Special Sunday Gun Firings at Fort Nelson: Battle of Trafalgar


22 Oct
  • trafalgar commemoration firings
  • trafalgar commemoration firings

Portsdown Hill Road


PO17 6AN

Fort Nelson is one of the few places where you can experience live black-powder firings of historic artillery pieces.

On selected Sundays throughout the year there are special firings, featuring authentic gun drills by uniformed detachments from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV).

Fort Nelson is a historic monument, rescued from dereliction and carefully restored. It commands spectacular views over Portsmouth Harbour to the south and the picturesque Meon Valley to the north. The Royal Armouries museum was opened in 1984 for the first time, and today is one of the largest artillery museums in the UK.

The detachments will be available after the firings to talk about the guns and their history.

These events are free and everyone is welcome.  

Marking the Battle of Trafalgar; British and French guns will be fired by uniformed detachments from Ubique and HMS Loire.

Firings at 11.30am, 2pm, 3pm

 Insight session: 18 and 19 century naval gunnery

An insight session which takes visitors on a guided tour of the galleries highlighting the development of naval gunnery between the 18 and 19 century.

  • 12:30 pm, FREE

Handling insight session: The Battle of Trafalgar

Visitors will have the opportunity to handle objects from the Battle of Trafalgar including naval uniforms, and a Victoria naval cutlass.

  • 3:15 pm , FREE

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