Nothe Fort - The Museum of Coastal Defence in Dorset
This page is about Nothe Fort - The Museum of Coastal Defence in Weymouth, Dorset
The Fort is built at the Nothe peninsula which forms one side of Weymouth Harbour and over looks Portland Harbour to the south.
The panoramic views of the Dorset coast from the ramparts of the Fort are breathtaking. Between the Fort and the town are the Nothe Gardens, a popular landscaped park.
The fort consists of 3 levels built in the shape of a horseshoe, every nother one of the 26 vaulted rooms was built with gun ports to home very big cannons.
Below the gunfloor is a maze of passages and tunnels above are the ramparts with sites for more moderm guns and observation posts.
The entrance tunnel leads into the courtyard. The Nothe Fort has been regesitered as a museum by the Museum Archives and Libraries Council. It has many items relating to Coastal Defence.
The history and defence of Portland Harbour
The life of the garrison soldier 1860 - 1960
The experiences of civilians in Weymouth in World War 2.
The evolution of underwater weapons especially torpedoes in Portland Harbour
There are lively and interesting displays telling the story of the Fort,with models, photographs and items from the collection many of the models accompanied by sound.