Fort Nelson

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

An imposing Victorian fort, Fort Nelson is the home of the Royal Armouries national artillery collection. Fort Nelson is an historic monument that has been restored to how it would have looked in the 1890s. The fort is strategically positioned on Portsdown Hill and has panoramic views across the Meon Valley and Portsmouth Harbour.

Today, visitors can access most areas of the Fort and see how it would have operated, but the main draw is undoubtedly the 350 'big guns' on display in the museum which show the development of artillery from pre-gunpowder siege machines to modern-day super guns.


Places to visit nearby

Portsmouth is an historic port on the south coast of England, that has been home to the British Royal Navy for more than 800 years.

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Nearby attractions

The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth is a fantastic collection of museums and historic ships, situated within a working Naval Base, that showcases some of the best of Britain's restored naval ships from the past.

One of Portsmouth's most instantly recognisable sights, the Spinnaker Tower is a stunning 170m high structure, with a sail-like design, that stands by the quayside.

The City Museum explores Portsmouth's rich and diverse history through a wide variety of excellent collections.