A little boy with cardboard shield and sword.

Jester's Yard

Now FREE!

For our younger visitors we have Jester’s Yard, a special play area dedicated to your mini Knights and Princesses, where they can dress up, explore our play castle and even make their own swords, shields and crowns to take home.

There’s also a soft play area just for babies and toddlers.

Price: FREE

Suitable for ages: 0-10

Opening times vary – please contact the museum for more information

three children dressed up in costumes

Did you know?

Palmerston's Follies

Fort Nelson is one of the ‘Palmerston Forts’, commissioned in the 1860s by Lord Palmerston, who feared a French attack. By the time they were completed, however, any threat from France disappeared. The forts gained the nickname ‘Palmerston’s follies’.