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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

From a simple Sunday lunch get-together to a lavish military mess-style dinner or a celebratory milestone birthday; whatever the occasion, our rooms can accommodate any number of guests up to seventy-two seated.

Tel: 01329 848518

Function rooms available for hire at Fort Nelson
Point of the Redan 17.5 × 4.8m 60 85
Ante-Room 4.8 × 9.0m 20 30
Officers’ Mess 4.8m x 9.0m 12 N/A

The Redan

Our exclusive rooms are located in the Redan, which originally formed the Officers’ quarters of Fort Nelson. They have been restored to their full Victorian splendour and are not open to the public, so are available for your exclusive use.

The Point of the Redan

The larger Point of the Redan, was originally subdivided and used as quarters for an officer and a servant, in 1890 it was altered to create a Billiard Room. It can seat up to seventy two and makes the perfect setting for both large formal dinners or informal parties.

The Ante-Room

The Ante-Room, formerly the Officers’ relaxation area, can accommodate twenty. This impressive room, with its large recessed picture window, formerly a gun port, has magnificent views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight and is the ideal setting for exclusive dinner parties.

The Officers’ Mess

The Officers’ Mess, which has been beautifully restored can accommodate up to twelve people. This room is ideal for select dinner parties or corporate entertaining.


All functions can be catered for using our selected catering partners who can provide both formal and informal menus. Please see the enclosed list for names and contact details.

Gun Salute & Tours

Make your day extra special and an occasion you and your guests will never forget. A special and unique gun salute fired from one of the historic great guns of the Royal Armouries collection will make a memory to last a lifetime. Special tours of Fort Nelson are also available, led by one of our professional Guides.


Rooms for musical and other entertainment, including discos and live bands are available and included within the facility hire. Please ask for further details.

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