What's on at Crownhill Fort

Public access and special events on selected dates

Crownhill Fort is open to the public on the specific dates mentioned.
The inside of the Fort is private and not open to visitors at other times.

Thursday 16th May - late opening - 4pm to 7.30pm - CANCELLED
This event has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. If you have not received a refund please contact us by email.
Thursday 6th June - commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D Day landings - 7pm to 10pm 
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history. Crownhill Fort played an important role in the build-up to Operation Overlord and this event pays tribute to those who were here in 1944.

  • The majority of the Fort Grounds will be accessible between 7pm and 9pm.
  • Museum displays showcasing 1940s military life will be open to view until 9pm.
  • Tour guides will lead walks highlighting several features of the Fort that date to the 1940s.
  • A display of small arms will look at the evolution of firepower during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Visitors will have an opportunity to fire an historic rifle at £5 per round payable on the night using cash only.

The evening will conclude with a commemorative reading and lighting of a beacon on the highest part of the Fort. This forms part of an international ceremony that will be performed all across the world.

The wartime theme of this event continues courtesy of local vendor Nippy Chippy who will be bringing a mobile fish and chip shop to the Fort. James and his team look forward to serving you.
Admission costs £5 for adults and £3 for children, payable in advance through our webshop. Parking, if required, costs £2.50 per vehicle and there is no charge for children under 5. Any remaining tickets will be offered for sale at the gate using cash only. The gates of the Fort will close at 8.30pm to enable our staff to join the commemoration.
Future events
Tuesday 9th July - firing of the Moncrieff Disappearing Gun - 6pm to 8pm
One of only two examples worldwide, this operational Moncrieff Disappearing Gun is a very rare piece of artillery that showcases the ingenuity of Victorian inventors. You are invited to join us for a short tour of the Fort before we drill and fire a blank charge from this unusual piece. Just 40 tickets will be available for this event to ensure everybody has a good view of the action. 
Admission £5 per person, parking £2.50 per vehicle. Tickets will go on sale in early June 
Tuesday 23rd July - firing of the Caponier Guns - 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 8th August - public event - 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 7th September - be part of a Gun crew - 10am to 3pm
Friday 20th September - bat walk - 6.30pm to 8pm
Saturday 28th September - join a guided tour of the Fort - 10am to midday
Tuesday 22nd October - Crownhill Fort After Dark - 4pm to 8pm

Crownhill Fort

Crownhill Fort is home to a succession of holiday guests and a community of small businesses. For this reason public access is not permitted on dates other than those listed above.

Some areas of the Fort including the Holiday Accommodation, underground spaces and premises occupied by our business residents are not available to view unless advertised.

Note that we only allow assistance dogs inside the Fort; please leave your pets at home.

For more information about public events please contact the Fort Office on 01752 793754