Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent

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due to its age, historical layout and the terrain, Fort Amherst is not accessible in all areas for all people.

Parking: accessible parking available at the visitor centre / café.

Toilets: accessible toilet is available at the visitor centre / café. Please note café closing times.

Tunnels: unfortunately, the tunnels are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.

Fort Amherst Grounds: please note there are steep inclines. Call 01634 847 747 for further information.

Access to Fort Amherst: accessible by car via Khartoum Road.

Brief description

Fort Amherst’s main purpose was the defence of Chatham Dockyard from a landward attack by an invading army, with nearly two miles of ramparts, gun positions, barracks and underground works. Please see


Dock Road






01634 847 747



Opening Times

Always check with the venue directly for up-to-date information including opening times and admission charges as they may be subject to change

Summer Opening Times (April to September)

Fort Amherst: 8.00am until 4.00pm

Café and Visitor Centre: 8.00am until 5.00pm

Tunnel Tours: daily tours at 11.00am and 2.00pm

Average length of Tunnel Tour: 1.5 hours. Tunnel Tours:

Adults – £6.00

Children (5 to 17) – £4.00

Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £15.00

Concessions (Students, 65+) – £4.50

Disabled visitors pay the standard admission and can bring in a companion for free.

School Groups Tours: £3.00 per child, all accompanying adults FREE

Tunnel Tour Groups:  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 three times daily during our main season, at 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm. Please ring the office (01634 847 747) or email for information.

Grounds: Fort Amherst has 20 acres of parkland grounds. These are open daily, free of charge, from dawn until dusk.

April to September, Tunnel Tours are at 11:00am and 2:00pm every Monday to Friday and Sunday each week.

Winter Opening Times (October to March)

Fort Amherst: 8.00am until 2.00pm

Café and Visitor Centre: 8.00am until 4.00pm

October is for our hugely popular, annual Halloween Horrors event…

Fort Amherst is a free-to-visit site. The only charges are for parking, tunnel tours and additional events (free parking for visitors).

Opening times are seasonal. Please check tour times and closure notices to avoid disappointment.



Fort Café / Visitor Centre

We welcome you to relax in our friendly, light and airy Fort Café. Offering a selection of quality refreshments from tea, coffee and light snacks to hot meals and a children’s menu. The Pantry Cafe at Fort Amherst is open every day serving delicious refreshments. Please see their Facebook page for all information on opening times –

Open from 8.00am until 4.00pm


8.00am until 2.00pm


Inside and outside seating, all year round. Guide dogs and therapy dogs welcome inside.


Toilets, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities, are available in the café.

Please note café closing times.

Play Area

A children’s play area is located next to the café.


"We are delighted to have our new outdoor amphitheatre. The perfect facility for entertainment, education and fun. Please look out for upcoming events, or contact us to find out about booking information."

Travel Information

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Or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33
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