DEFENDING MEDWAY WITH PRIDE
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!
This tunnel tour was really engaging and great for families and those enthusiastic about the history of Medway. Our tour guide was really good fun and made the tour really special. He went out of his way to make the tour fun and talk to the children too. It was really interesting and an amazing day out for such a small price!
We love all the military history at Chatham so this place is a must! We arrived at 10.30 ready for the 11am tunnels tour, We had a cuppa in the café then met our guide and off we went! I wont say to much about the tunnels but we and our group was amazed by it all and our very nice tour guide made the experience just perfect. Then after about 2hrs in the tunnels time for some lovely home cooked food in the café, The staff where very friendly and a very reasonable price for the food.
We both want to say a big thank you to everyone there who made our trip even more memorable.
Never been to Fort Amherst before. Thought we would give it a try today. Had 8 and 10 year old grandchildren who are difficult to please. Went on a tunnel tour that lasted almost 2 hours and was VERY cool. More importantly the guide kept the children's interest throughout. Would thoroughly recommend this at a very reasonable fee
A very interesting and great insight into the history of Fort Amherst and its tunnel system. Our guide made for a great tour of the tunnels and is not to be missed. We had a very good lunch and refreshments in the nice friendly run cafe. It was a great way to spend 3-4 hours.
Fascinating site, perfect for exploring with children. Extremely interesting tunnel tour. Is only going to improve with the fantastic plans in progress, will return many times.
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.
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 email@example.com for information.