Shoreham Fort


Type:Castle / Fort

Fort Haven, SHOREHAM-BY-SEA, West Sussex, BN43 5HY

Tel: +44 (0)7787 994815

Shoreham Fort


Shoreham Fort is a prototype fortification built in 1857 and is now the last fort of its kind. Developing on the design flaws made 3 years earlier, this design was then used to build the fortifications requested in the 1860 commission that later became known as ‘Palmerston Follies’ after our Prime minister, Lord Palmerston.

Shoreham Fort has a diverse history including the Charge of the Light Brigade, an Artillery Train, First World War, Second World, the first Film Studio complex and even the famous British Actor Nicholas Lyndhurst.

With the charity ‘Friends of Shoreham Fort’ now looking after the site it is a fantastic place to visit all year round but enhanced on their fortnightly open days and yearly events

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Tours on regular ‘Find Out More Days’ are on a donation basis and require a wristband that can be obtained on a first come, first served basis from ‘Food For Fort’.



  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Adjacent Car Park
  • Ramp/Level Access - In parts


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Hot/Cold Drinks, ice creams and snacks on Event/Open Days
  • Picnic Site - 3 large Picnic Benches on site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs are allowed on a lead
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets - Council Run Adjacent

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Council run car park adjacent
  • Parking (free) - 4 hour bays just outside the car park

Payment Methods

  • Open by appointment only - For private group tours
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction - Typically only on event/open days
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the A259, turn onto Shoreham Beach at the Saltings Roundabout and follow the brown tourist signs until ‘Forthaven’ Sat Nav users can use the postcode BN43 5HY There is a council run ‘Pay and Display’ Car park adjoining Shoreham Fort

Public Transport Directions

From Shoreham High Street, on foot cross the ‘Adur Ferry’ Footbridge and follow ‘Harbour Road’ east until the turning ‘Forthaven’ on your left. There is a ‘Compass’ Bus Service that runs Monday – Saturday, bus number 19 runs from Coronation Green on Shoreham High Street to the entrance of Forthaven.


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze 2023

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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