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Portland Castle

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Address: Liberty Road, DT5 1AZ, England

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Compact but fascinating

Lovely spot, just by Portland Harbour. Not too pricey and a good way of sampling a little history in a couple of hours on a sunny day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Lovely spot, just by Portland Harbour. Not too pricey and a good way of sampling a little history in a couple of hours on a sunny day.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This Castle is small but if you follow the commentary it is very informative and the props in the Castle are fun too, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The gardens are peaceful though not very big and the view to the sea is lovely.

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Weather was fantastic. Castle is very interesting but quite small so visit had to be extended by a stop I the peaceful garden bathed in sunshine and then a visit to the tea shop.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Originally built as an artillery fort by Henry 8th over looking Weymouth Bay. Not very big but worth a visit. This is an English Heritage property, small charge for non members. Plenty of free parking space on site. Castle is opposite the coast guard station, where you might see the coast guard helicopter taking off or landing. Plenty of Ramparts... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a brilliant place to visit....we went as a couple, but children would love it. It's an English Heritage place, with a small charge if not a member. It is one of Henry viii's finest coastal fortresses. You can picture the roaring fires in the huge fireplaces. The cannons are trained out onto the sea, just ready for those... More 

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Surrey, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I had been to Portland Castle many years ago when the children were small, and remember it as a bustling, interesting place. Maybe it's very different on a damp and squally April day. It seemed smaller than I remembered! I was looking forward to seeing the new garden, but this too was bleak. Perhaps I should return in the summer......

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Bromley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I had driven past a few times, but finally came at a time it was open! (I holiday at times!) The castle is quite small, but there is a lot to see. The entrance is in the Captain's house, complete with a shop, and a café. The castle itself is clearly very old, with very thick walls, but there is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Small castle, with a little bit of outside space - a nice distraction for the children (6 and 4 years), for an hour and a half. Pretty sparse inside, with one or two exhibits per room, which means that attention is directed to a small noumber of things which was good (although if it had been bisuer it might have... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I have lived and worked on the Isle of Portland for a while, but only recently discovered that it has a castle. Of course, I was aware of the history of Portland - I work in one of the more historic places there - but the castle can be easily missed, if you are not looking for it. The day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Really interesting and informative visit to somewhere I had never heard of! We also used the headset commentary which was really interesting to go round and see how it all worked. The tea rooms were nice too!

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