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Fort Amherst

Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens

Fort Amherst is Britain's biggest Napoleonic Fortress built during Napoleonic times to defend Medway from a land-based attack.

Fort Amherst has been restored to reflect its local and national importance and has brand new areas to explore! We are a free-to-visit historical site the whole family can enjoy, with 20 acres of green space all linked to the Great Lines Heritage Park. The only charges are for parking, tunnel tours and additional events (free parking for visitors).

Fort Amherst also offers a truly unique and atmospheric venue for your wedding or other event and few locations can offer the perfect back-drop for a variety of film or television productions - Contact us to find out more.

Take pride in local history; explore a maze of underground defensive tunnels; enjoy spectacular views; step back in time to imagine the life of a Napoleonic soldier; and discover Fort Amherst’s strategic role in defending Medway in both World War I and World War II.

There's always something happening at Fort Amherst. Check out our regular and special events on the website or see our Facebook page. Come and visit us soon!


Grounds admission is free. 

TUNNEL TOURS ADMISSION PRICES From £5. Disabled visitors can bring a companion for free and pay the standard admission fee appropriate to their age Under 5s are free


Dock Road Chatham Kent


Opening Times

Winter Opening Times (October to March) Fort Amherst grounds: Gates open 8.00am. Gates close at 4.00pm. Car Park closes at 4.00pm The Pantry Café: Open 9.30am to 3.00pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am – 2pm on Sundays. Summer Opening Times (April to September) Fort Amherst: 8.00am until 4.00pm Café and Visitor Centre: 8.00am until 4.00pm Tunnel Tours: daily tours at 10.00am; 12.00pm; and 2.00pm.

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Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
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