Castletown D-Day Centre

Castletown D-Day Centre, Isle of Portland: Hours, Address, Castletown D-Day Centre Reviews: 5/5

Castletown D-Day Centre
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Military Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
The Castletown D-Day Centre is a family friendly, interactive WWII museum that tells the story of the thousands of US military personnel who in June 1944 sailed from Dorset to the beaches of Normandy.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Vicky F
3 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Nov 2021 • Family
We visited yesterday for my birthday with our children and it was ABSOLUTELY amazing. We love anything history, military/war and have visited many different museums but this has to be one of our favourites.From start to finish, we were guided by the workers who were filled with knowledge and so friendly and helpful. They made the experience so much fun and encouraged us to try using the equipment and letting us sit in the vehicles. It was so hands on and such a family friendly environment, lots of history and writing to read but lots of things to interact with for the children, who aren't so keen on the writing. We had so much fun, and arrived at opening time and didn't leave until it closed. I would highly recommend this for a day out.
Written November 7, 2021
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We're so glad your whole family enjoyed their visit Vicky and huge thanks for taking the time to leave this lovely review!
Written November 11, 2021
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williamsr19
Eastbourne, UK39 contributions
Fantastic Museum
Nov 2021 • Couples
This truly is a fantastic gem of a place to visit where you get a true appreciation of what those young soldiers and the people of Portland experienced going off to the D Day landings from Castletown to Omaha Beach in 1944.
There are oodles of hands on/ try out experiences and you will leave this museum with a much greater respect for those young men that never made it back from that dreadful offensive.
Fabulous place, absolutely loved it.
Written November 2, 2021
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Thank you so much for the fantastic review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to our museum :)
Written November 11, 2021
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alanjbarker
Newport, UK68 contributions
American history comes to life.
Oct 2021
A recent newcomer to the tourist scene, the D-Day Centre is a must. Rarely can you go to a venue where you can handle everything or climb in or on exhibits.

There are American vehicles of every kind, and re-creations of life at the time. Entering was certainly different. Having paid, we were presented with a bowl in which were slips of paper. On these were names and the guy said "I hope you survive." Did we? Around the Centre were pictures of soldiers and their accounts, some lived to tell their tale others did not.

This recreation of a busy wartime dockyard is a 'must see' with accounts of bravery in all its aspects. As a writer researching American soldiers in WW2 , I could experience first hand some of the scenes from by novella. involving a 'jimmy ' and a 'dodge' real wartime vehicles. I have to return.
Written October 31, 2021
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Thanks Alan, we're very happy that you enjoyed the hands-on, immersive nature of our museum. We hope to welcome you back again one day when you're next in the area.
Written November 11, 2021
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KezandMart
Rochester, UK53 contributions
Hands on experience
Sep 2021 • Couples
First of all the owner of the museum needs to thank the lady who works in Portland Castle for EnglishHeritage, who promoted the Castletown D-Day Museum, otherwise we would have missed out on the excellent experience. This is a hands on museum and tells the story of how Portland played it part in the war and the Americans that left on D-Day. Every inch of the place is filled with history.
Written October 29, 2021
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Many thanks for your review. We're very happy that you enjoyed your time with us & we'll be sure to pass on our thanks to the lovely staff at Portland Castle!
Written November 11, 2021
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Stuart
2 contributions
Brilliant exhibition
Oct 2021
Really worthwhile for a visit. I learned lot about the D Day landings that I had not seen anywhere else.
Written October 28, 2021
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So glad you enjoyed your visit - thank you!
Written November 11, 2021
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peterbaker40
Horsham, UK306 contributions
Informative interactive museum
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very informative interactive museum
Lots of memorabilia in a smallish space
Takes half hour or so to go round
Make sure you read the information as it moving and thought provoking
Parking nearby
Food and drink close by
Written October 24, 2021
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Many thanks Peter for your review. We're very happy that you enjoyed your time with us!
Written November 11, 2021
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Kim’s kitchen
London, UK81 contributions
Brilliant
Oct 2021
They had so many things to see in what appeared to be a small space from outside. It was like a Tardis. Loads of interesting things to see and much to learn. Loved it.
Written October 18, 2021
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Thanks very much for the positive review - we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 11, 2021
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Laura
Weymouth, UK7 contributions
BEST MUSEUM EVER
Sep 2021 • Couples
Best museum ever! Where else can you go where you can pick up guns, operate a bofor gun, climb in all the vehicles, dress up AND climb inside a tank! A real immersive experience.
Written October 16, 2021
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Thank you so much for the fantastic review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the hands-on nature of our museum!
Written November 11, 2021
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TheInformedTraveller
Warminster, UK352 contributions
Extraordinarily good museum
Sep 2021
Small museums always seem to be the best! This is not a "small" museum as it has plenty of exhibits, but they are almost all hands on exhibits that effectively tell the story of Portland during WW2.
The museum opens up history that many are now forgetting - how local involvement in the war helped shape the outcomes. As the name says, it focusses on the Americans and D-Day, but there are sections looking at other aspects of Portland's role in the war.
Bring the kids they will have fun. Better still bring the grandparents as they will have even more fun!
Written October 13, 2021
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Thanks so much for the positive review - we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you feel that it's a great place for people of all ages!
Written November 11, 2021
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Cumbrianhomeandaway
Wigton, UK241 contributions
Great way to spend a couple of hours and educating too!
Sep 2021
We found this only by chance and were pleased we did. Dedicated to those who went across the Channel on D Day, especially the Americans, and, pleasingly also to the men and women of the Isle of Portland and surrounding areas who gave so much to support the war effort, it is an eclectic mix of memories.
The great thing is that you can touch and are encouraged to touch so many artefacts from the period. My wife was amazed at the weight of the equipment the D Day army carried!
It also doesn't gloss over the negative side, the deaths that occurred in those few hours of the morning of 6th June 1944 and Operation Neptune, stories that need to be told and not forgotten.
Add to all this, wonderful volunteers in uniform, who added colour and lots of information to the visit.
Written October 12, 2021
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We're very happy that you enjoyed the hands-on, immersive nature of our museum. We're also delighted that you found our volunteers so knowledgeable and welcoming. We're so lucky to have such fabulous volunteers! Thank you so much for the glowing review. We hope to welcome you back again one day when you're next in the area.
Written November 11, 2021
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Castletown D-Day Centre is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM