Fort Nelson will reopen on 12 April

March 26, 2021

Fort Nelson is delighted to announce that it will be reopening its doors on Monday 12 April. 

The Fort will be opening its vast outdoor spaces for visitors to explore and discover its outside collection of big guns and historic cannon. Admission is free.

We are not able to fully open the museum galleries just yet but set in 19 acres – the size of nine football pitches – there is lots of space and a chance to enjoy the atmospheric tunnels and the high ramparts with their panoramic views of the Solent and South Downs.

Children will be able to enjoy a new Explorer Trail and a Dragon Hunt around the site, plus take on the challenge of a low-level maze on the Parade Ground. 

Our café will be open for takeaway meals, snacks, and hot drinks and we have plenty of socially distanced outdoor seating. Our shop will also be open.  

We have made some changes to our opening hours. During the Easter school holidays (12 – 18 April) we will be open every day. Outside of school holiday periods, the Fort will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (except bank holidays). 

Extra health and safety measures are in place to protect visitors and staff with social distancing signage and extra cleaning regimes. 

Operations Manager, Nigel Hosier, said: “We are delighted to be reopening Fort Nelson again. We have missed our visitors and look forward to welcoming them back up the hill again.” 

Entry to the museum is free. Car parking £3. Visitors will need to book in advance online at