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.

Don’t Miss

  • The free audio tour bringing history to life, from the Tudors to the Second World War
  • The stunning sea views from the gun platform
  • Exploring the ‘herb garden’ with our discovery pack
  • A visit to the Tudor kitchen, armoury and gun platforms
  • Delicious home-made cakes, sandwiches and drinks available in the Captain’s Tearoom