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Owned by the National Trust, Brean Down Fort owes its long history to its prominent position. A settlement is recorded as far back as the Early to Middle Bronze Age. The current buildings are 1860s as it was one of the Palmerston Forts built to protect the ports of the Bristol Channel. It wasrearmed during World War II. Brean Down offers great views across the Bristol Channel to Steep Holm and Flat Holm islands and Wales as well as inland over the Levels.