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Site Hire

Fort Amherst is an ancient historic monument with a range of spectacular and unique sites both inside and outside within the grounds that are available for private hire. From corporate functions to music events and celebrations, Fort Amherst offers you a wide range of unique venues. Please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your requirements or to arrange a viewing of any of these buildings or areas.

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Tunnel Complex: Over 750m of tunnels dug deep into the chalk some 60 feet below ground. The complex includes the Lower and Upper Gun Floors which can be used for functions as well as a network of smaller tunnels including the mysterious dean hole, the well , the privy area and the 2nd World War Civil Defence Control Room. Hire them for a private tour for your group, for special parties or for weddings. Total capacity is 150 people.

Facilities: Electricity, toilet facilities, open fires, car parking, catering available.

 

Lower Gun Floor: Situated in the heart of our tunnel network, this hugely atmospheric room as a traditional brick floor and open fireplace as well as natural light from a large gun port and is often used for celebratory parties and weddings.

Facilities: Electricity, open fireplace, free parking, toilet facilities, catering available.

 

Upper Gun Floor: A large and dramatic part of the tunnel complex; this room as been used for theatre, parties, ghost hunts and filming.

Facilities: Electricity, seats up to 50, open fireplace, free parking, toilet facilties, catering available.

 

The Belvedere: A large lawned area towards the top of the Fort with views out across the River Medway. It's perfect for a large marquee or a range of small stands.

Facilities: Power can be supplied by cable to this site. Toilets and parking available nearby. Catering available.

 

The Guard House: This recently restored building is incredibly versatile and stylish - ideal for conferences, exhibitions and demonstrations, parties or even a small intimate wedding.

Facilities: Electricity, parking and toilets available nearby, catering available. Capacities: Upper floor 50 theatre style, 40 meeting style, Lower floor 40 seated, Upper and lower floor max 100 standing.

 

The Grand Magazine: The Grand Magazine is an awe inspiring large vaulted room with some natural light and a very unique atmosphere. A truly unusual venue.

Facilities: Electricity, parking and toilets available nearby. Catering available. Available for all types of functions (open only from April until the end of September). Capacities: 100 standing, 70 seated.  

 

The Gatehouse: The Gatehouse guarded the entry to Fort Amherst and includes a number of small bunk rooms and soldiers quarters. Can be used for overnight stays; perfect for educational trips, role play, small displays and exhibitions.

Facilities: Electricity, toilets. Catering available.

 

The Sunken Courtyard: Currently part of the unrestored area of the Fort, the Sunken Courtyard is a natural amphitheatre. The barracks building at the back of the courtyard is a stunning ruin providing a spectacular backdrop for filming or theatre productions.

 

The Caveyard: A large area of hard standing together with large car parking area. Suitable for small fairs and exhibitions. The hard standing has fixture points for a marquee. The site is next to our visitor centre and Café.

Facilities: Electricity can be supplied to the site by cable, toilet facilities, car parking. Catering available.

 

The Café: A modern Café building serving light meals and refreshments. It is also available for private hire for meetings or community events.

Facilities: Electricity, heating, toilet facilities, car parking, catering available. Capacity: 50 seated, 60 standing.