Portland Castle

Group Visits to Portland Castle

We are now open to bookings from the Travel Trade at Portland Castle. Pre-booking is now essential to limit visitor numbers and ensure effective social distancing. Please don't travel to our sites unless you have pre-booked as we won't be able to let you in without your booking confirmation.

Booking Information

We provide great value with a 15% discount for groups of 11 or more visitors paying together. We also offer free entry for coach drivers and tour leaders.

There is no limit on the maximum group size. Please note that all groups must separate in to their household/support bubble or party of 6 on arrival and for the duration of their visit. Social distancing rules apply to anyone not in your household/support bubble.

Average length of visit - 2 1/2 hrs

To book your visit contact Portland Castle with the following information:

  • Name of property
  • Date of visit
  • Time of visit
  • Group name
  • Number of visitors
  • Number of leaders/drivers
  • Method of transport

Please include the name of the property and date of visit in the subject line.

test and trace

English Heritage is legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. If you are able to confirm you have your own contact collection system for every individual (including staff) aged 16 years and over ahead of your arrival your group will be able to bypass the check-in step on arrival outlined here. Otherwise any members of a group aged 16 years and over will be required to check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time.

Any group members who do not have the NHS Test and Trace app must be recorded by you as an attendee on your visit. These records (date, time of arrival, name, contact number or email or address if they don’t have a number) must be stored by you for 21 days, and must be made available to NHS Test and Trace if requested. We may ask you to verify that you have such a system in place, e.g. we may request your company policy or risk assessment.

By confirming your booking you are acknowledging that your group will either use the NHS QR code posters on arrival, or will use your own contact collection system.

For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.


Free parking for up to 3 coaches.


Please note we currently have limited ability to offer exclusive guided tours at our properties and cannot always guarantee availability at the point of booking. Group-led guiding is permitted in external spaces only at our properties. 

Introductory Talk
This short talk includes a brief historical overview of the castle and highlights particular points of interest, so that you can make the most of your visit.

Duration: Max 20 mins.

Price: Included in normal admission price

Minimum-maximum pax: 11-30

Advance booking required.

Call to book: 01305 820539.

Tour of Castle & Grounds 
A guided walk around Portland Castle and its Contemporary Heritage Garden with a member of our Visitor Operations Staff, who know the site like the back of their hand.

Duration: 40 minutes

Minimum-maximum pax: please contact site

Advance booking required.

Call for prices and to book: 01305 820539.

Spooky Tour of Castle
Let our experienced site staff guide you around one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts and its eventful past with a special focus on the strange and ghostly. During its 450 year history, it’s been used as a stronghold to fight off French Spanish invasion, in the Civil War, as a First World War seaplane station and played an important part in the Second World War. Get spooked by stories of real life experiences of our visitors and staff, as well as local tales passed down through the centuries. Will you smell the lavender lady, hear the mysterious footsteps or see the khaki uniformed man?

Duration: 40 mins approx.

Minimum-maximum pax: please contact site

Advance booking required.

Call for prices and to book: 01305 820539.



For support with building your itineraries or group travel enquiries, visit our dedicated Group Visits webpages.

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