Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson Entrance
Fort Nelson Entrance

Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting the great naval harbour of Portsmouth in Hampshire and its Royal Dockyard from a feared French invasion. Covering nearly 19 acres Fort Nelson sits majestically atop Portsdown Hill, with amazing views of the Solent and the Meon Valley. The Fort stands today as a monument to the skills and ingenuity of Victorian engineering and architecture.

Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery, Fort Nelson has over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display, all part of the national collection of arms and armour.

Find out more about Fort Nelson and how to visit us on our website.

In 2011, Fort Nelson underwent a multi-million pound redevelopment, which transformed it into a museum for the 21st century. There is now a new visitor centre, a café and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery.

gallery with large artillery guns - © Edmund Sumner
Voice of the Guns gallery