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Historical Trail

Approaching its 20th anniversary, we are currently closed for a major renovation and upgrading of facilities, in order to bring visitors a brand new experience. The new permanent exhibition, to be enriched with new topics, will adopt the latest display methods to narrate the history of Hong Kong's coastal defences and military affairs. We will also revamp the display along the Historical Trail for a more dynamic illustration. During the closure, our outreach programmes will be held as usual in order to continue providing quality service to the general public.  For more details, please visit our website.

Photo of Architectural Features

Historical Trail6 Inch BL Disappearing Guns 6 Inch BL Disappearing GunsAmmunition StoresNorth CaponierSouth CaponierDitchCentral BatteryRuined StructureWest CaponierWest BatteryWater Tank and Oil StoreThe Brennan Torpedo StationLei Yue Mun Pass BatteryThe Gunpowder FactoryMilitary Vehicle and Gun Display Area

The strategic importance of Lei Yue Mun, as the entrance to the inner harbour of Hong Kong, is obvious. The construction of defence installations was considered in the 1880s to protect Hong Kong from possible threats posed by Russia and France. A redoubt, several batteries, underground magazines and a torpedo station were then built. Lei Yue Mun at this time was considered virtually invulnerable to attack. However, by the First World War, the defensive importance of Lei Yue Mun had declined considerably as a result of the installation of the powerful 9.2 inch breech loading guns at Devil's Peak covering a greater range on the eastern sea approach. These military remains have been restored as a Historical Trail where visitors could appreciate these historical remains and picture the military strength of Lei Yue Mun Fort a hundred years ago.