Visit the Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson, and learn about the astonishing collection of artillery. It’s a great day out with something for all the family to enjoy and discover. You will learn about the intriguing history of artillery and, how it has changed the nature of battles and affected the lives of many people between the 15th and 21st century.
Although a cliché, the phrase ‘must see’ truly applies to Fort Nelson’s astonishing collection of different artillery and guns from different time periods. Over 700 items of artillery from many countries and spanning 600 years are brought to life whilst sensitively telling the unique stories behind them.
Weighing the same as 17 double-decker buses, another object of great interest is the huge 18 inch, 200 tonne Railway Howitzer. Designed and built by the Elswick Ordnance company of Newcastle, in 1918, as part of a trend to build bigger calibre guns with more destructive shells, it is the world’s largest surviving military gun.
Set within 19 acres and featuring the Ramparts Parade eerie tunnels, restored barracks, museum galleries and Cafe 1871, the fort is an exciting day out whatever the weather!
Summer opening Hours (April - October): 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Winter opening hours (November - March): 10:30 am - 4:00 pm