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WELCOME ABOARD HORSE SAND FORT

Discover the amazing past of our historic fortresses

The newest addition to our collection of forts, Horse Sand, is the same spectacular size as No Man’s and shares the same compelling past. We want to showcase the incredible history of these forts and have preserved the beauty of this historic monument and its 100 chambers and living quarters, original gun carriages and armour plated walls. Take a step back in time as you take in Horse Sand Fort and all its glory.

Restoring the Past

The decision to create a museum on Horse Sand Fort was taken in order to preserve the valuable and fascinating history of this site, and create a memorable insight for visitors keen to learn more about the monumental transformation undertaken on both Spitbank and No Man’s.

Horse Sand fort was purchased by Solent Forts in an abandoned state having been unoccupied for decades. The first step in creating our living museum was to clear the site of debris, removing anything not of historical significance.

In places the fort was unstable and dedicated teams of experts battled challenging weather to ensure the site was safe and secure before further renovation could begin. A thankless task, the site was painstakingly scoured so that all elements of historical relevance were preserved.

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Dear Guests

As a result of recent Government guidance discouraging mass gatherings and encouraging ‘social distancing’ in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily cease trading at Solent Forts. The safety of our guests and crew is and always has been of paramount importance.

As this situation is unprecedented, we are, as yet, unsure when it will be safe to reopen the forts. We are currently concentrating on the displacement of all confirmed bookings which were due to take place over the next 28 days (up to and including Friday 17th April). Bookings beyond this date may also be subject to rebooking. We will be looking at dates beyond 17th April on a fortnightly basis whilst taking into account any further government advice.

You will appreciate the unprecedented nature of the current situation and the volume of customer enquiries we are receiving at this time. We as we are a very small team and we respectfully request that you do not contact the Port Office by phone or in person as this will help our team to process all enquiries as soon as possible. Please channel any other enquiries through our hello@solentforts.com email address.

We are working hard to reschedule as many of the affected bookings as smoothly and efficiently as we can and we are doing everything we can to provide maximum flexibility as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.

These procedures apply for all bookings made direct with the venue. If you booked through a third party agency please contact them directly.

Further updates will be provided via our online statement and through our social media channels.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Solent Forts Team