Redoubt Fortress, Kids go free
Redoubt Fortress, Kids go free

Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne

Redoubt Fortress cannon, photo by Jarrold Publishing

A World of Discovery Awaits...

Discover over 200 years of unique history hidden within the walls of the Redoubt Fortress. 

Reveal the stories behind the Faces of the Fort, follow the brand new Augmented Reality trail using our new app for phones and tablets, and unlock some of the fortress' hidden secrets.

One of the south coast's most historic landmarks, this Georgian Fortress was built to defend against Napoleon.  It continued as a working fortress for many years, also used during World Wars I & II by Military Police, Home Guard and Canadian forces.

The Redoubt Fortress is currently closed for building works.

The fortress and The Outpost Cafe will reopen from 23 March 2019 for weekends only, for guided hard hat tours, while the works take place.

Bringing History to Life

Augmented Reality Trail

Augmented Reality app at the Redoubt Fortress

Bring history back to life at the Redoubt Fortress with our 3D Augmented Reality app, featuring talking objects, picture puzzles, quizzes and even cannon shooting games.

Follow the trail using our app to view how the Redoubt would have looked 200 years ago, featuring 360 degree simulation of casemates on your phone or tablet.

Discover Augmented Reality

Children at the Redoubt Fortress

Great for Kids

Let the kids loose with our new Augmented Reality app for picture puzzles and cannon shooting fun, or experience life in the Victorian school room with slate chalk boards and an abacus!

Try on a Napoleonic officers uniform or a WW1 soldier's helmet and create your own arts and crafts in the Resource Room.  With school holiday events and seasonal trails there is plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Fortress Facts

model of the Redoubt Fortress

From its early Napoleonic beginnings to secret WWII documents, the Redoubt has a fascinating history waiting to be discovered.

Find out more about the main features of the building and its wide ranging history with our Fortress Facts.

Fortress Facts

Visit the Redoubt Fortress

Redoubt Fortress parade ground, photo by Jarrold Publishing

Opening Times & Prices

The Redoubt Fortress reopens 23 March 2019 for pre-booked guided hard hat tours at weekends only, while the restoration works take place.

Tours must be pre-booked in advance.


Don't forget The Outpost cafe for sandwiches, cake and hot drinks open every weekend from 23 March 2019.

spooky steps of the Redoubt Fortress

Daily Tours

Join the daily guided tour (included with admission) at 11am and 2.30pm every day, lasting 30 minutes. Longer tours run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Overwhelming Firepower and Deadly Design at 11am and Lockups and Latrines at 2.30pm

School Holidays

The Redoubt runs childrens events and trails most school holidays, from the popular Science week to our spooktacular Halloween trail throughout our creepy corridors. Workshops must be booked in advance, however trails can be collected on the day from reception.

Getting to the Redoubt Fortress


Via Prom - Located by the beach, why not pop in through the main seafront entrance while you stroll the promenade to explore The Pavilion gardens, Azimuth sculpture and the Redoubt's parade ground.

Via Royal Parade - The Redoubt Fortress entrance from here crosses the moat with direct access to the gun platform. Please note there are a large number of steps from here to the Parade Ground.

Location: Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AQ

What's On at the Redoubt Fortress

Getting to the Redoubt Fortress

By Car

Sat Nav Post Code BN22 7AQ

From the A22, A27 & A259 (east)

Follow signs to Eastbourne seafront. At the large seafront roundabout (Sovereign Centre) turn right and continue for 3/4 mile. The Redoubt is located on the left after Treasure Island car park and bowling greens.

From the A259 (west)

Follow signs to Eastbourne seafront to the Pier, continue past the Pier for another 1/2 mile and the Redoubt is located on the right after the Pavilion.

Car Parking

Free on-street parking is available on Royal Parade, or a Pay & Display car park is nearby at Treasure Island. There are also 3 disabled parking bays on Royal Parade.


Please note there are a large number of stairs in places.  Due to the historical nature of the Redoubt Fortress building, there is no wheeelchair access to the Parade Ground and building interior.

The gun platform can be accessed from Royal Parade without steps.  There are a large number of steps from here down to the Parade Ground.

There are 3 disabled parking bays on Royal Parade.

Public Transport


Stagecoach Buses 1, 1A, IX, the Loop, and 55 all stop on Seaside Road, just a 10 minute walk away. Bus 99 stops on Royal Parade close to the Pavilion.

Stagecoach Buses

Dotto Train

The seafront Dotto Train, running from Holywell to Sovereign Harbour during the summer, also stops next door at the fortress.


Southern Railway services run into Eastbourne with up to 3 trains per hour from London Victoria, plus services from Lewes, Brighton, Hastings and Ashford International.

Southern Railway