Discover spooky tunnels at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Hear the echoes as you head deep into the dark tunnels of this unique Victorian Fort, poised for attack from a French invasion.

Located on top of Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery including ‘the Big Guns’. Admission is free.

You can explore the dark, spooky maze of underground tunnels that previously stored ammunition. Outdoors you’ll find plenty of space to let off steam. Enjoy the unrivalled view of the Meon Valley and Solent from the ramparts; if you look closely you should be able to spot Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower in the distance.

Fort Nelson was built to defend Portsmouth from attack and never engaged in battle, but is home to a superb collection of more than 350 cannons, field guns and anti-aircraft guns from across the ages. Don’t miss the Iraqi Supergun, one of the most infamous pieces of artillery of the 20th century.

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