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Portland Castle

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Address: Portland Castle Liberty Road | West Kennet Avenue, DT5 1AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1305 820539
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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My first visit here was for a wedding,, I never get bored of seeing this site, the rooms or listening to the stories.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Arron A
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This not a castle, it's a fort built by Henry VIII, to guard the port. It's well worth a visit, especially if you are a member of English Heritage. However, don't plan to dine here as its tea rooms are very uninspiring, as are their food offerings.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My first visit here was for a wedding,, I never get bored of seeing this site, the rooms or listening to the stories.

Thank Arron A
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249 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I travelled to this to this attraction whilst being on holiday. Basically the Castle is located in Portland. There has been a lot of development either side of the link from the mainland to Portland and unfortunately the castle remains the only historic site remaining despite a rich history the area has. It is not really a castle; it is... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a short visit here, the castle is small but the displays informative and there are plenty of activities to keep children entertained. There is an audio tour, but we managed fine without.

Thank ASR512
Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited the castle twice. Once for the tour and another for lunch in the tea room. Interesting and worth the visit.

Thank FlyFisher1191
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband wanted to go here because he enjoys history. It was ok, just a tad small and quick to go around. My son and I got a bit bored to be honest. The only bit I didn't like was the walk along the turret. I don't like heights at the best of times but the floor steeped downwards and... More 

Thank Freddie R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love castles and forts and this was not disappointing but relies on using the audio tour facility. This was very good and provided excellent background, history, context, detail etc that was not otherwise available. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Alan A
Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for a visit. Free to English heritage members. Interesting history & audio commentary if wanted. Great scenery from Windows. Great little cafe, & free parking

Thank chocmw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being an English Heritage member this was essentially a free day out for my wife and I and 6 accompanying children (Was less than a fiver to get my mother in law in with us as she is a non member) There was no hard sell to get people to sign up as members that you can get at EH... More 

Thank Stuart R
Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this castle,which now belongs to English Heritage, on a lovely warm day in July. It isn't a castle at all but is a defensive fort built in Henry VIII's time to defend that part of our coastline. The fort was built as part of a pair, but the other fort has long since decayed. In each of the... More 

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