Brean Down Fort was built in the 1860s as part of the Bristol Channel defences. Along with Flat Holm and Steep Holm islands and batteries on the Wales side, a direct line of defences was formed to protect the docks. Brean Down Fort is located at the furthest point of Brean Down, just South of Western-Super-Mare in Somerset. It was originally armed with seven 7-inch guns, and later re-armed in WW2. It was partially destroyed at the beginning of the twentieth century by an explosion in the magazine, leaving some parts derelict.
The fort now remains National Trust property and is free open access, with some interpretation boards installed.
Plan courtesy of the PFS
View from the top of Brean Down
Entrance to the Fort
View down the ditch
Inside the fort
View inside the barracks
Derelict barrack block
Steps down to magazine
Looking into the magazine
One of the gun positions
Loop-holed casemate protecting the entrance
The fortified Steep Holm Island
WW2 Battery Oberservation Post above the Fort