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. .
Access on the second Saturday of the month will be to the keep, armoury, washrooms, gun ramps and parade ground but does not include access to the curatorial stores.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open 11am to 3pm on the second Saturday of the month from May until September. The exterior can be viewed at any reasonable time during daylight hours.
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 01304 211067 to arrange this in advance.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
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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