Portland Castle

One of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts

Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion.

Today it provides a great day out for visitors and its audio tour, included in the admission price, tells of the castle’s 450 year history and the part it played in the First and Second World Wars. Portland Castle offers lots to do for families and couples alike, and only four miles from Weymouth, this historic adventure can easily be combined with some more contemporary seaside fun.

Enjoy stunning sea views from the gun platforms, and get close to the powerful cannons. Take a stroll in the Contemporary Heritage Garden before relaxing in the Captain’s Tearoom, which serves a mouth-watering selection of locally made cakes, sandwiches and snacks.

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It's a one hour drive from Bournemouth to Portland Castle.

Things to See and Do

  •     Uniforms at Portland Castle
  •     Family Playtime
  •     Tudor Kitchen at Portland Castle
  •     The Tudor Kitchen
  •     Sea View
  •     Enjoy the Views
  •     Gun deck
  •     The Gun Room
  •     Captains Quarters
  •     Meet the Governor
  •     Cannon
  •     Portland at War
  •     Cream Tea
  •     The Captain's Tearoom
  •     Relax in the Garden


  • Liberty Road
  • Castletown
  • Dorset
  • DT5 1AZ