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No Man's Land Sea Fort

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50°44'23"-01°05'42" show decimal

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No Man's Land Sea Fort
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No Man's Land Sea Fort is one of four forts built in the Solent in the 19th Century to help protect Portsmouth, originally from the threat of Napoleon though that had passed by the time of completion. Subsequently, it played a strategic role in the defence of the English Channel during WWI, and had anti-aircraft guns during WWII.

The fort is now a private (expensive) luxury hotel, with some 21 guest bedrooms, and has two helipads.

The nearest place to see the fort from land is The Esplanade at Seaview, Nettlestone, and directions are to this point. Or alternatively the Portsmouth-Fishbourne car ferry passes quite close to the fort if you travel to the island that way!

How to get here from Norris Castle:

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Road: Head down New Barn Road until you reach it's end, and then turn left onto the A3021. Follow the A3021 to Whippingham, then turn left onto the A3054 towards Wootton and continue on to Ryde. From there take the B3330 towards Nettlestone, and then turn left onto the B3340 into the town (Seaview). The coast here along the Esplanade is the nearest point to seeing No Man's Land Sea Fort. Parking: sea front (charge may apply). (10.2 miles, 28m) +

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General Directions to get to this location.

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableView from Seaview Esplanade

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Photograph taken: 22nd July 2002 by Chuck Foster

The Sea Devils (1)
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Filmed: 26 Oct 1971
The Sea Devils attack a naval research base.

 

Other nearby locations:

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Bembridge Sailing Club (The Sea Devils). Road (3.7 miles, 11m) : Head out of Nettlestone on the B3340, and then turn left onto the B3330 towards St. Helens. Once there, turn left onto the B3395 towards Bembridge. is on Embankment Road at the end of the marina. Parking: car park by cafe. Parking There is a car park near the cafe.

Routes to more distant locations:

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Norris Castle (The Sea Devils). Road (10.2 miles, 28m) : Head out of Nettlestone on the B3340, and then turn right onto the B3330 towards Ryde. Once there head along A3054 towards Wootton, and carry on through to Whippingham; then turn right towards East Cowes on the A3021. Once you reach East Cowes, on York Avenue, turn right into New Barn Road, and the castle is at the end of the road. Note: the castle is private so you can only get to the gates! Parking: roadside.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Priory Bay (The Sea Devils): 2.16 miles.

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Bembridge Harbour (The Sea Devils): 3.09 miles.

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Fraser Gunnery Range (The Sea Devils): 4.16 miles.

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Whitecliff Bay (The Sea Devils): 4.82 miles.

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Red Cliff (The Sea Devils): 5.48 miles.

In the News:

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7 Jun 2012: Portsmouth news - "Museum and four-star hotel plans unveiled for two Solent forts"

Further links about the location:

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Royal Naval Museum - The Solent Sea Forts

Related Stories

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The Sea Devils [26 Oct 1971]

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