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Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth, is home to the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery and historic cannon – free admission.

Please book your free ticket in advance to guarantee your visit and pay for parking on arrival at the reception desk.

Booking tickets

For visits between 5th September – 20th October 2023

For visits during October half term | Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October

Opening times

  • 1 April – 31 October | 10am to 5pm | Tuesday to Sunday term time
  • 1 November – 31 March | 10am to 4pm | Tuesday to Sunday term time
  • Open daily during school and bank holidays

What to see and do at Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson is a fully restored Victorian fort with its high ramparts, original fortifications, massive parade ground, underground tunnels, stunning panoramic views and home to the national collection of artillery.

Explore the museum housing over 700 pieces of artillery from across the world and spanning 600 years of history, including a 15th-century Turkish bombard cannon, a gigantic 200-tonne railway howitzer, and the infamous Iraqi supergun.

We also have entertaining children’s activities, and a café serving delicious refreshments.

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Featured events

Fort Nelson What Portsmouth Saw Friday 21st April to Friday 31st May 2024 Find out more

Fort Nelson Big gun firings, static displays and themed activities Saturday 7th October to Sunday 8th October 2023 Find out more

Opening times
4th September to 20th October

Open Tuesday to Sunday

School Holidays
21st October to 29th October

Open daily

Admission to Fort Nelson is free, but we recommend you pre-book your visit online.

Portsdown Hill Road
United Kingdom
PO17 6AN
+44 (0) 1329 233 734