Take a tour and get an insight into the past of this historical fort that was constructed between 1861 and 1874. It was built to defend the Thames from a potential invasion by France and it also served as a coastal defence battery during WW1 and WW2. The fort was closed following the abolition of Coastal Defence in 1956 and used as storage for Bata shoes until the 1960s.
You will be taken through the building to places that are normally out of bounds to the general public. You will also see the dungeons and go up to the roof area where magnificent views over the river can be seen. Each tour takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes and they are very informative.
There are many interesting pictures and artefacts relating to the Coalhouse Fort as well as general military equipment for you to enjoy. It also houses a fine display of objects dedicated to the Royal Navy.
If you are into something spooky, see what you will experience in the infamous room 24 on one of Coalhouse Fort’s paranormal investigation nights. You may be in for a shock of your life!
Paranormal nights take place most Saturday nights of the year. For more information about these nights, log onto: http://www.coalhousefort.co.uk/paranormal.html
Opening Times: The opening hours of Coalhouse Fort are 11am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Costs: Costs £4.00 includes a tour. Each tour last approximately 45 to 60 minutes (please see additional information below). Tours are offered subject to availability and the time will depend on weather conditions, especially on the roof. Groups are limited to a maximum of 25 people due to small spaces and are conducted on a first come first served basis.