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.
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!
Fort Amherst is one of Kent’s most paranormally active locations.
See our special tours for exploring ghosts and the supernatural.
PLEASE NOTE TUNNEL TOURS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED.
Adults – £7.50
Children (5 to 15) – £5.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £20.00
Concessions (Students, 65+) – £6.00
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 two times daily during our main season, at 11.00am and 1.30pm.
Please ring the office (01634 847 747) or email email@example.com for information.