We combine stimulating, hands-on education with enjoyment, resulting in effective learning and lasting memories. An educational trip here is an unforgettable fun-packed day.

Perfect for students studying the Second World War and local history, the defensive history of the Newhaven Fort site dates back to the Iron Age. The fort that stands today was built in the 19th Century, following the threat of invasion by Napoleon III, and Newhaven Fort played a significant role in both the First and Second World Wars as part of a network of defences protecting the English coast.

School trip options

Discovery visit – £4.95 per child

Students get a focused talk from one of our Fort Facilitators, an Air Raid experience and time to explore using our Educational Trail resources – a great opportunity to use their imagination. Download our presentation to show your class before you visit.

Home Front Object Handling Workshop – £5.95 per child

A captivating discovery workshop where children become History Detectives. Guided by a Fort Facilitator and using original WWII artefacts, they unravel information about the lives of local individuals. Includes an Air Raid experience. See the Object Handling Information Sheet for teachers for details.

Book your visit

What is included?

  • Free teacher preview visit
  • Free adult places 1:5 children
  • Under cover lunch area
  • Bag and coat storage
  • Visit to gift shop
  • Fort staff to welcome you – so no queuing
  • Free on-site coach parking

Newhaven Fort is open throughout the year for school visits. Teachers are welcome to come for a preview visit and discuss trip options with our staff.

PLEASE NOTE : For 2024 Newhaven Fort is open for school visits until 21st February. A major refurbishment and repair programme starts in March and the Fort will be closed, we will however be offering Outreach Visits for schools from March 2024 – Mid February 2025.


Information for teachers

Presentation - Preparing for your visit

Images and notes regarding what you see, learn and experience during a visit to Newhaven Fort

Getting the most out of your visit

Practical information on how to get here, curriculum links, Fort timeline and model risk assessment

Booking Form

Download, print out, complete and return this form to the Fort to make an application for booking

Pre-visit activities

Suggested activities to help you prepare your pupils for their visit

Educational Trail

For use by teachers and helpers with Key Stage 2 groups, with particular focus on the role of the Fort in the Second World War

Educational Trail - Information for Teachers

Notes for teachers and helpers on how to use the trails during your self-directed visit

Home Front Object Handling Workshop - Information for Teachers

Notes for teachers regarding the fun and exciting object handling workshop, including learning outcomes and curriculum links

Follow-up Activities

Suggested post-visit activities encouraging pupils to reflect on their visit

Student Worksheets

These resources will help you explore different aspects of the Fort and British history. Please print them and bring them with you when you visit. Educational resources are also available from the Newhaven Fort shop.

First World War Worksheet - Coming Soon!

A worksheet featuring questions on the First World War.

The Home Front

A worksheet featuring questions about civilian life in Britain during World War Two.

Ardagh’s Challenge

A worksheet featuring questions about Newhaven Fort and its exhibits.


Newhaven Fort is a great destination for language schools for both educational and recreational purposes. Students can immerse themselves in a piece of British history, whilst exploring the depths of our tunnels and soaking in the views across the Sussex Downs and coast. Group rates are available for students of different ages.