Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson locationSouthwick, Hampshire

(26 Reviews)
Fort Nelson Reviews

Fort Nelson Reviews


Review of Fort Nelson by Lisa Dunn
5 09/07/2018 Lisa Dunn

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

Review of Fort Nelson by Tom Kinlough
4 29/06/2018 Tom Kinlough

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Karen Spence
5 28/06/2018 Karen Spence

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Maffy I
5 21/06/2018 Maffy I

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Callum Grant
5 16/06/2018 Callum Grant

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!

Review of Fort Nelson by Georgie Davidson
5 12/06/2018 Georgie Davidson

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by aimitch
5 29/05/2018 aimitch

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Chaz Clark
4 16/05/2018 Chaz Clark

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Phillip Hutton
4 10/05/2018 Phillip Hutton

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Sophie May
4 05/05/2018 Sophie May

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Sean De Carteret
5 02/05/2018 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!

Review of Fort Nelson by Ian Hawkes
5 29/04/2018 Ian Hawkes

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Steven Vacher
4 25/04/2018 Steven Vacher

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by John Troth
4 24/04/2018 John Troth

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!!!!)

Review of Fort Nelson by christine cleary
5 23/04/2018 christine cleary

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Deb Tubb
4 22/04/2018 Deb Tubb

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Pauline Dale
5 21/04/2018 Pauline Dale

Great place to visit. Ideal for children too. And what’s more is it’s FREE.

Review of Fort Nelson by Mark Colpitts
5 19/04/2018 Mark Colpitts

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Susan Barnes
3 17/04/2018 Susan Barnes

Great place, bringing history alive. Currently hosting the 100th Anniversary poppy display (the wave). Well worth seeing.

Review of Fort Nelson by Carol Farmer
5 15/04/2018 Carol Farmer

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Paul Wickham
4 25/03/2018 Paul Wickham

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.

Review of Fort Nelson by Diane Imray
5 17/12/2017 Diane Imray

Great place to visit.

Review of Fort Nelson by James Doherty
5 10/12/2017 James Doherty

Great museum with a large range of artillery to view. It's also free!

Review of Fort Nelson by Jan Hone
5 02/09/2017 Jan Hone

Great place when they got one of their displays on

Review of Fort Nelson by Gary Smith
4 20/08/2017 Gary Smith

Kids loved it, spent about 3 hours there including lunch. Entry completely free, bonus and kids assault course only £3.50. Thanks

Review of Fort Nelson by David Darton
5 31/10/2016 David Darton

Great interesting place. Good food very reasonable. A great day out and history lesson for all.

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