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Come and join us for a ghost tour of our infamous haunted tunnels. Tours take place on the first Friday of every month. Click here for more.
Fort Amherst, based in Chatham, Medway, Kent, is Britain’s largest Napoleonic Fortress and provides a great day out for all the family. If you are looking for days out in Kent or the Medway area, then come and discover how Chatham dockyard would have been defended along with:
- Over 300 years of military history with an amazing network of underground passageways, historic buildings and gun emplacements all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland.
- Take a tour of the incredible tunnel defences, enjoy some light refreshments in our Café or take a stroll to the highest point of the Fort and enjoy the spectacular views over the River Medway and the towns of Chatham and Rochester beyond.
- Explore one of Kent’s most haunted locations on spine chilling Ghost Tours or stay until the early hours on one of our Paranormal Investigations.
- Hire the Fort for your special private event. We have many different locations on the site; just call us to discuss your requirements.
"We had a great time at Fort Amherst - it was obvious that all of the volunteers had gone out of their way to ensure that the birthday ghost tour was a complete success. The girls were scared from the moment they set foot in the tunnels - that's when the screaming started and it didn't really stop until we got back out into the daylight! The misty atmosphere, together with the eerie stories, really set the scene and kept everybody completely engrossed (and, in some cases, petrified!) throughout."
"I would just like to thank you for a brilliant night. The ghost evening was a fantastic insight into the world of Fort Amherst, which my family and I really enjoyed. The guides were friendly, knowledgable and just as scepticle as the rest of us. I felt completely safe in their hands for the night, thank you."
Fort Amherst is a wonderful educational resource for those studying Napoleonic history, 2nd World War history and also local Medway history. The Fort, is Europe's best preserved example of a Napoleonic Fortress, with over 750 metres of tunnels carved into the chalk cliffs and our historic gatehouse where the soldiers would have lived.
We welcome school groups and can arrange a tour of the tunnels with one or more of our trained guides tailored to the specific age group of the children. School Groups are also very welcome to picnic in our extensive grounds and there is even a children's play area.
Educational Tours take 1 - 1.5 hours are priced at £3.50 per child and include an Educational Pack for each child with a question sheet to fill in and a timeline showing key dates in the Fort's history.
We offer one free teacher place for every 10 children and can supply teacher packs which include background information and answer's to the children's question sheets.
Small gifts and souvenirs are available in our Visitor Centre which is open every day from 10am until 4pm and also serves hot and cold drinks, ice creams and light meals.
"Fort Amherst is a wonderful place to visit, because it is a mix between war time and Napoleonic times. Our tour guide (Neil) made it very easy to understand. I found it very interesting and would love to go there again."
"Our visit to Fort Amherst today was superb, we had a tremendous tour guide that was dressed as a pirate and he taughts us so much."
Year 5 pupils: St Margarets at Troy Town Primary School.
The parkland grounds of Fort Amherst are open free of charge 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.
Tunnel Tours take place every day at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Additional tours may be run at busy times. Please see our Tunnel Tours page for further information and to book.
Cafe and Visitor Centre:
Cafe and Visitor Centre open daily from 10am to 4pm; enjoy drinks, snacks & superb light lunches.
We regret that dogs, with the exception of guide and therapy dogs, are not permitted on site, other than to use the designated footpath which runs through the grounds. All dogs must be on a lead whilst in the grounds of the Fort.
To view a map of our location please click here.
There is free on site parking for those visiting the Tunnels and Visitor Centre. Entry is by the Visitor Centre and parking is in the Caveyard.
All day and weekly parking tickets for visitors to the Medway area now available for an appropriate fee - click here for details.
The tunnels are regrettably unsuitable for wheel chairs and those of limited mobility. Disabled parking, access and toilet facilities are available at the Visitor Centre in the Caveyard.
Toilets are available in the Visitor Centre including a disabled facility.
Guide Book and Shop:
The Guide Book (price £3) contains a site map and full information on the site. There is also a small shop within the Visitor Centre which sells souvenirs and gift items.
Tel: 01634 847747
Click here for a map
Book now for 2013 at 2012 prices
Fort Amherst is a truly unique and spectacular location for your wedding. You can be married deep within the tunnel complex and light the way with over 800 tea lights... More >
Parking at Fort Amherst
Car Parking is now available at Fort Amherst from Monday - Friday on a full or part time. Click here for details.