Take our popular Fort Amherst Tunnel Tour and explore a maze of underground tunnels. An adventure the whole family can enjoy.


The tunnels were a vital part of Fort Amherst’s defence in in Napoleonic times – but they were adapted for civil defence and brought to life again as an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Base of Operations in World War II.

They provided shelter from bombardment, storage of ammunition, intricate defence mechanisms and even secret access between the upper and lower works of the Fort. So much hidden away for you to discover!

Tunnel History

There were always chalk caves on the site. The military expanded these from the 1790s, strengthening them with brick arches at weak points. The work was carried out by garrison soldiers, aided by local contract workers.

The tunnels provided secure protection of the Fort Amherst soldiers. This meant that, in the event of a land attack, British guns could fire at the enemy the whole length of the Barrier Ditch.

Haunted Tunnels?

Although Fort Amherst was never attacked during Napoleonic times, some say they can feel the ghostly presence of the soldiers and civilians who lived and worked here throughout history.
Come and find out for yourself!

Spooky Fort

Fort Amherst is one of Kent’s most paranormally active locations.

See our special tours for exploring ghosts and the supernatural.

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Tunnel Tours:

Sadly our Tunnels are currently closed they will reopen after our Halloween event.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Adults – £9.50
Children (5 to 15) – £6.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £25.00
Concessions (Students, 65+) – £7.50
Disabled visitors pay the standard admission and can bring in a companion for free.

At this time we are not selling tickets on the day. Tickets must be purchased in advanced online.

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 daily, at 11.00 and 13:30.

Please ring the office (01634 847 747) or email for information.

Ghost Tours:

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

School Groups Tours

£6.00 per child, all accompanying adults FREE