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Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

Portsdown Hill Road | Fareham, Portsmouth PO17 6AN, England
+44 1329 233734
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Ranked #5 of 50 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Let's face it - there aren't many attractions where you can go for free are there? Well, living in this area, and having never been to Fort Nelson I was astonished to find that this museum is free entry. Yep, free. And what's even better is that it's a great place to take the children and let them explore and... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Being a local I regularly visit the museum. It is a wonderful place, and is easily 1 of the top historical places in the area. I cannot praise the beauty of the building and priceless artifacts enough. However, having visited the place this week I was left upset and furious about the way certain visitors are treating the building. Uncontrolled... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My father-in-law and I (our wives were more interested in the beach than the big guns) had a very quick visit to Fort Nelson whilst visiting family in the area because we are both very interested in military history. Particularly with free entry, this is well worth a look. There is a great range of weaponry from ancient artillery to... More

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Bloomington, IN
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Loved the wide display of artillery, though I am not usually a great military history and armaments follower. It was an impressive look at large arms development. The fort is so well restored one gets a very good sense of what it was like "in the day." A well spend Saturday for us.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Guns. If you like them big, then this is certainly the place to be. From medieval to the present day this place has possibly the best examples I have seen, and some real surprising ones too. This is one attraction not to rush either. We decided to call in on the way back from a few days break in the... More

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nigel h, Manager at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson, responded to this review

Thank you so much Mark S for the great review - so sad you didn't have time to do it all. But that does means you will definitely have to come back! Nigel More

Poole, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

If you're interested in artillery! Free entry means it's an excellent low cost option when in the area. The exhibits are very good and the fort itself interesting to explore. The small cafeteria sold reasonably priced and tasty food: lots of people picnic on the ramparts. Personal favourite was the Iraqi super gun components. I've said average solely because many... More

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nigel h, Manager at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson, responded to this review

Hi! Sorry your visit was only average - I quite agree that we need more interpretation for the many exhibits, rest assured we are reviewing this and hoping to increase and improve signage & interpretations (funds allowing!) You are right - when its windy lighting the breech loader with a taper is a bit difficult - I always think what... More

Skövde
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

First of all, you must love Ole Guns and canons. Maybe be a war fantast. We stoppad there just to have a look at it. Nice to Wall on The Walls

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Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was one of the unexpected highlights of our trip. We found out about the daily gun firing online and sent an enquiry as to whether both our teenaged children could fire. The wonderful, friendly staff could not have been more helpful. The answer was yes and when we turned up on the day, were looked after from the moment... More

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nigel h, Manager at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review - you certainly travelled far enough to visit us! So pleased the children enjoyed the gun firing experience too - we will look out for other Canberra youngsters trying it out! Nigel More

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A free entry attraction, this armoury museum is not to be missed whilst visiting the area. Another point of interest is adjacent to this attraction is the original Nelsons Column that sits on Nelson Road down which Admiral Nelson used to walk from his accomodation at Southwick House to Portchester to catch a boat out to HMS VICTORY.

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Brisbane, Australia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
70 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were driving past and decided to drop in What a great museum and it's free A new exhibit big guns is very good but the thing I liked the most was all the children there having lots of fun on all the exhibits and therefor parents enjoying themselves too The fort has wonderful views of Portsmouth The is a... More

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