Fareham has a history of shipping and industrial activity.It was once a privileged port for the wine trade with France, and had famous brickworks which once provided the "Fareham Reds" used to build the Royal Albert Hall in London. The New High Street is a very busy shopping area with ample parking,but the 'Old High Street' is a beautiful Georgian street , with many well maintained elegant houses of the period , many of which have been tastefully 're-inspired' as restaurants and the like. Palmerston's defence work can be seen in Fareham as in many other Hampshire coastal towns. Forts Nelson , Southwick , Widley and Purbrook still fly the Naval ensign. Fort Nelson now houses the Royal Armouries Museum of Artillery.
Hampshire's premier vineyard , produces wines specially for the House of Commons !, but not solely for the consumption of our ministers , the general public alike are welcomed here for a fascinating audio tour through the vineyard and winery. There is of course an opportunity to taste several award winning wines !
Known as 'Britains Loudest Museum' perhaps ear plugs are the order of the day when visiting Fort Nelson.But it is well worth it to see the largest collection of artillery in the country, ranging from Tudor cannons to the 'infamous' Iraqi supergun. The fort itself is well worth exploring, being a unique example of mid Victorian architecture , with it's ammunition tunnels and restored barracks, and there are special gun firing demonstrations throughout the year.
OPEN DAILY FROM 10 am - 5pm.
Fort Nelson , Down End Rd , Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AN 01329 233734
Westbury Manor Museum is a 17 th century farmhouse originally built on the out skirts of the town now finding itself in the centre ! It was extended in the Victorian period , and has now been restored to it's former glory. It has displays on the history of the town as well as regular events .A recent addition is the coffee shop in the Victorian gardens.
The Red Lion Hotel is a beautiful listed building, originally an old coaching inn. At the Red Lion we take pride in our warm and traditional welcome. Book online now Price: From £65 No of rooms: 46 Cards: Amex Diners Visa/Mcard Switch Child rate: No Garden Ratings:
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