Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson is an imposing Victorian fort which is home to the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery — The Big Guns.

Strategically positioned on the idyllic Portsdown Hill, which blesses anyone who ventures atop it with beautiful panoramic views across the city of Portsmouth and the Meon Valley, Fort Nelson is an historic monument which has been restored to how it would been in the 1890s.

Visitors can access most areas of the fortifications and see how the fort would have operated.

The museum’s displays trace the development of artillery from pre-gunpowder siege machines to modern-day super guns. There are over 350 big guns on display.

In recent years, Fort Nelson underwent a multi-million pound redevelopment, transforming it into a museum for the 21st century.

It features a new visitor centre, a new café, and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns exhibition.

Admission into Fort Nelson is free.

Visit the Fort Nelson page on the Royal Armouries website »

Opening Times

Mondays: 10:00am — 5:00pm
Tuesdays: 10:00am — 5:00pm
Wednesdays: 10:00am — 5:00pm
Thursdays: 10:00am — 5:00pm
Fridays: 10:00am — 5:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am — 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am — 5:00pm


Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, PO17 6AN



Phone: 01329 233 734