At the top of Bembridge Down is the Bembridge Fort, built in the 1860s around the same period as the Old Battery at the Needles.
Up until 1998 the fort had been used as a factory by a company that went into liquidation, unfortunately large areas had been left to go derelict and where full of debris and left behind office equipment which soon added to the deterioration of the fort. Part was let to a crop spraying company which still operate from the fort today.
Due to the condition of the fort and the ongoing work by volenteers to clean and restore the historic building visits are only allowed on a pre-booked tour basis.
Most of the rooms are now empty so the volunteer guides bring them to life with their knowledge which is increasing all the time.
Explore the Fort
Tours cost £4 per adult and £2 per child aged 10-16 years (National Trust members free), and must be booked in advance. They last approximately 1½ hours and are held every Tuesday at 2pm from April to October.
Additional weekday tours for groups of 10 or more people may be possible on request. We regret that tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10.
If you are considering coming on a tour, then you may find the following information useful:
There is free car parking just past the fort on the left hand side of the road.
There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available at the fort.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the fort but we’re afraid we can’t accommodate non assistance dogs.
The nature of the building means that there are some uneven floors, steep steps (although it is possible to miss these out) and narrow corridors. It can also be quite cool inside. Please ware footwear and clothing suitable for these conditions.