Newhaven Fort
Newhaven Fort
4.5
Military MuseumsMilitary Bases & Facilities
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
An award-winning attraction offering an exciting and varied day out for the whole family. A Victorian coastal fortress housing exhibitions, displays and a program of special events. There is so much to see and do: stunning cliff-top views and on-site gift shop; experience the air-raid simulation, climb up the ramparts to see the breath-taking view across the English Channel, treat yourself to a delicious lunch in the cafe, or have fun in the adventure playground.
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  • Dianne W
    Maidstone, United Kingdom16 contributions
    An excellent family day out
    This is a really interesting place to visit with school age children , particularly if they're interested in history. There are several rooms to visit, each full of information, memorabilia and artefacts on different aspects of the armed forces, wars and social history . The simulated air raid is excellent, as are the tunnels beneath the fort and the views from the top of the fort. Our grandchildren, aged 7 and 9 found the day very interesting, though they criticised the playground as too babyish!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Cliveyboy224
    Yaxley, United Kingdom50 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Interesting but disappointing. I’ve visited many similar forts across the south coast and this is the most disappointing. Lots of areas closed due to health and safety concerns, lots of other doors and areas roped off with no explanation. I am led to believe that a few million is going to be spent soon to rectify this issue, just not helpful for me today. The exhibits are very formative however dated. The fort is advertised as dog friendly, however we were told dogs were not allowed in the cafe and to tie them up outside! Not a chance that was happening and very inconsiderate for solo travellers, so we went elsewhere.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Dawn G
    2 contributions
    Activity at the Fort
    We had a wonderful day at the fort with our 7 year old. Newhaven Art Club were running a free event for children all about Eric Ravilious, where children were invited to create their own plate in his style. They had lots of images of his work there as models for the children and a wide range of materials for the children to use: colouring pencils, felt tips, paint, paint pens, brush pens, and sparkly bits and sequins to stick on. They also ran a competition and all children that took part went away with something. The staff were great with the children and very knowledgable.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Phillip C
    17 contributions
    Nice place
    A great place to walk around and some excellent displays. Walked around the top of the fort and you can see all along the coast. Nice cafe on site and the staff were friendly. Parking just outside. Great place.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Chris L
    4 contributions
    Hidden, unpublished gem.
    I cannot rate this highly enough. An unexpected gem. Great site to wander around with amazing coastal views. Exhibits were informative and interesting with enough to entertain all ages. A particularly poignant display with a focus on the war poets of WWI.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Simon B
    16 contributions
    An unexpected fascinating delight !
    Went on a bit of a whim, never having been before. Very warm welcome, including our two little dogs. Dogs on leads welcome everywhere apart from in cafe and the play area...fair enough. There was a covered space outside the cafe which we could use. Really interesting mock-up exhibits, air raid shelters, blitzed houses. Great views from the top. They've made a real effort to preserve the place for us all to enjoy its history.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
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Simon B
16 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Went on a bit of a whim, never having been before.

Very warm welcome, including our two little dogs. Dogs on leads welcome everywhere apart from in cafe and the play area...fair enough. There was a covered space outside the cafe which we could use.

Really interesting mock-up exhibits, air raid shelters, blitzed houses. Great views from the top.

They've made a real effort to preserve the place for us all to enjoy its history.

Written 24 October 2023
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Regentandcambridge
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We visited the Fort on a crisp but beautiful day and what an amazing time we had, the exhibition halls were very informative and very interactive, I would highly recommend Newhaven Fort for all ages.
Written 17 October 2023
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Chris L
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I cannot rate this highly enough. An unexpected gem. Great site to wander around with amazing coastal views. Exhibits were informative and interesting with enough to entertain all ages. A particularly poignant display with a focus on the war poets of WWI.
Written 22 August 2023
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Phillip C
17 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A great place to walk around and some excellent displays. Walked around the top of the fort and you can see all along the coast. Nice cafe on site and the staff were friendly. Parking just outside. Great place.
Written 20 August 2023
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Dawn G
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a wonderful day at the fort with our 7 year old. Newhaven Art Club were running a free event for children all about Eric Ravilious, where children were invited to create their own plate in his style. They had lots of images of his work there as models for the children and a wide range of materials for the children to use: colouring pencils, felt tips, paint, paint pens, brush pens, and sparkly bits and sequins to stick on. They also ran a competition and all children that took part went away with something. The staff were great with the children and very knowledgable.
Written 18 August 2023
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Cliveyboy224
Yaxley, UK50 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Interesting but disappointing. I’ve visited many similar forts across the south coast and this is the most disappointing.
Lots of areas closed due to health and safety concerns, lots of other doors and areas roped off with no explanation. I am led to believe that a few million is going to be spent soon to rectify this issue, just not helpful for me today.
The exhibits are very formative however dated.
The fort is advertised as dog friendly, however we were told dogs were not allowed in the cafe and to tie them up outside! Not a chance that was happening and very inconsiderate for solo travellers, so we went elsewhere.
Written 10 August 2023
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Brighton9
East Sussex, UK430 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Excellent visit - free parking, interesting exhibits covering lots of themes and a really nice cafe. Go before they close for refurbishment.
Written 9 July 2023
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Dianne W
Maidstone, UK16 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a really interesting place to visit with school age children , particularly if they're interested in history. There are several rooms to visit, each full of information, memorabilia and artefacts on different aspects of the armed forces, wars and social history . The simulated air raid is excellent, as are the tunnels beneath the fort and the views from the top of the fort. Our grandchildren, aged 7 and 9 found the day very interesting, though they criticised the playground as too babyish!
Written 6 July 2023
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Meg H
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Friends
Learnt a lot about various historical moments. Plus, fairly accessible for those with mobility aids.

Only let down was two coaches full of screaming school kids. Also great that once you get a ticket you can return for free whenever you want within a year!
Written 22 June 2023
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Simon C
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
This is a great place to visit, it has interesting and funny exhibits. The vidèo was funny and the accessibility was great. I use a scooter and could nearly go everywhere. Thanks 😊
Written 18 June 2023
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