P&O Ferries: Fort Pampus and the Dutch Line of Defence


Luchtfoto Pampus

If you just can’t get enough of boat trips, once P&O ferries has brought you to the Netherlands why not take another boat out to Fort Pampus. This man-made island will make for a fascinating daytrip; you can either get a tour or wander the battlements of an innovative form of Dutch defence.

Pampus is part of a system of 46 forts that formed the Defence Line of Amsterdam, the idea was to flood the surrounding landscape should enemies get that far in to Holland, making it difficult for the invading army to even approach the fortifications before being rebuffed. It was constructed between 1883 and 1920; however by its time of completion military aircraft had developed enough to make such defences redundant. Fort Pampus is not only interesting from a military and engineering perspective but they also organise pirate treasure hunts for children and other such events and since the fort was closed to the public for so long it has developed an excellent ecosystem for wildlife lovers to see birds, reptiles and small mammals.

The island was formed by pushing 3800 piles of earth into the sea, as a completely unnatural land mass the old fort has a strange air and mysterious feel mixing military architecture, nature and the passage of time all on one island’s battlements that were outdated upon completion.

If you don’t think that’s enough to fill up one day, then you could always pay a visit to Muiderslot, a medieval castle that is one of the country’s best preserved fortresses from the Dark Ages.

The ferry between mainland and Fort Pampus runs three times a day between July and August, so now is the season to go, the island caters for lunches and group tours.

To get to Holland in order to visit Fort Pampus now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, P&O ferries can get you to the Netherlands via it’s Hull to Rotterdam service

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