Coalhouse Fort

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Coalhouse Fort is a Victorian coastal defence fort set in parkland next to the river Thames at East Tilbury, Essex, completed in 1874, to defend the approaches to London from the perceived threat of invasion from France.

It is one of many such forts, referred to as Palmerston Forts. Over the years many of these forts have been demolished or radically altered but Coalhouse, although modified to take more modern armament, has kept much of its original architectural form.

Considered to be one of the finest examples of an armoured casemated fort in the UK The fort is undergoing restoration by ‘The Coalhouse fort Project’.

A visit to the fort provides an insight into the history of how it was used and how it has evolved over the years in the defense of the approaches to London. After your visit to the fort, you are able to enjoy a river walk along public access footpaths beside the river. Coalhouse Point providing one of the few locations that provides for direct access to the River Thames. Or enjoy a family picnic in the well maintained parkland area.

Whilst not all areas of the Fort are open to public access, regular open days and events are held throughout the year, guided tours are available on these days. See the Coalhouse Fort website’s What to See & Do section for more details.

As well as the Fort itself the site features a Miltary Museum, Aviation Museum, Military Vehicles, Garden of Remembrance, Tea Room and Parkland Area.

Guided Tours
Guided Tours conducted by a group of volunteers, give an in depth insight for you to learn about the history, how the fort was used and why it was built at this site. It will take you on a safe and informative tour of the building and of normally out of bounds areas to the general public, including The Magazines (know by most children as dungeons) – The Roof area where you will see some magnificent views over the river, and Casemate areas.

Each tours last approximately 45 to 50 minutes and the cost of the tour is in with the entry price to the fort.

Additional Tour – The Paranormal Tour
Cost £2.00 – Adults Only

Coalhouse Fort is renowned for its paranormal activity. Over the years project members and experts alike have all seen and experienced many unexplained sightings and events.

This tour will take you on an extensive tunnel tour and to the areas of particular prevalence. You will learn what has been seen, heard and felt! At the end of the tour you will also be told about the investigations run by The Paranormal Team and be offered the opportunity to attend one of our regular Paranormal Evenings that are regularly held throughout the year (fees apply). – See more at: http://www.essexmums.org/placescoalhousefort.html#sthash.AkZj2bk0.dpuf

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