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Fort Amherst

Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens

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 Medway and Britain 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.

Looking for a unique venue?  Fort Amherst also offers venue hire please contact us for further information.

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. Better still once you have explored our entire Napoleonic Fort you can pop to the Pantry Café for a bowl of water and a sausage!

Fort Amherst is managed by Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, relying almost entirely on volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering please get in touch.

*additional charges apply please check website for details


Grounds admission is free (parking charges apply)

Tunnel Tours available from £7.00 (bookable online in advance)


Dock Road Chatham Kent


Opening Times

Summer Opening Times (April – September) Grounds Open 08:00 -19:00 Winter Opening Times (October – March) Grounds Open 08:00 – 16:00

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