This is a great museum. The guns are jaw dropping. Thoroughly recommended.
Really interesting museum charting the history of artillery and weapons through the ages, it also charts the history of the fort itself starting in Victorian times up until it went out of use in the 70s.Great for kids with plenty to see and do. Best of all it's free, only £3:00 for car park so a cheap day out. Nice little café and shop to round off the facilities. Worth mentioning the lovely views as the fort sits atop a hill overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. More...
Great day out for the on the Assault Course, lovely & cool in the tunnels too!
Blown away buy how much there is to see here. Went for a couple of hours and wished we had 4 or 5 hours here. If you like guns and history then this exhibition is brilliant. Great views over Portsmouth and seems like good walking/running routes up to it to have a mid way coffee and snack. More...
Lots to see very well kept would highly recommend
Lots to see and only £3.00 for parking no entrance fees, we worth a visit
What a place!!!! An absolutely fantastic place to visit lots of history, nooks to explore lots of cannons of all sizes as well as fab views. The cafe is worthy of a visit too, lovely hearty sandwiches or jacket potatoes to choose from as well as an array of different drinks. There is a shop to buy a memento of your visit. Check out the calendar for when the gums will be fired an occasion not to be missed. More...
Nice place for family time
Nice place to visit
A great day out.
Brilliant place to visit if you're into military history, a huge array of cannons From the early years up to quite modern days ,there are tunnels to explore too!,( please leave a donation to the upkeep of this great place) More...
This is a lovely historic place. A great day out for everyone, to learn the history of armouries, they also have guns going of for a display. The cafe has great food and good value for money. You can also take a picnic and enjoy the views. More...
Very interesting place to visit
Will go there for ever more .... best place ever
Just visited today on a whim and was really impressed by all aspects of Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries museum.cant believe it is not more publicised
A brilliant place to visit with plenty of historic information
Shadow man lxl
Loved this place. Huge fort with gun shows and displays throughout the day and a cafe. Really nice staff and a massive array of guns and defense systems to learn about and enjoy. Cant think of any bad points i enjoyed it greatly. More...
Free entry, quite nice place for a day out.
A good day out, very interesting and informative.
If you are looking for a cheap day out there is plenty to see and do for the whole family. The views of Portsmouth are great from here and plenty of parking. Had a good couple of hours here.
Fantastic! Incredible artillery!
For £3 parking it's a very interesting place to visit ,the staff are helpful and knowledgeable about their museum, also some great views across to Southampton
Amazing place for a family day out
Highly recommend. Great for an afternoon out with the family. There's plenty of space for children to run around without bothering people. The static displays are interesting as well. More...
Costel Eugen Voineag
Brilliant place. Excellent for kids. History lessons. And it is free!
Great for the kids to see some history and it's free
Very interesting , very well laid out ...great place to visit
Very interesting, and free entry. It was a bit hard to find though, could do with a few more signs!
Interesting place away from main tourist area, and only found out about it after visiting the facility up in Leeds. Try to time your visit with the firing of a gun.
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This is a great place to visit, so much history and military equipment to look at. Take the tour for about £3 well worth it.
Like all museums I love it. Lots of stuff to watch. Nice little cafe with food. Shop with books and other stuff. I will come back
Great little place, only pay for parking which is £3. Full of large naval guns
Interesting museum with lots of guns from different eras and conflicts.
a fantastic historical place to explore with loads of tunnels that go underground, loved it!
Great history . Free entry which is a bonus . Good place for a picnic.
An excellent & fascinating national museum, not just the exhibits & displays but the fort itself is full of history & there are beautiful veiws of Portsmouth & the harbour & the Solent beyond & its free (except for special events) refreshments & light meals available & all areas accessible by wheelchairs etc.
Absoulty terrific great day out.
One of my favourite places to go on a day out.
Sehr interessant. Leider wegen meiner schlechten Englischkenntnisse nicht so ergiebig da nichts in deutsch übersetzt
Interesting few hours. Good information boards and and extensive collection of historical artillery.
Friendly staff, very nice café, great place to visit. Free entry. Car park £3.
Lots to see and an excellent cafe too
Excellent Fort Talk
Amazing exhibits free entry
Fort Nelson is great, go there when theres an event on its brilliant!
What a great place for a day out, the only cost is for parking but if you park across the road its free. The fort was amazing lots to see and do. We were lucky the day we went they where firing a mortar cannon so it was fantastic to see this. There is a lovely cafe if you fancy something to eat & drink and a gift shop. When you think this is supported by the national lottery and donations its a place well worth visiting. More...
An excellent day out, we could not believe it is free to visit, all you pay is £3 to park which you pay on admission so no need to carry any change. There is a lovely coffee shop /restaurant that has lovely views over Portsmouth Harbour. Well worth a visit and lots to see. More...
Superb place to visit. Has some wonderful exhibits. Views around the area are spectacular. Cafe is expensive but that's expected when you get in for free!
Amazing place to visit. Full of things to see and a great place to spend the day out with family. The staff are all volunteers and are very helpful.Please think about contributing something to keep this place running and free! More...
Fantastic place to visit with kids or for a cultured afternoon of education about some very impressive artillery pieces, as well as the fort itself. Still can't quite believe the only thing we had to pay for was parking!
Definitely coming again! More...
Took my grandsons on a very wet Saturday and we all loved our time there. Lots of special activities that day and the talk by the surgeon with the badly injured "soldier" a touch grisly, and just what all the children loved.Have visited a few times now and never get bored of the place. Brought some lovely earrings in the gift shop and enjoyed some lovely coffee in the cafe.Please visit .... a place for all ages More...
Fantastic day out.. £3 to park your car and free admission for all. Great way to wear the kids out. Good insight to the Fort Nelson history. Reasonable prices in cafe... enjoyable few hours.... More...
Not sure how this place can be free but I'm pretty impressed. Good tunnels and exhibits to keep the kids interested. The artillery gun firing is a must see too. Nice little cafe and plenty of inside stuff too for a rainy day. Heard someone complaining they had to pay for parking, believe it was £3. Considering it's free entry and you can easily get an afternoon out of it I'd challenge anyone to find something better for £3 More...
Our experience was on a very, very , wet Tuesday. Parking was easy, the entrance just a short walk.Staff were friendly and welcomed us in. The cafe was busy, the experience is very hands on. Interative, with games, puzzles , all displays well written too.As you learn about the history behind the construction, with displays of everyday life for those who served within its walls.This was my second visit and i intend to go again, with intentions of navigating the great spaces and tunnels with one of the tour guides.Hope this helps. More...
Fort Nelson, Royal Armouries. Portsdown Hill road, Fareham, PO17 6AN United Kingdom.Opening times are Open daily 10 am – 5 pmAdmission Price Free admissionParking £3 per day 20 allocated parking spaces for visitors with disabilitiesToilets Accessible toilets and toilets with baby changing facilities are available in the visitor centre and some galleries.On the 6th July 2018, I visited this large Fort on the hillside overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It was a hot sunny day during the heat wave that we were having. The entrance to this marvellous Fort is free however be prepared to pay £3 parking fee then take the ticket to the shop area to convert it to a ticket for entry. The views from here are wonderful only being spoiled by the pylons and electrical wires stretching across the skyline. The staff were very helpful and the coffee shop a great place to enjoy snacks and a drink. The displays were well laid out, well most of the work was still being carried out here. But then there is enough to satisfy most people on a free entry. The damp, cool underground walkways were a bit daunting but unusual to walk along. The displays are perhaps still waiting for better placement yet only the entrance part did they have a purpose-built display area. As long as you remember it takes time and money to get these places back to original and for me, it was a very enjoyable day out. The huge 18-inch Howitzer was massive, how they ever built this in 1918 is a miracle. Near to this is the Nelson Monument this monument, 120 feet tall on a granite base, stands on Portsdown Hill about 2 miles ( 3.2 km ) north of Portsmouth Harbour on the south coast of England. It was the eventual outcome of a movement started during Horatio Nelson's lifetime to perpetuate the glorious victories of the British Navy. By 1799 Nelson's prize agent Alexander Davison was able to use the Nelson name to spearhead a campaign, to honour Britain’s naval glory and pre-eminence. Fort Nelson, in the civil parish of Boarhunt in the English county of Hampshire, is one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the 1860’s, overlooking the important naval base of Portsmouth. It is now part of the Royal Armouries, housing their collection of artillery, and a Grade I Listed Building. Fort Nelson is one of five Portsdown Forts. Built as a result of the 1859 Royal Commission by Lord Palmerston to prevent a French land attack, on the Portsmouth dockyard only 8 kilometres away, because the older Hilsea Lines at the bottom of the ridge were considered insufficient. A series of 6 forts were built along the 7 miles ( 10 km ) of the ridge. From west to east they are forts Fareham, Wallington, Nelson, Southwick, Widley and Purbrook. The line was finished off at the eastern end with Crookhorn Redoubt and Farlington Redoubt. A garrison of around 200 volunteers accompanied by regular army officers would have manned the fort in time of war. Construction was protracted and Fort Nelson wasn't fully armed until the 1890’s. The fort was disarmed in 1907 and then used for accommodation. In 1938, it was converted to an area anti-aircraft ammunition store; ten large magazines were built on the parade ground. Fort Nelson was abandoned in the 1950’s. More...
Robin Courtney Bennett
Great family day out - plenty to see and loads of room to run about. Interesting museum , but also a good place to explore with tunnels and ramparts. Museum is free and parking only £3 for the day. Cafe is reasonably priced for drinks and snacks. Contains some fascinating objects if you are into military history, or just like guns. Family friendly, but plenty for the history buff. Events such as cannon firing are regular, but check the website. More...
The visitors' car park at Fort Nelson is adjacent to and thus on the same side of the Fort with direct access to the entrance to the Visitor Centre with it's cafe and gift shop. The car park includes 20 allocated parking spaces for visitors with disabilities. The parking fee is £3 per day. We parked on the opposite side of Portsdown Hill Road where parking is free and walked across to the Fort walking past the Naval Breech Loading, 14-inch Mark VII and the Robert Mallet's Mortar gun on display out the front of the Fort. More...
Fantastic! We went to see the Poppies on display. The volunteers were very helpful. It was an interesting place to visit with stunning views. As a disabled person in a wheelchair I was happy to see they had made attempts to make the area more accessible. Will be going back again. It's unusual to find somewhere everyone in the family enjoys...ages 9-56 More...
Went to see the poppies, which were Amazing! I was also pleasantly surprised to see everything else on display. The staff were very friendly and helpful, even during the busiest of times. The drive there was also a lovely surprise of fabulous views for miles. More...
A lovely spot, feels very secluded and is quiet! Great option for a quick swim you get half your money back for staying under an hour. I can’t mention on the hot drinks but the food on offer wasn’t great. Although simple and quite basic, the facilities were fine for the purpose. The area was well staffed and felt very safe. More...
A lovely visit had by my family and elderly mother!! Mum is wheelchair bound but fortunately everything was accessible to her. The beautiful poppies displayed were very moving as our Grandfather served in World War 2 and was killed in action. The whole experience was very positive, the cafe was nice too and the staff very friendly. I would recommend a visit. More...
Went to see 'Poppies Wave' and ended up taking a four hour walk around, over a hundred photos, purchasing some souvenirs and gifts. I didn't manage to see everything in those four hours but I had other places I needed to be.
Fantastically detailed history, parking is all day(on the date of this review, it is currently priced at £3).
The staff are extremely friendly, outgoing and helpful. Very fun!
So fun they even have a volunteer system in place to assist with parking.
I didn't get a photo of my entry ticket though so I'm a little sad about that as it would have been a nice memorable piece of an amazing day. All in all, you can feel safe leaving your vehicle in the parking lot as they're constantly walking around monitoring it.
Occasionally bags are subject to being searched as they were today which was also conducted in a professional, friendly and positive way.
Very happy with my visit and will be sure to visit again.
If you haven't been before or are considering it, I definitely recommend it.
To summarise, it's a fantastic display of the history of the fort from it's beginnings up till the modern day.
There are also some Simulator games which require a £1 coin to partake in. The gift shop is moderately okay price to value wise and if you're considering it, you should definitely go as I personally believe it's worth it but make sure you have time to navigate the entire fort(which you are also given a map too).
Friendly staff and great atmosphere. I'm looking forward to visiting again. More...
Really nice place to visit! Really good history and very informative. It’s nice the entry is free and when we went the poppy wave was there, that was really nice to see! It’s nice to find places that remind us of how we got to where we are now. Really nice for a walk round and a good coffee shop too! Definitely recommended for a nice day out! More...
Clean and tidy. Friendly and helpful staff. Poppies wave looking very natural in this environment. Tasty cake in the marquee. Really interesting place to visit. New shop layout is more spacious. All in all, a 5 Star attraction. More...
Actually i walked from the train station to visit Fort Nelson but i can confirm the car park is free.There were people enjoying a barbecue as i walked through to the fort.There is an overspill car park too.The landmark to x marks the spot is a tall monument. More...
About the third time I have written this review, unbelievably Google keeps deleting it!
This is a fascinating place to visit. Free entry and only £3 to park.
It is an interesting insight to the local history. We were lucky enough to visit whilst the poppy exhibition on and were not disappointed.
The fort itself is fascinating and the views of the surrounding countryside are wonderful.
Well worth a visit even though the poppies have gone now. More...
Went there recently to see the poppy display on show. It seems to be a popular place. There is a huge selection of large cannons and guns on show.you also have a opportunity to wander around the tunnels in the fort allowing you the experience of life within the walls. Some of them are inaccessible to the disabled due to stairs. If you are interested in war and weapons it's great but not really my cup of tea.
There is a cafe selling cakes and drinks plus a few toilets around the area. More...
We went to the Royal armoury museum to see the poppy wave exhibition. It's very popular and the car park gets very busy although the museum has lots of staff in the car park to help you find your parking space. There was a fairly lengthy queue to get in to the museum we waited around 20 minutes but we were there on a bank holiday weekend. All the staff that we spoke to were very helpful and the volunteers were engaging and chatty about the subjects we were asking them. This is a free museum and is something that everybody should come and see the puppies are only here til the end of June 2018 but the museum itself is quite interesting and is well presented. There are disabled parking bays near the entrance to the museum and plenty of other parking across two different car parks. More...
This was a very interesting visit. We took our two boys aged 8 and 10, who loved the variety of guns and shells on show, the amazing views and the tunnels where they stored ammunition. The poppies are a lovely piece of history and art and worth a few pictures. It's well priced and a nice little cafe there if needed selling ice creams aswell. More...
Sean De Carteret
An amazing place to visit, if you are into all things war orientated then there's no better place to visit for the cost of parking! That's right no entrance fee! £3:00 to park for hours of displays and walking through all the tunnels and the Armoury itself. Also at present the poppy wave is on display and its the only time you'll be able to walk under it and see how it's put together, today the poppies shone and the blue sky set them off beautifully. Stunning! Can't wait to go back! More...
We went along to view the Poppy Exhibition but there's so much more to see. We only managed a fraction of the weaponry exhibition downstairs so will come back soon to see the rest. Really friendly and helpful staffing and volunteers too. More...
I was lucky enough to visit the Armouries during the time when the WW1 poppy wave was installed.
The only thing that was missing was the 1 o’clock gun. I’ll be back to visit to see the gun.
Free to get it it’s a brilliant way to spend a couple of hours looking at the history of artillery, all set within an amazingly historic location. More...
Excellent displays and FREE too. Wind far too cold but they can't do much about that! Went particularly to see the remembrance Poppy Wave. Well worth the visit! (Nice cafe too if it gets TOO cold!!!!) More...
Nice afternoon outing, free entry to museum and parking was £3 so an inexpensive day out. Fort Nelson was excellent and we particularly went to see the wave of poppies which was beautiful. Keep an eye out for the resident hawk occupying one of the eyelets of the fort walls. More...
Historic 19acre site holds over 200 big guns.
Free entry. There is plenty of parking, with some fantastic views of Portsmouth and surrounding areas. It also has disabled access, although some areas are not accessible. Fun for kids. Cafe 1871. Worth a visit. More...
Great place to visit. Ideal for children too. And what’s more is it’s FREE.
Amazing day out, poppies are there till June, free entry to the museum however. You pay for parking but only £3.00 so not an expensive day. So much to see and do ideal for kids and adults alike, very informative and places to sit if you bring your own food and drink although the prices at the cafe are pretty reasonable. More...
A really interesting visit, lots to see for the whole family. The poppies are breathtaking from a distance and it was lovely to be able to walk behind the display for a unique view.
This is a free attraction, so not much to lose if you're in the area. An absolutely huge and interesting fort, with a big well laid out exhibition including part of the Iraqi supergun, some WW II artillery, and plenty of earlier stuff. Something of interest for everyone here. There is lots of emphasis on interactive elements for children. Did I mention it is free? Parking is also free. Couldn't ask for much more really to keep the kids quiet for a day. Definitely worth visiting if just for the stunning views over Portsmouth and the dockyard followed by a gutbuster and coffee at the legendary Micks burger bar. More...
Great place to visit.
Great museum with a large range of artillery to view. It's also free!
Great place when they got one of their displays on
Kids loved it, spent about 3 hours there including lunch. Entry completely free, bonus and kids assault course only £3.50. Thanks
Great free place to visit
It's a free museum
Good place for a free visit. Been there quite few times with the kids.
Don't expect hi-tech exhibits but an amazing place to explore with the family. Together with all of the exhibits, tunnels and gun firing you can spend a long time here. Also enjoyed a walk around the outer ditch. More...
Convenient location, but you're gonna get muddy parking here in the wet.
Great interesting place. Good food very reasonable. A great day out and history lesson for all.