank Holidays  and daily in the school holidays.

For more information contact:

Cathy Brooks, Communications Officer at – 01329 848 516

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Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.