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Fort Amherst

Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4UB, England
+44 1634 847747
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Popular cafe for meeting, breakfasts, lunch and tea

The Caveyard Cafe has had a make-over and is bright and airy, the staff are always friendly and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ChrisRogers66
History worth preserving

Visited on 12 July 2018. A really good effort has been made to preserve the history of this one... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Steve W
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Somerton, United Kingdom
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Originally constructed during Napoleonic times in preparation for a possible invasion, Chatham's Fort Amherst was also used as a civil defence centre in both world wars. The Fort has been in a near constant state of restoration since the 1980's by the Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, a charity who works hard to manage and maintain the vast site whilst sympathetically returning its grounds and buildings to their original state to ensure Britain's largest Napoleonic Fortress can be enjoyed by all.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“tunnel tour” (40 reviews)
“ghost hunt” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4UB, England
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+44 1634 847747
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"tunnel tour"
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"ghost hunt"
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"napoleonic times"
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"military history"
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"fright night"
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"lots of interesting information"
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"love history"
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"naval memorial"
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"historic place"
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"great cafe"
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"visited today"
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"well worth the visit"
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"interesting visit"
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Reviewed yesterday

The Caveyard Cafe has had a make-over and is bright and airy, the staff are always friendly and hard-working (many are volunteers). You don't have to visit the fort to use the cafe which is popular with the local office staff, builders and visitors alike....More

Thank ChrisRogers66
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited on 12 July 2018. A really good effort has been made to preserve the history of this one time important military facility. Cafe is a bit basic and it seems as if the car park is used for people who work in the town....More

Thank Steve W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place, so interesting and brought alive by the knowledgeable guides. Also good for children to use up some energy running around the grounds. Maybe we’re a little biased as this was our wedding venue back in 2000. If you’re looking for a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on the tunnel tour with my 75 year old father in law and my 7 year old twins. Unfortunately, due to the uneven floor and steep steps my mother in law was not able to join us due to mobility issues. The tour guide...More

Thank Viki79034
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great tour of the tunnel by our guide Bryan on Father's Day. He adjusted the content of his talk as he got to know the group (adding in ghostly tales to keep our teens alert) and was knowledgeable and interesting. After about...More

Thank charlotte a
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fort has been used as a civil defense center in both world wars but its original purpose was to defend against a possible invasion by Napoleon. Has an incredible network of tunnels, but check they are open before your visit and also rumored to...More

Thank Joseph H
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed my visit the cafe was a really pleasent place very kind lovely people working there the young fella knew what he was doing and very polite I couldn't have done better myself. I will 100% be visiting again. You must be proud having such...More

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Reviewed June 6, 2018

As someone mentioned before this place is very nostalgic esp if you were taken here on a school trip.

Thank Brian G
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

I used to play in this place as a lad with my friends, so going back to see what they have done was on my list of places to visit, I last visited Fort Amhust 30 years ago with my children so there was a...More

Thank Kenneth B
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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

Came with a group of friends for a few years now and I love the place. All the actors are volunteers and the performances show that. The set design is amazing given the amount of time they have to build it and take it down....More

Thank KevinHall86
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Serena H
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Response from FortAmherst | Property representative |
Dear Serena, Thank you for your question - we would advise that you speak with your supervisor on the night as he will be best placed to answer your query. We hope you have a great evening with us and a fascinating... More
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