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Portland Castle in Dorset

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Overlooking Portland Harbour, Portland Castle was built by Henry V111 to defend Weymouth against invasion by the French or Spanish. Its history is fascinating and unusally for a fortress of this period it has survived largely unaltered. It was seized by both Parliamentarians and Royalists during the civil war.

During world war 1 it was a sea plane station and was at the forefront on the D Day preperations in World War 2.

The Governor's Garden, part of the contemporary Heritage Garden series contains a circular amphitheatre made from Portland stone with seating for 200 people.

Portland Castle is accessible to all and there are audio tours, a touch tour for the visually impaired. Even Henry v111 can be found in the Great Hall!

There is also a tea room for light lunches and a cup of tea.

Contact details

Click to visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/portlandwww.english-heritage.org.uk/portland

telephone: 01305 820539
address:  Portland
Dorset
DT5 1AZ

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Opening Times

1 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Notes
Last admission half an hour before closing. Parts of the castle may be closed if an event is booked. Captain's House Tearoom closes half an hour before the castle. Audio tours available.
Holiday opening times for this period
Good Friday
18 Apr 2014 10:00 - 18:00
Easter Sunday
20 Apr 2014 10:00 - 18:00
Easter Monday
21 Apr 2014 10:00 - 18:00
Early May Bank Holiday
5 May 2014 10:00 - 18:00
Spring Bank Holiday
26 May 2014 10:00 - 18:00
Summer Bank Holiday
25 Aug 2014 10:00 - 18:00
1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Notes
Last admission half an hour before closing. Parts of the castle may be closed if an event is booked. Captain's House Tearoom closes half an hour before the castle. Audio tours available.
3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
Closed
30 March 2015 onwards

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Prices

Adult 4.90
Child (5-15 years) 2.90
Concession 4.40
Family (2 Adults, 3 children) 12.70

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