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Portland Castle

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Address: Liberty Road | West Kennet Avenue, DT5 1AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1305 820539
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Overlooking and defending Portland harbour, this coastal artillery fortress...

Overlooking and defending Portland harbour, this coastal artillery fortress was built by Henry VIII to counter threats from France and Spain. It reatains its squat, rounded seaward form, designed to deflect incoming cannon shot. Discover the fort's ong and varied story through presentations, interactive exhibits and an audio tour. Be sure to visit the Tudor kitchen, armoury and gun decks. Or enjoy a picnic in the sheltered Contemporary Heritage Garden. Enjoy refreshments in Captain's House Tearoom. Child friendly and dog friendly.

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Interesting castle with exhibits showing the importance of our maritime history and in particular the importance of the Weymouth/Portland defences. The castle is generally in good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Knighton, United Kingdom
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Knighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting castle with exhibits showing the importance of our maritime history and in particular the importance of the Weymouth/Portland defences. The castle is generally in good condition, compared with its sister Sandsfoot Castle across Portland harbour, both of which covered the coast with cross fire. Great views across Portland harbour. Small cafe but OK.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been to Portland on numerous occasions but have never been in this lovely little castle. Took two grandchildren, 3 and 5, and they loved exploring it. They particularly liked loading the cannon and firing it (not a real one I hasten to add). Lovely, tranquil gardens too.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A much bigger place than you think with different levels, plenty of information but the place does seem rather empty - perhaps to make way for visitors who just weren't there on the day we visited. Gardens are most attractive

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Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots of interactive activities for younger generation very interesting features for older generation.

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England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, did not have time to go inside:( But had a quick walk around it. Lovely little each area. Calm, quiet and peaceful.

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid our admission fee, pushchair in tow (including a sleeping 15 month old) and I really wish we had been told at that point it would be extremely difficult getting the pushchair around. There are no lifts and quite steep and tight staircases. If we had known this previously we would have gone back another time when little one's... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't think this is really a castle. it was a small garrison/fortification used at various times throughout history. it had good displays about the various uses. It is quite small and pleasant to walk around. There are good views out over the sea. The gardens, which were initially made when it was used at one time as a private... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Portland castle is a place a visit for a walk often, it's very unusual and has a Tiny little beach, I think the locals call this "black forte". Beautiful gardens with tables to sit on for a picnic. It is not surrounded with tourists, more dog walkers and people taking a stroll.

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Portland Castle was built for Henry VIII in 1539 as an artillery fort to protect against invasion by France and Spain. It is well preserved and opened to the public in 1955 having served as a training base for the D Day landings in the second World War. The walls are very thick and each room has information boards and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Never a royal palace, Portland Castle was built in the 16th century to defend the country from potential invaders. At £5.90 admission for an adult it's very good value - especially if you have kids: there's a room where they can dress up as 17th century soldiers and simulate loading a musket and firing a cannon. There are good, informative... More 

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