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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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Did you know?

Supersonic Tudors

During the reign of King Henry VIII, if not earlier, guns were capable of firing cannonballs faster than the speed of sound – the first supersonic weapons!

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