Things to see
Probably the best surviving example of a Victorian fortress, Fort Nelson has been restored to its original state, together with important parts of its Second World War heritage.
Explore the vast 19-acre monument, including the underground tunnels and magazines, and enjoy spectacular views of the Solent and Meon Valley from the ramparts.
Fort Nelson has undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment transforming it into a museum for the 21st century with a new visitor centre, a new café and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery.
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With this gun German ingenuity solved the puzzle of combining two weapons – ﬁeld gun and howitzer – in a single weapon.
Dates from 1918 | Object number: XIX.532
The 25-pounder gun/howitzer is one of Britain’s most iconic artillery weapons used effectively throughout World War II.
Dates from 1943 | Object number: XIX.911
During the Blitz, these guns gave a sense of hope and of fighting back to the civilian population awaiting the fall of Hitler’s bombs.
Dates from 1943 | Object number: XIX.840
Germany led the way during the 1860s, using new materials and methods to produce a steel breech.
Dates from 1895 | Object number: XIX.275
The most famous artillery weapon of the Second World War.
Dates from 1944 | Object number: XIX.331
Anti-aircraft gunners had to be able to see their targets at night so enemy bombers had to be brightly illuminated.
Dates from 1940 | Object number: XXIII.165
One of the most widely used and best light anti-aircraft guns of the Second World War.
Dates from 1940 | Object number: XIX.861
This gun was captured by British soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Dates from 1813 | Object number: XIX.352
Every cannon was expected to see action at some point in its career, and this Russian gun has certainly ‘been in the wars’.
Dates from 1793 | Object number: XIX.815
Built to last, this amazing Saker was originally cast during the reign of Elizabeth I in about 1601.
Dates from 1601 | Object number: XIX.23
Germany led the way during the 1860s, using new materials and methods to produce a steel breech-loading rifled gun.
Dates from 1874 | Object number: XIX.350
One of the most infamous pieces of artillery of the 20th century, the development of the Iraqi Supergun was shrouded in secrecy.
Dates from 1988 | Object number: XIX.842-3
Made in 1464, this is one of the oldest and most extraordinary cannon in our collection.
Dates from 1464 | Object number: XIX.164
This effective killing machine could be carried through thick jungle or over steep mountains.
Dates from 1941
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