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Discover the fascinating history of Fort Amherst through its captivating tunnel tours.
Step back in time to the Napoleonic era and uncover how these tunnels were ingeniously used for shelter, storage, and defense. As you explore the maze-like passageways, you'll be transported to a time when the military expanded the existing chalk caves, reinforcing them with sturdy brick arches during the late 18th century.
The construction efforts were a collaborative effort, involving garrison soldiers and local contract workers, who collectively transformed these caves into a strategic asset for the fort. These tunnels served as vital elements in the fort's defense strategy, offering secure protection for the soldiers stationed within. In the event of a land attack, these subterranean passages allowed British guns to cover the entire length of the Barrier Ditch, enhancing the fort's ability to withstand threats and protect its occupants.
But the historical significance of Fort Amherst doesn't end with the Napoleonic era. These tunnels also played a pivotal role during World War II, serving as a base of operations for military activities.
As you delve deeper into the Fort Amherst tunnels, you'll come to understand their critical role in the war effort and their strategic importance in defending against potential enemy forces.
Fort Amherst's tunnel tours provide a unique opportunity to experience history firsthand and learn more about this remarkable site.
Paid parking is available at Fort Amherst. Click here for more information about parking.
There will be a maximum of 20 people on each tour and the tour will last approximately 80 minutes.
Bookings for Tunnel tours are now being taken for January 2024.
Tours start at 11am and run everyday except Mondays and Thursdays.
Fort Amherst grounds:
Gates open 8.00am
Gates close 7.00pm
Car parking closes 7.00pm
Please note grounds opening times are seasonal and are subject to change.
Your voucher is valid for 12 Months from the date of issue.
Please note you must have booked and taken your experience before the expiry date.
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.
A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
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