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 our What to See & Do section for more details.