Explore

Each visit to Newhaven Fort offers something new and exciting for all the family. If you are planning your first visit to Newhaven Fort, here are a few suggestions of activities to include as part of your day out:

  • Stroll along the ramparts and be wowed by the breath-taking panoramic, coastal views of the South Downs and Seaford Bay (remember that well behaved dogs are also welcome on a lead).
  • Sit in our recreated air-raid shelter and experience how it would have felt being caught in a real air-raid (although the comforting narration reminds everyone that, on this occasion, it’s completely safe!). Air raids are run on the hour between 12.00pm and 4.00pm.
  • Go on your own personal journey of discovery around the different elements of the Fort – what is behind each casemate door? How did the soldiers get fresh water, considering the Fort is surrounded by sea water?
  • Why not have your picture taken beside the huge guns on-site and discover the name of each one.
  • Uncover the story of how the Fort was built into the cliff under the instruction of a 22-year-old lieutenant and observe the remarkable military design concepts he used.
  • Enjoy a sense of freedom in the 10-acre site and cherish the fresh air and good exercise that are sure to blow away any cobwebs!
  • Relax and soak up the atmosphere as the under 12’s play in the outdoor adventure playground.
  • Take afternoon tea in the Fort Teas Tea Room with the biggest, naughtiest cake you can eat. Perhaps ask for a take away and enjoy a mini picnic on the grassy clifftop.
  • Mooch through the range of goodies in the gift shop, from pocket-money-priced souvenirs to do-it-yourself models and wartime poetry and recipe books.
  • Why not combine your visit with one of our special events? See our What’s On page for further details. From open-air cinema and children’s workshops to military re-enactments and quiz trails, there is something for all the family.