Tilbury Fort Castles
No2 Office BLock, The Fort
The artillery fort at Tilbury protected London until the dawn of the 20th century. Henry VIII built the first fort and, nearby, Elizabeth I rallied her army waiting for the Armada.
The present fort, the most complete example of its type in England, was begun in 1672 under Charles II. It supported powerful artillery to stop warships, a garrison to repel a land attack, and two magazines that stored vast quantities of gunpowder. New for 2005 - There will be a new audio tour which will include Elizabeth I's Armada speech and a description of life at the fort by Nathan Makepeace, the Fort's Master Gunner.
Access to buildings: Via level cobbled surface, tarmac and gravel paths, and smooth grass. Level access to magazines, fort square and some underground workings. Seats available.
Exhibition: Level access.
AddressNo2 Office BLock, The Fort, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7NR
Opening times10am - 6pm Apr-Sep
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