Fort Facilities


Whitsand Bay Fort offers a range of all weather all year facilities to make your stay that much more enjoyable.

All the facilities are free to use for our guests except where indicated.


'The Vaults' restaurant and family club

Set in original 1890 underground officers mess & quartermasters store, relax in this unique setting where there is something for all.

We have  family entertainment in the Vaults rooms during the holiday season.

One of the very few parks with an authentic English pub on the grounds , completely family friendly and very welcoming. 


 Vaults Beer Pic     


Family friendly restaurant in the vaulted chambers, and yes! It is haunted!

The "Boat Bar", a quiet  snug with a distinct seafaring ambience, with three flat screen TV's for children's films and live sport.

New for 2014 the beautifully refurbished Vaults receptions rooms, with newly revealed original Napoleonic architecture, as part of our continuing commitment to preserving and protecting the heritage of the fort infrastructure. 

Free WI-FI in The Vaults bars, and American pool.

For full ' Vaults ' menu, event listing and wedding reception information, go to

New family friendly restaurant menu with locally sourced products from the land and sea and weekly specials according to season.

New for 2014, The heritage centre, with information, tours and artifacts from the rich history of the area.


The 'beaches' poolside Café

(open early morning to early evening) offers a snack menu including breakfasts, paninis, beverages, milk shakes and soft drinks.

Here you can also shop for newspapers, bread, milk, confectionery, ice creams and a range of other holiday products.

If you want to keep in touch, The Beaches Café doubles as an internet café with PC’s available and free WI-FI access.

The village of Millbrook 1 mile away has several convenience stores with easy parking.


Pool Picture  

 For those active guests there is an INDOOR (very warm) swimming pool, and kiddies pool available all year round.

The complex also has a washing up area, launderette, heritage centre,  sun terrace, playroom, changing rooms and showers.

Games room with American pool, table tennis tables and air hockey.

Chapel and library where books are free to borrow. A quiet retreat in a unique vaulted room,  original to the fort.

Outdoor play area, Whitsand's wildlife Walk, Picnic areas, crazy golf, information centre, wildlife areas and viewpoints.

Private childrens parties by appointment for family celebrations with music , food and exclusive use of the swimming pool.


Historic Tours

We have weekly organised historic tours of the Fort monument including newly accessible underground ammunition rooms and tunnels, which have been closed for over 50 years!




The fort still has the gun emplacement , tunnels and other buildings which may be freely explored.

We have regular tours of the Fort, and occasional archeological digs during the summer.

The history of the Fort is still incomplete with research and further excavations planned.

English Heritage Designated Ancient Monument No. 978

2014 Weekly tours every sunday 11.30am.



Whitsand wildlife walk

The path meanders around the fort glacis, with stunning views with every step. 

Wild local flora and fauna abound, and ever changing with the seasons.

Benches at various points for you to take in the surrounding beauty.

Look out for Kestrals, buzzards,  sparrow hawks using the cliff thermals.

In the bay we have a variety of marine life visiting occasionally, including dolphins, basking sharks and sea lions.

Activity on the water will be commercial and recreational fishing boats, diving the local wrecks of HMS Syclla and The James Egan Layne, recreational boating, and surfing. 


With wonderful scenery, local historic villages, horse riding, golf and surfing available nearby, plus the close proximity of Plymouth and the wealth of Cornish tourist attractions, there is plenty.

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