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“A very good trip; very child friendly, highly recommended.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portland Castle

Portland Castle
Liberty Road, DT5 1AZ, England
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“A very good trip; very child friendly, highly recommended.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This was a highly enjoyable trip, with lots to interest the whole family. We have three boys, aged nearly 2, 4 and 7 and each of them had lots of fun, which meant that their parents also had a good experience.
The attraction is quite small and does not have any pretensions; but you will find plenty to occupy a good 3 hours (longer if you stop for tea/picnic)
The castle is very atmospheric and gives you a good sense of the defences that were established in that part of the world under the reign of Henry VIII. The history is covered in sufficient detail through information boards and an audio guide to interest adult visitors, but is also displayed simply enough to interest younger visitors.
There are some excellent dressing up costumes for children to try on and a fun (and suitably noisy) interactive display about loading a gun, which sends an impressive bang reverberating throughout the castle. The children are further amused by some historical games within the castle and also in the garden outside.
All in all this was an excellent trip. It was a shame there were only about 3 other families there when we visited, but it did mean we had the run of the place. This trip went a long way to making up for the disappointment of the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester that had wasted our morning.

Visited September 2012
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Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Visited on a wet day just before the olympics made access difficult. A great visit, friendly staff, a good audio guide and a well presented site. Different to the usual castle visits, it being a tudor gun fort.

Visited July 2012
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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“great castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

This is the second time i have visited this and it is always a great afternoon out

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Portland Castle worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Interseting, good audio guide that comes with admission. Tea a little on the x'y side but otherwise well worth £4.70p if not a member of English heritage

Visited June 2012
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Great to visit this Castle when you've visited the lighthouse first. Very friendly staff. Tour was interesting and the shop surprisingly complete. History came to life here!

Visited July 2011
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