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Britain’s biggest and best-preserved Napoleonic Fort, step back in history at Fort Amherst.

With over 300 years of history Fort Amherst was one of the key defences of Britain and Medway and has now been restored for all to enjoy.  Whether you wish to discover the importance of defending Britain against land-based attack during the Napoleonic War or learn how the Fort was used during both World Wars, Fort Amherst truly does step through the ages.

Fort Amherst has over 20 acres of green spaces, including Medway’s highest point, which are all free of charge to explore at your leisure.  Alternatively join us for a daily tunnel tour*, exploring this once secret network of tunnels and how they have been used through the ages up to the present, having been included in several major films.

With regular events held throughout the year, secret tunnels to explore and not forgetting the Pantry Café to enjoy a delicious lunch or cream tea, Fort Amherst offers a great value for money day out, for all the family.

With over 20 acres to explore, Fort Amherst is ideal for all four-legged friends and imagine how many squirrels you will get to chase.  Fort Amherst welcomes dogs on leads to all our outside spaces.

*additional charges will apply, please check website for availability and pricing.


Fort Amherst welcome visitors with disabilities and regret that, due to its age, historical layout and the terrain, Fort Amherst is not accessible in all areas for all people.

Parking: accessible parking available at the visitor centre / café.

Toilets: accessible toilet is available at the visitor centre / café. Please note café closing times.

Tunnels: unfortunately, the tunnels are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with impaired mobility.

Fort Amherst Grounds: please note there are steps, steep inclines and uneven ground in places. Call 01634 847 747 for further information.

Access to Fort Amherst: accessible by car via Barrack Hill off Dock Road Chatham. Also accessible by foot from Maxwell Road Brompton, from the Great Lines Heritage Park by the Naval Memorial, and from Barrier Road Chatham.

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