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Fort Amherst

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Address: Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4UB, England
Phone Number: +44 1634 847747
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Originally constructed during Napoleonic times in preparation for a...

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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An incredible piece of history

We were really disappointed not to be able to have a tour of the tunnels. Years ago you could walk through on your own but now they only do guided tours once a day in winter and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Jenny E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were really disappointed not to be able to have a tour of the tunnels. Years ago you could walk through on your own but now they only do guided tours once a day in winter and we arrived too late which was a great shame having travelled from Norfolk. The grounds were very interesting and I know from past... More 

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Thank Jenny E
FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit, but it is however a shame that you arrived too late for the tunnel tour. We do hope you'll make the journey again sometime and take a tour as they are both educational and entertaining - should you decide to do so, please check our... More 

devon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So loved this our history is important you could see tunnels Nd he a great tea room. Superb view and tour.

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FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your review, and for your kind words. Our volunteers donate their considerable energy, experience and knowledge to help entertain and educate the public, and so will be pleased to know that you enjoyed your time with us. Do visit us again soon as our grounds are open to the public free of charge, and we... More 

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a bit put off by the area of Fort accessible by the Café, as this part of the site was very small and in parts rather neglected looking; plus due to Hallow'een, we were not able to access the Tunnels. However, when we walked around the outside of site and accessed the upper part of the Fort, we... More 

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Thank Heyer100
FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit overall. It is however a shame that your trip coincided with the partial closure as advertised for our annual Halloween Horrors fundraising event, as many of the issues you mention in your review would not ordinarily be applicable as our... More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant ! Went about 10 years ago and was great. Went on Friday the 28th of November 2016 and was fantastic. So well put together, organised, monitored and catered for. Not for groups of people that want to prove themselves, showing off or taking on the staff/bouncers though as you will be quite rightly thrown out. Brilliant make up, props... More 

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FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you had horrifically scary fun with us at Halloween in the past, and that your return trip did not disappoint! Do keep an eye on our website for updates so you can book the times and dates of your choice when tickets are released... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the halloween horrors tour This is a really good event too goo to was amazing, it makes you jump out of no where the staff were really helpful couldnt fault them very good actors would deffantly recommend this event to anyone who wants a scare

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FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for recommending our attraction. We are glad that you had a scream with us this Halloween, and hope you'll join us next year where our tunnel dwelling monsters look forward to welcoming you back! You may also be interested in our Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations throughout the year. Yours sincerely, Fort Amherst More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My friends and I had fun at the event and it was well organised and the actors overall did a good job however there were issues. The tour group we were in was HUGE. At least 40 people. Therefore at no stage were any of us even the tiniest bit scared because there were so many people about. It would... More 

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FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for taking the time to review our attraction. We are glad that overall you had fun, and appreciate all feedback even when it's negative so that we can continue to improve the event for everyone. For this reason your comments have been forwarded to our Halloween team for consideration, however it is always difficult to balance... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Went with 2 of my friends for the Halloween event and had a brilliant time going on the tour. I didn't even realise that we had been on the tour for nearly an hour as we were having so much fun. To be honest, some of the costumes of the live actors could have been better but they all put... More 

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Thank Suzy K
FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for recommending our attraction, and for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you had horrifically scary fun with us at Halloween, and hope you'll join us next year as our tunnel dwelling monsters look forward to seeing you again! You may also be interested in our Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations... More 

Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We visited in early October on a lovely sunny day, arriving to find that the onsite cafe was about to close, the tunnels were closed and all we could do was look around the grounds and garden. Whilst this was a pleasant walk we had hoped to see the main attraction of the tunnels as there is only one tour... More 

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Thank LesleyandClive
FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are however disappointed that we received a negatively titled review based on the fact that we are currently closed as advertised for our annual Halloween Horrors fundraising event, rather than because our facilities or services were at fault. We do hope you'll return when we're open as... More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Really beautiful landscape, definitely worth a visit. This is not a museum, and you are required to climb a hill. Free entry.

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FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, We appreciate your feedback, and are glad you enjoyed our history as our volunteers donate their considerable knowledge to help bring the past to life for those who visit us. We do hope we'll see you again at one of our upcoming events. Yours sincerely, Fort Amherst More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Great place for visit interesting place did not get a chance to look around the tunnels but will go back once they open up again There is still plenty to see and do great views across the Medway towards Rochester

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Thank K3v1Nc
FortAmherst, Public Relations Manager at Fort Amherst, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your review - we are pleased to know that you enjoyed your time here, but we do recommend you see the tunnels when they re-open after our infamous Halloween Horrors event as we strive to make the tours interesting and engaging to all ages. We also have plenty of events coming up with something for... More 

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