One of a number of forts built in the 1850s and 1860s to protect Portsmouth and its vital harbour against a French invasion. Largely unaltered, the parade ground, gun ramps and moated keep can all be viewed.
The fort currently stores a treasure trove of objects from English Heritage's extensive reserve collections. Objects on display have been excavated from sites in the south east and south west. They include stonework, textiles, jewellery and furniture from many periods, as well as rarely-seen treasures on tour from stores in the north and east.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open 11am-3pm on the second Saturday of each month between April and September
Access Information: Disabled access to the grounds and ground floor only
Parking: Parking can be found 60 metres from the entrance. The surface is uneven at the far end. Disabled visitors may be set down within the fort. Please call 023 92581059 to arrange this in advance.
Facilities: Toilets are available
Dogs: Dogs on leads
Plan a Great Day Out
Continue your day with a visit to nearby Portchester Castle, for views across the Solent and a chance to browse the gift shop. Head into Portsmouth to visit the ornamental King James's and Landport Gates and the 13th century Royal Garrison Church, which was partially destroyed by bombing in 1941.
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.
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- 20% One off capital grant
- 14% Government funding