School Visits

Fort Amherst is a valuable local educational resource for Medway and Kent. Britain’s biggest and best preserved Napoleonic fort, it was also used as a Civil Defence Centre in World War II.

In easy reach of Medway, Kent and London schools, make it your school trip destination.

School Visits

Napoleonic War

Education Experience

Fort Amherst was built to defend Chatham Docks during the Napoleonic Wars. Everyone at the fort had an important role. Pupils can examine a soldier’s kit bag, and tour the fort to understand how it was defended. Prepare the cannons, and watch out for enemy attack!

World War II

Education Experience

During World War II, the Fort Amherst tunnels were used as an ARP (Air Raid Precaution) base. A section of the tunnels has been reconstructed and equipped to demonstrate how people lived and worked in the tunnels during this time. Discover how important messages were taken to save lives – and much more!

Napoleonic War Education Experience

Standard Tours

You don’t have to focus on a themed Educational Experience. Our popular Standard Tour covers the history of Fort Amherst, and even includes a Tunnel Tour! Schools, international students and other educational groups of all ages and sizes are welcome.

Napoleonic War Education Experience

We welcome your School Visit enquiry:
please ring the office

01634 847 747

History Curriculum

Tick your curriculum objectives (see below) with a school visit to Fort Amherst, whilst taking your pupils on a fascinating journey through time. Take a look at our school brochure and get in touch today!

A school visit to Fort Amherst can help your pupils:

  • Understand some of the ways we find out about the past
  • Know and understand the history of these islands, and how people’s lives have shaped this nation
  • Understand historical concepts such as cause and consequence
  • Look at evidence to make historical claims
  • Understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change


  • Significant historical events
  • People and places in their own locality
  • Develop an awareness of the past
  • Similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods


  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • Local history study
  • Study of an aspect or theme in British history

Take a look at our
education brochure

Take a look at our education brochure