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Sandsfoot Castle Cove

Sandsfoot Castle Cove beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
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The beach at Sandsfoot Castle Cove lies about 100 yards to the east of Sandsfoot Castle within Portland Harbour near the suburb of Southlands.

The Castle was built in 1539 during the reign of Henry VIII and worked in partnership with Portland Castle to protect this vital harbour.

Over the years however the Castle fell into disrepair and is now little more than a shell. A grant from The Lottery Heritage Fund in 2010 saw major improvements to the Castle with walkways and creative lighting installed to to make the ruins more accessible.

The Castle is backed by the very picturesque Tudor gardens and recently a café has been built in the gardens making the Cove and Castle a 'must see' if staying locally.

Castle Cove itself is a small privately owned sandy beach backed by low cliffs and sloping gently into Portland Harbour. East-facing the beach is very peaceful and popular with locals and visitors alike.

Access is from the end of Old Castle Road. Parking on the roadside is available but to ensure your space be sure to arrive early.


 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Seasonal dog ban

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport

OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Poundbury, Lulworth, Dorchester and Bere Regis.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Weymouth, Dorchester, Bere Regis and Bridport.

Nearby Attractions




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