The Fort at Crownhill is the best preserved of Lord Palmerston’s Ring of Fire which surrounded Plymouth in Victorian times, protecting the Royal Dockyard at Devonport from French attack and bombardment. Crownhill represented the cutting edge of fortress design during that period. However, Crownhill’s guns were never put to the ultimate test, for advances in artillery soon overtook it, and fortresses became obsolete. Unlike many of the mid Victorian forts in Plymouth and elsewhere, Crownhill was retained by the army for over a century and therefore did not suffer many irreversible alterations.

The Landmark Trust acquired Crownhill Fort in 1987, and have undertaken major work to restore the grounds, weaponry and buildings.The role The Fort plays today is an important one to many people in Plymouth – providing for weddings, parties and events, conference facilities, school tours, group visits, open days, holiday accommodation, as well as office space for small businesses.

For school tours, visits, open days and general enquiries please contact:

The Fort office on 01752 793754.

For enquiries about weddings or events at Crownhill Fort please contact:
Orange Chilli: call 01752 680021 or email:

Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Road, Plymouth, PL6 5BX Tel: 01752 793754 E-mail:
Crownhill Fort is owned and administered by the Landmark Trust, an independent charity that restores buildings of historic importance
Weddings, parties and conferences at Crownhill Fort, as well as The Fort Bar Lounge and its associated database of members, are managed by Orange Chilli