Galleries and indoor café to reopen at Fort Nelson

October 2, 2020


Fort Nelson is delighted to announce that our main museum galleries and indoor café will be reopening on Monday 5 October.

Fort Nelson is home to the national collection of artillery and home to the big guns and visitors will be able to see more than 700 pieces of artillery from across the world which span 600 years of history on display again – as well as enjoy a visit to our café. 

Numbers in our café will be reduced and tables will be socially distanced, in line with Government guidelines. 

The galleries tell the history of the Fort and the people and stories which shaped history including Second World War graffiti, a Victorian kitchen and mess and the story of Florence Nightingale. 

Children can take on the challenge of the new low-level maze and go on a monster hunt to find ten monsters hidden around the site – all monsters have been re-hidden in new locations. Download the trail in advance at

The Victorian Fort has been partially open since August with visitors enjoying the chance to visit its original fortifications, a newly refurbished Artillery Hall, underground tunnels, Voice of the Guns gallery and Parade Ground.

Extra health and safety measures are in place to protect visitors and staff with social distancing signage, extra cleaning regimes and masks being worn in inside areas.

General Manager, Nigel Hosier, said: “We are delighted to be reopening our galleries fully and our café too. It will be wonderful to once again be able to show off our full display of artillery and historic cannon and welcome our regular café visitors back.” 

Entry to the museum is free but visitors will need to book in advance online at