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Summer adventures at Fort Nelson

Monday, 18 July 2022

Summer adventures at Fort Nelson

An action-packed summer of fun awaits visitors to Fort Nelson, with barrel-loads of children’s activities, including an exciting assault course.

Children will love the challenge of the junior assault course, suitable for ages 5 –11 years. Tickets cost £4.50, pay on the door.

Families will also be able to explore the 19-acre site with a free, interactive ‘Fun at the Fort’ trail.

Summer activities will run daily from Wednesday 20 July to Sunday 4 September and as a national museum, admission is to the Fort is free. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

A special free exhibition Falklands 40 – What Portsmouth saw – will continue to run through the school holidays with images from The News and BBC South footage of ships coming home to Portsmouth, as well as recordings of local veterans talking about the conflict.

Fort Nelson is a fun day out for all the family on the doorstep of Portsmouth. Come and explore the Victorian fort with its tunnel, ramparts, and outdoor space, as well as a museum of treasures to discover.

There are lots of picnic benches around the site, and the café and refreshment kiosk will be open every day for light meals, snacks and drinks.

Events Manager, Elizabeth Puddick, said: “It’s going to be an action-packed summer at Fort Nelson. The assault course is always a big hit with the children, and they will enjoy the free trail too.

“We’re really looking forward to giving our summer visitors a warm welcome to Fort Nelson.”


Note to Editors:

Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s to protect against a potential invasion by the French, which never materialised.

Although never used for its original purpose the Fort played a significant role in both World Wars; as barracks for troops waiting to be deployed to the front line in the First, and as an anti-aircraft ammunition supply depot during the Second.

Fort Nelson is now a national museum and home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery and historic cannon. The museum galleries and outdoor spaces display over 700 pieces, from early siege machines to modern-day superguns, from the UK and across the globe.

For more information:

About the Royal Armouries

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