Fort Brockhurst

Aerial view Fort Brockhurst
Fort Brockhurst

Free Entry

The exterior of Fort Brockhurst is open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Interior viewing is by appointment only but is temporarily not possible whilst we recruit a keykeeper. Please check back here for updates.


Hampshire, PO12 4DS

Before You Go

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, jewelry and furniture from many periods, as well as rarely-seen treasures on tour from stores in the north and east.

Note: Fort Brockhurst is temporarily closed whilst we recruit a keykeeper, please check back here for updates.

Before You Go

Opening Times: Fort Brockhurst is temporarily closed whilst we recruit a keykeeper, please check back here for updates. Access will be by advance appointment only.

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.


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About us

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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Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years, our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.

  • 66% Self-generated income
  • 20% One off capital grant
  • 14% Government funding
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