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“Very interesting displays and ideal for both wet or dry days”

Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson
Ranked #4 of 94 things to do in Portsmouth
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We took our 5 year old nephew for a visit on a very wet day during the Easter holidays.... he loved it.

For the adults there are plenty of very interesting exhibits (we are heading back to have a proper look around without the youngster), and for the kiddies there is enough to hold their attention. There is enough to see both in doors and outside to suit any weather.

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

This was a return visit as two of our party missed out on the inside exhibits last time. The fort is preparing for the "Poppies" exhibition so things had been moved round but the displays are very well laid out and include items relating to the medical and accommodation aspects of the fort which may appeal to those less interested in the weapons. However do not miss the cannon from which Victoria Crosses are made.

Thank nadders1
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We arrived around 12 on a chilly April day. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and we had a super time, leaving shortly before 4. We paid £3 per adult for the guided tour (free for kids) and had about an hour and a half to explore before meeting Mick, our guide, back at the visitor centre for the start of our tour. He explained that the tour would focus more on the history of the buildings over the centuries, rather than the various guns, canon, mortars and other exhibits. As it turned out, this suited us perfectly as we’d already explored lots of those ourselves before the tour started!

Mick was outstanding! His tour was detailed, informative but well judged, considering that both of the two families on the tour had kids under ten. We really felt like we learned so much more about this fascinating place by taking the tour than from the guidebook and signs alone. For example, he pointed out two Crimean canon that are known as the Victoria Cross Guns because Bronze from these guns had been used to make every VC medal ever awarded. He also pointed out the Licorne canon (see below) and explained so much about the tunnels and the fort’s defences. By the time the chilly tour had finished, we were ready for a hot chocolate in the cafe!

The highlights from the exhibitions for us were the medieval Great Bombard in the atrium, the two sections of the Iraqi Supergun (OMG), the interactive reconstructions of barracks life in the downstairs galleries, the intricate decorative work on the oldest canon, and the Russian Licorne canon (if you look closely you can see the damage caused to the muzzle from an enemy direct hit!).

All in all, a great half day. Please do support the volunteers who give the tours!

Thank NeilDixon5
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We have visited here many times so thought I would review it. You can spend many hours here on a nice day enjoying all that the Fort has to offer. Whether it be exploring the tunnels or watching the gun firing. Always a fun place to visit, complimented by come lunch in the coffee shop. Recommend to all.

Thank Tom W
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

We visited Fort Nelson on a rainy Good Friday and we weren’t disappointed. We booked a tour at 11:15am for £3 and as nobody else was as mad as us to endure the rain and wind it meant we had a private tour from Mike who is a volunteer there. He gave an amazing tour, really informative and he answered or questions as much as he could. It lasted about an hour and a half in the end which was great. We then spent about an hour looking round the museum and other areas. The only thing we couldn’t see up close were the ramparts as they are closed for repairs as well as the gun firing at 1pm which Mike told us isn’t happening anymore, sadly. Also the café has been temporarily moved to a chilly marquee with a temperamental card machine so cash only! However this is only for a short while as they display the poppies in the real café area. Overall a brilliant day and definitely recommended! Thank you Mike!

Thank anna c
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