Portland Castle


Facilities at Portland Castle

  • Parking


    Parking charges apply to non-members. Parking free for members. The car park is located 10 meters from the front entrance and has 40 spaces and 10 disabled bays. Disabled parking is 30 meters from entrance with a level tarmac path to the castle. There is no road to cross when walking from the car park to the site entrance.

    Please note: Parking for coaches is only available in nearby, off-site car parks. There is an additional pay and display car park located on Chiswell Beach, roughly 5 minutes walk from the site.


  • Food And Drink


    The Captain's Tearoom (open 10am - 4.30pm and 10am - 5pm in July and August) serves a mouth watering selection of hot and cold refreshments, including cream teas, home made scones, soups, sandwiches and fresh coffee. The on site gift shop also sells a range of ice-creams.

    The tearoom offers good quality home produce and locally sourced ingredients.

  • Picnic Area

    You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. Picnic benches are situated between the site entrance and the Captain's House, and there is a grass lawn next to the castle that offers excellent views of the grounds.
  • Shop

    The gift shop sells a wide range of English Heritage souvenirs and gifts, including books, confectionery, magnets, postcards and Tudor and Royal themed items. The gift shop is located inside the Captain's House, and is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Toilets

    There are separate male, female and disabled toilets, including baby changing facilities.
  • Gardens

    The Governor's Garden contains an impressive circular amphitheatre made from local Portland stone, with two level seating for about 200 people. This perfectly sheltered spot is a great place to enjoy the dramatic sea and harbour views.
  • Audio Tours

    The free audio tour tells of the castle’s 450 year history and the part it played in the First and Second World Wars (40 minute duration).
  • Family Friendly


    Baby Changing Facilities

    There are separate male, female and disabled toilets, including baby changing facilities.

    Bottle / Food Warming


    Child Sized Portions


    High Chairs

    One highchair is available for use on the site.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    There isn't a formal adventure playground, however, there is plenty of room for children to run and play in our large open areas. Please note ball games are not allowed.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    Yes, however visitors may have some difficulty getting pushchairs to the upper level of the castle (although they can be left in the entrance to the Captain's House or in the alcoves on the ground floor of the castle if this should be the case).

    Sling Loan


    Toy / Dressing Up Box

    Children can have fun dressing up in outfits that would have been worn by the castle guards.
  • International


    Foreign Language Audio Tours

    The audio tour is only available to listen to in English, however visitors can also request scripts in French and German.
  • Commercial Photograph And Filming

    English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook. We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted. We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts. English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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Portland Castle

Liberty Road, Castletown, Dorset, DT5 1AZ
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