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Portland Castle

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Tel. 01305 820 539

Postcode DT5 1AZ

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Portland Castle lies in the small village of Castletown; on the Isle of Portland. The semi-circular Castle, one of the Device Forts, was built here to defend Weymouth against attack. The Castle was built in about 1540, of the very fine Portland Stone known as Ashlar stone. It remains in excellent condition.
A local story relates to its capture by Royalists during the English Civil War. It relates how a Royalist captain managed to capture the fort by splitting his men into two groups, giving one half Parlimentarian uniforms to wear and getting the other group to chase them down the beach. The Castle's defenders opened the gates to let in what they thought were their colleagues, the act effectively surrendering the Castle.

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 individual visitors alike, and only 4 miles from Weymouth, this historic adventure can easily be combined with some more contemporary seaside fun. See the Tudor kitchen and step inside the Great Hall to come face to face with King Henry himself. 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 hot and cold refreshments.

Liberty Road, Castletown, Dorset. DT5 1AZ

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