Things to do at Portland Castle review
Portland Castle is located in Castletown, Dorset. It is maintained by English Heritage and it was originally built by King Henry VIII to defend England in the mid 16th century. The fan-shaped castle was built from Portland stone and has a curved central tower and a gun battery.
The castle overlooks Portland harbour and there are some stunning sea views from the gun platforms. There are outfits for the kids to try on in the Armoury plus you can have a go at glass design or enjoy a Tudor game. You can visit a Tudor kitchen and see displays of food and find out how they stored their produce. You can handle the replica kitchen utensils and life up the lids of the storage vessels on show.
There is a wall walk where you can really benefit from the far-reaching views out to sea. The once covered gun room is now open to the public.
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FAQ and Further Information Portland Castle
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Castle with views out to sea, including a wall walk. gun platforms, child-friendly activities and more. There are toilets and a tearoom.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £9.00 without donation, children 5-17 £5.40. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking for about 30 cars 100 metres from the entrance.
When are they open?
Portland Castle is open for most of the Spring and summer, they are closed for most of autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on leads are welcome outside in the ruined areas, gardens and grounds only.
Are they accessible?