Things to see & do
Fort Nelson is home to the Royal Armouries’ collection of artillery and historic cannon – the Big Guns – with over 350 on display, including the massive 200-tonne railway gun. Discover some of the iconic pieces from the collection below.
Visitors can explore 19 acres of ramparts and outer fortifications, plus secret underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers, and discover what life was like for the Victorian garrison in the barrack rooms, hospital and kitchen.
Museum galleries include The Voice of the Guns and Artillery Hall, which display an extensive collection of iconic guns from around the world, from medieval wall-smashers to 20th-century weaponry.
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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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