New Tavern Fort

Please contact Towncentric on 01474 337600 to check opening times of the New Tavern Fort

Visit the underground world of New Tavern Fort, wind your way through the tunnels and hear about how the fort would have defended the maritime route to London against an enemy fleet.

Image of the Fort wall

A bit of history

New Tavern Fort is the remains of an 18th century fort situated within the Fort Gardens and built in the 1780s to defend the Thames against the threat of a naval attack from France. It was extensively rebuilt by General Charles Gordon between 1865 and 1879.

The Fort was re-armed in 1904 and guns representing that period of development are now on display.  Come along and venture into the mysterious underground world of the Victorian artilleryman and see the magazines and full size reconstructions of scenes from Gravesend during the Second World War.

We have an audio tour and it's free!

We are pleased to offer two tours, one for adults and one for children. The tour is free and can be collected from the visitor reception desk or Milton Chantry. Lasting approximatley 60 minutes, the tour guides you through life and times of New Tavern Fort. 

Opening times and how to find us

Opening Hours

The attraction is now closed for the winter. The opening dates for 2016 are Saturday 2 April to Sunday 25 September.

Entry Price (Weekends Only, for Group booking please below)
Adult £1
Child £1

How to find us

New Tavern Fort
Fort Gardens
Milton Place
DA12 2BT


The closest car park is Milton Place (Pay and Display) with access from Ordnance Road.

Please follow this link for a detailed car parking information.

Guided Tours and Group bookings

Private group visits can be arranged outside of our normal opening hours (Min 10 - Max 20 people) through Towncentric Visitor Information Centre. To arrange a private group booking please call 'TOWNCENTRIC' on 01474 33 76 00

Open hours Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm.
TOWNCENTRIC can be found within St Georges Shopping Centre, Gravesend.

Prices (including audio tour if required)Adults £4.50
Child (under15yrs) £3.50

School groups will be required to produce their own risk assessment.

Access Restrictions

The fort is a series of underground tunnels and rooms where lighting levels are low. It is accessible to wheelchair users by prior arrangement. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Last Updated: 9 November 2015