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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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Update March 2021

Dear Customer

As you will be aware the government have released its road map laying out its plan to gradually reopen shops/businesses/venues in the coming months. Whilst this is an encouraging step for most it does not change our position and we will remain closed until it is guaranteed that there will be no risk of further forced closures or imposed restrictions/rules.

As this situation is unprecedented, we are unsure when it will be safe to reopen and we will continue to defer a reopening until restrictions are relaxed and it is safe for both guests and staff.

You will appreciate the 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 will process all enquiries as soon as possible. Please channel all enquiries through our hello@solentforts.com email address.

Please be advised

We will NOT be taking any new bookings or sell any more vouchers during the current Coronavirus crisis.

Guests with existing bookings are advised that their deposit will be held pending a rebooking when the forts reopen – we are unable to advise of a rebook date at this time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Solent Forts Team

*You may have seen that the Solent Forts are currently being marketed for sale. Hotels change hands regularly and existing bookings and deposits are transferred over to any new ownership. In the rare event this does not happen you will receive a full refund automatically at the time of sale. Please be assured your deposits and bookings are safe.