Visitor Information

The Trust and Volunteers welcome you to Fort Amherst – Britain’s history on your doorstep


Fort Amherst Statement – Coronavirus (Covid-19) 30.10.2020

The Fort Amherst grounds are open to visitors daily until 4pm. The Car Park and lower fortifications are closed on Saturday & Sunday until further notice – Please observe the social distancing rules

Stay in touch for Fort Amherst updates at https://www.fortamherst.com/plan-your-visit/ or visit our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/fortamherstuk.


  • April to September, Tunnel Tours are currently suspended
  • October Halloween Horrors event is CANCELLED

  • Fort Amherst is a free-to-visit site. The only charges are for parking, tunnel tours and additional events (free parking for visitors).
  • Opening times are seasonal. Please check tour times and closure notices to avoid disappointment. From Friday 6 November gates will close by 4pm.
  • Guide Book. To help you explore this historically significant site and make the most of your visit, why not purchase our family-friendly guide book? Available from the Pantry Café, price £3.50.
  • There’s always something happening at Fort Amherst – Check out our regular and special events here on our Events Calendar – https://www.fortamherst.com/calendar/.
  • Our brand new Henry Hicks Trail is available daily! Please collect your worksheet from The Pantry Cafe to take part.
  • The Pantry Cafe at Fort AmherstNational Lockdown opening times. 9.30am to 2.30pm. Takeaway service only. Please see The Pantry Facebook page for updates – https://www.facebook.com/pantrychatham/.

BRITAIN’S HISTORY ON YOUR DOORSTEP FORT AMHERST

Opening times

Winter Opening Times (October to March)
Fort Amherst grounds: Gates open 8.00am. Gates close at 4.00pm as of Friday 6th November
The Pantry Café: From Thursday 5th November until further notice – 9.30am to 2.30pm for takeaway service only Monday to Friday. Currently closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Tunnel Tours: Currently Suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions

Average length of Tunnel Tour: 1.5 hours

Grounds: Fort Amherst has 20 acres of grounds to explore with walk-in access from the Great Lines Heritage Park by the Naval Memorial, from Amherst Redoubt by the Garrison Church on Maxwell Road, Brompton and from Barrack Hill off Dock Road, Chatham.

Parking

Visitors to Fort Amherst and Grounds

The Fort Amherst Car Park is currently open Monday to Friday only

Please note an ANPR camera system is in operation

ALL vehicles parked on the car park MUST have the registration number registered by one of the methods below.  A ten-minute grace period is allowed for vehicles making a quick turnaround.

  • Registering and payment for parking can be made on a touch pad in The Pantry Café
  • When the café is closed use the Phone & Pay method at all timesSee signs for information

You must register your vehicle by one of the above methods to avoid a fine.

When the café is closed, visitors must use Phone and Pay (please see signs). This is at a cost of £1 per hour and is strictly applied.

Non-Visitor Public Parking
The car park is available for casual parkers not visiting Fort Amherst or the Pantry Café. A digital permit must be obtained from the café at a charge of £4.00 per day. If the café is closed, a Phone and Pay tariff is strictly applied.

> New and exciting for 2019

Tours

Tunnel Tours:

Adults – £6.00
Children (5 to 17) – £4.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £15.00
Concessions (Students, 65+) – £4.50
Disabled visitors pay the standard admission and can bring in a companion for free.

Tunnel Tour Groups:

We love group visits! However, if you are booking a Tunnel Tour for a group of 10+ people, we request that you book 2 weeks in advance. Tour Times: Tunnel Tours take place three times daily during our main season, at 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm

Please ring the office (01634 847 747) or email admin@fortamherst.com for information.

Ghost Tours:

£15 each visitor. Not suitable for children under 8 years.

School Groups Tours

£3.00 per child, all accompanying adults FREE

FIND US

Fort Amherst
Dock Road
Chatham
Kent
ME4 4UB

T 01634 847 747

If unattended, please leave a message. We value your call and will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Email: admin@fortamherst.com

Fort Amherst Guide Book

Guide Book

To help you explore this historically significant site and make the most of your visit, why not purchase our family friendly guide book?
Available from the café, price £3.50.

Accessibility

We welcome visitors with disabilities. We 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. Also accessible by foot from Maxwell Road Brompton, from the Great Lines Heritage Park by the Naval Memorial and from Barrier Road Chatham.

For Your Information

Please take care as historic sites can be dangerous. Children should be accompanied at all times.
Dogs are allowed on leads.
Wilful damage to the monument is an offence.
Smoking, commercial photography and use of metal detectors is prohibited.

Facilities

Fort Café / Visitor Centre

We welcome you to relax in our friendly, light and airy Pantry Café. Offering a selection of quality refreshments from tea, coffee and light snacks to hot meals and a children’s menu, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Inside and outside seating, all year round. Guide dogs and therapy dogs welcome inside.

Toilets

Toilets, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities, are available in the café.
Please note café closing times.

Play Area

A children’s play area is located next to the café.

Amphitheatre

We are delighted to have our new outdoor amphitheatre. The perfect facility for entertainment, education and fun. Please look out for upcoming events, or contact us to find out about booking information.

Phone: 01634 847 747
Email: admin@fortamherst.com

Nearby Kent Attractions

Kent is bursting with important buildings from Britain’s amazing history, as well as ample opportunities for fabulous family fun.

Why not make Fort Amherst part of a great family day out?

Families

Fort Amherst is a free-to-visit site. Bring the whole family to find out more and take pride in Medway’s amazing history.

With 20 acres of grounds to explore; a hill to climb in the fresh air; fortifications to navigate; cannons to spot; bridges to cross; a café and play area to enjoy; tunnel tours and special events throughout the year… Fort Amherst has something for everyone!

Guide Book

To make the most of your visit, why not purchase our family-friendly guidebook? Not only does this help support the work of Fort volunteers, it will take you on a comprehensive circular tour, explaining some of the features and details you encounter as you walk around.

Some of these are obvious… some are easy to miss!

Step into the shoes of those who lived and worked at the Fort; learn some interesting historical facts; and soak up the Fort Amherst atmosphere…

…and use it again when you return!

Available from the café, price £3.50

CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TRAIL

THE MISSING BOOT! WITH DASH THE DOG!

(DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS)

In the early 1800s, an adventurous army dog called Dash lived at Fort Amherst. We can imagine that he was sometimes looked after by a soldier like Private Henry Hicks, who once served at the Fort. Kids will love helping Dash the Dog as they explore and learn in Fort Amherst’s unique grounds.

Missing Boot Trail (between Fort Café and Nelson’s head)

Napoleonic Soldiers must wear correct uniform, but Private Henry Hicks’ boot is missing again! Collect your mission brief, then follow the clues to help Dash the Dog sniff out the boot – before there’s trouble on parade.



Nature Trails

The Herb Garden (Cave Yard): herbs and spices have great value to humans. Use your sense of smell to guess what they might be used for.

Bug Corner (Picnic Area): visit a little wooden village of ‘bug-homes’ including ‘Bugingham Palace’ and ‘Creepy-Crawly-Castle’. Our youngest visitors will love discovering Fort Amherst’s smallest creatures at home.

Woodland Walk (between Fort Café and Nelson’s head): leave the beaten track and set up camp to build your own fort with natural materials. What can you see and hear around you?

WELCOME!  •  Bienvenue a Fort Amherst  •  Bienvenido a Fort Amherst  •  Willkommen zu a Fort Amherst  •  Witamy w Fort Amherst  • 

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