Portland Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Portland Castle

  • Isle Of Portland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Tourist Attractions, Castles and Palaces

Attraction Currently Closed

Some English Heritage gardens and historic sites have begun a phased reopening following the Coronavirus pandemic, allowing families to visit in line with the latest government guidelines. Visits MUST be booked in advance for a specific time slot to help manage visitor numbers. For more information about which locations are open, and to book tickets, please visit the English Heritage website.

Don't worry - you can find lots more great days out in Isle Of Portland, or you can browse days out all over the UK here.

Attraction Information

The history of this fortress overlooking Portland harbour is fascinating and diverse. Enjoy some stunning sea views from the historic gun platforms and get up close to the powerful cannons!

Take a stroll in their Contemporary Heritage Gardens before relaxing with refreshments in the Captain's Tearoom. There's also a Discovery Pack available to help kids fully explore the Herb Garden and Tudor kitchen plus a dress up box with period guards' garb to try on!

Built by Henry VIII to defend the anchorage against potential French or Spanish invasion, the fortress's squat appearance is typical of the artillery designs of the 1540s. Unusually for a fortress of this period however, the castle has seen much interior alteration, though the exterior remains largely unchanged - an interesting comparative experience for those of school age who are starting to know their historical stuff.

It first witnessed serious fighting during the Civil War, when it was seized by both Parliamentarians and Royalists, so there are some interesting stories associated with the place which you can get to fully appreciate using their audio tour, which actually covers everything from the Tudors to the Second World War!

Plus, the whole thing is only 4 miles from Weymouth so there are beaches and loads of other fun things to visit within a relative stone's throw of you. Why not hit the listings and expand your family day out even further?

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Opening hours

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General Admission
Adults from £6.30
Kids (5-17) from £3.80
Concessions from £5.70
Family (2 adults, 3 kids) from £16.40

Travel & Contact Information


Castletown, Isle Of Portland, Dorset, DT5 1AZ, England

Phone number

01305 820539



Click here to visit Portland Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Portland Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Portland Castle has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Portland Castle is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Portland Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Portland Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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