Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson

Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson houses the Royal Armouries’ collection of artillery and historic cannon – the Big Guns – with over 350 on display, including the massive 200-tonne railway gun.

Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson

Museum galleries include the Voice of the Guns and the Artillery Hall, which display an extensive collection of icon guns from around the world, from medieval wall-smashers to 20th-century weaponry.

This vast Victorian fortification, with panoramic views of the Solent and Meon Valley, was built in the 1860s as part of a defensive chain around Portsmouth and its vital Royal Dockyard. It is probably the best surviving example of a Victorian fortress and has been restored to its original 19th-century state, together with parts of its Second World War history.

Fort Nelson is a great place to study the Victorians and the World Wars.

There are 19 acres of ramparts and outer fortifications to explore, plus underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers. Students will discover what life was like for Victorian and the World War soldiers in the barrack rooms, hospital and kitchen.

Our education workshops include:

KS1: Florence Nightingale
KS2: First World War, Second World War, Romans
KS3/4: First World War

Be inspired by our Educational Visits Guide



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome,


Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Shop, Toilets,






Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday (term-time) Daily (school and bank holidays)


KS1 – KS4 / £5 per pupil


Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO17 6AN

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