Target Sports Centre Ltd. 

Visitor Information

About The Tunnel

The Tunnel opened in 1831 and operated as a road tunnel until the A35 was rerouted to the new Charmouth bypass completed in 1990. The tunnel is 66m long and 6m wide, and avoided what was reputedly the steepest section of road between Exeter and London at the time. It was derelict for a number of years until the present owner purchased it in 2004. Work began on the Grade 2 Listed structure in 2009 and finished in 2010 when it was opened it its present capacity as a shooting centre. The Tunnel currently houses two rifle ranges, an armoury, cafe, and classrooms. In 2012 our 100m fullbore range was completed, built on a section of disused road behind The Tunnel. The building currently houses the range, as well as our on-site gun shop and more classroom space.

Opening Times

 

Monday        10am - 5pm

Tuesday        10am - 9pm

Wednesday  10am - 9pm

Thursday      10am - 9pm

Friday           CLOSED

Saturday       9am - 5pm

Sunday         10am - 2pm

Advance booking is required for all shooting and range use

Getting here and parking

  • Please see this link for our location on Google Maps

  • The Tunnel is located on the A35, approximately 2km north of Charmouth, West Dorset

  • There is ample free parking in front of The Tunnel, and an overflow car park is located on top of The Tunnel, approximately 100m past the front gate 

  • The closest train station is Axminster Station

Accessibility

Our 25m rifle range, where we shoot our Option 1, Option 2, and WWII Smallbore rifle experiences is fully wheelchair accessible, and all shooting can be conducted from a seating position. 

Our 100m rifle range, where we shoot our Option 3 Sniper Rifle, and Option 4 WWII experiences is accessible after three small steps.

Costs and Fees

For the cost of our all-inclusive Shooting Experiences, please see our Shooting Experiences page. These can also be purchased as gift vouchers.

If you have your own rifle and would like to hire the range privately, the rates are as follows.

25m and 35m small-bore ranges: £15 per hour (£7.50 for juniors)

100m full-bore range: £25 per hour (£15 for juniors)

Shooters accompanying members of the Tunnel Target Sports Club or West Dorset Rifle and Pistol Club are entitled to reduced rates for range hire.

Club Membership

A number of clubs make use of the Target Sports Centre.  The clubs are separate organisations from the Target Sports Centre Ltd.

The Tunnel Target Sports Club is a miniature rifle club, using .22RF rifles. The club now has an active membership of over 500 people, one of the largest in the South West, with regular competitions, two club nights per week, and several members progressing to international level shooting.

The West Dorset Rifle & Pistol Club is a Home Office Approved club with members shooting full bore rifles, small bore rifles and muzzle loading pistols.  The club regularly shoots at Bisley.  Members participate in CSR, F Class and McQueens. The club is the full bore club that makes most use of the ranges at the Target Sports Centre, and is open to new applications for membership.

Please see our membership page for details.

 
 
 
 

Target Sports Centre, The Tunnel, Axminster Road, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6BY      I      01297 560049      I      info@thetunnel.co.uk

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