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Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

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Portsdown Hill Road Fareham, Portsmouth PO17 6AN England
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The Mystery of Nelson's Stolen Diamonds: Old Portsmouth Treasure Hunt Adventure
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The Mystery of Nelson's Stolen Diamonds: Old Portsmouth Treasure Hunt Adventure

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Turn the historic streets of Old Portsmouth into the world's largest escape room with this self-guided treasure hunt adventure!<br><br>Solve a range of cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles, and hidden objects, as you unravel the historic mystery and discover the identity of the infamous diamond thief!<br><br>'The perfect blend of Portsmouth, puzzles, and history!'<br><br>On Horatio Nelson's last day on dry land before joining his ship to fight in the Battle of Trafalgar, he stored a valuable diamond necklace in a chest in one of Portsmouth many taverns for safekeeping. That night, the tavern was broken into and the necklace was stolen. You must solve the clues, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to get to the bottom of this historic mystery. This treasure hunt is the best way to see the key historic sights of the city, visit its most atmospheric taverns, and soak up true local stories of its most notorious characters and places.
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tizzwaz wrote a review Dec 2020
140 contributions79 helpful votes
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Visited today with my family. I Get apprehensive as I can't wear a mask. And some staff in shops and venues are on power trips and bully you for not wearing one. But not the staff here. Very respectful and friendly. The staff were very informative and helpful. Can't believe this place is free and I had never been before. Its huge and you can easily spend hours browsing many of the guns and cannons here. The underground tunnel and armory is brilliant. Lots to see and do with lots of infomation.. my partner and son also loved it. We didn't eat at the cafe but it looks very good. Will visit again.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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CoventryCrusader wrote a review Nov 2020
Coventry660 contributions240 helpful votes
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There are some great museums in UK, dedicated to a different types of military equipment like planes (Duxford), tanks (Bovington), as well as you can visit several warships. All these places are well known famous, however after my visit to Fort Nelson I keep asking myself why this place is not equally famous, as an artillery museum ???!!! In Fort Nelson you will find a complete history of artillery development and a plethora of exhibits, from the oldest medieval cannons to various modern "inventions", such as a fragments of over 150 meters long (!) cannon commissioned by Saddam Hussein. Cannons from different countries and centuries, all properly exposed, arranged and interestingly described. The collection gathered here is impressive - a real feast for military enthusiasts. But even if you are not interested in cannons, Fort Nelson is still worth visiting because it is an example of advanced 19th-century military engineering: ramparts, tunnels, caponiers, underground magazines, casemates and barracks - everything properly designed and constructed. A real masterpiece of military art. Perhaps this place is not famous as it has never been under attack or siege. But experts in the art of war say that the best fortress is the one that has never been attacked because the enemy was simply didn't dare to do so. If this is the case, Fort Nelson is one of the best fortifications ever built. Many reviewers emphasize that the entrance to Fort Nelson is free of charge, however I would be happy to pay £ 20 or more, if it is necessary to buy a ticket. I will certainly visit it again!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Nikky F wrote a review Nov 2020
Rye, England, United Kingdom51 contributions17 helpful votes
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Weather wasn’t great for our visit but it didn’t stop us enjoying our time. Some great things to see and all staff were friendly and very informative! Would recommend the 20 minute tour they do, which is more an information talk not a guided tour but learnt several things. The artillery selection is amazing as well as all the other items on display. Great for a visit for all ages, my 11 year old loved it!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Lisa W wrote a review Oct 2020
Norwich, England, United Kingdom288 contributions86 helpful votes
On holiday in Winchester, my husband suggested a visit here - to be completely honest I thought I'd be a little bored but I was so wrong!!! This place is an absolute must for everyone. From the moment we arrived, it was so great to see the COVID safe measures they have in place. When so many of our museums and venues haven't been able to re-open, well they have a lot to learn from Fort Nelson because this was brilliantly organised. Few staff, huge spaces and brilliant signposting in place meant a safe, enjoyable experience for all to enjoy both inside and out. A big area for visitors to cover, and on a sunny day in October we only saw 6 other visitors so it felt like this place had been opened for us exclusively to enjoy. The staff we spoke to were very friendly, helpful and willing to impart knowledge. There is no entrance fee, just £3 parking to pay which is a huge bargain as you can spend many hours here. So much to read, take as much or as little from this visit as you wish but it will have a big impression. It's a vast space to explore and a huge amount of history to take home with you. Loved the tunnels underneath the Victorian fort - think of this as an upside down castle and you will get the idea of the mystery and presence of it all. It has an uncanny feel to it, transport yourself back to Victorian times and take a minute to think how it would've been. The fact the fort was never used for its original intent is a bit sad, but that adds to the eerie feel of it! Carry on up the road to get a great viewpoint over Portsmouth spread below, and a beautiful place to watch the sun set too. Loved it, thank you!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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GreatFind_Cotswolds wrote a review Oct 2020
Cirencester, United Kingdom233 contributions54 helpful votes
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Visited today and it was lovely and quiet. It’s free to enter and amazing. We spent about 3 hours including a light lunch. Quite a lot to take in. Loads of guns. Wonderful building and underground tunnels. Well worth a visit
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Date of experience: October 2020
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