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, where the visit is self-led. 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.


Where the booking is for a guided tour (currently only permitted in external spaces at our properties), this must not be any larger than 30 people, including the guide. People within that tour will still need to separate into their household/support bubbles or party of 6 and maintain 2m from others who are not in the same household/support bubble.

It is now a legal requirement for all tourism and hospitality businesses to capture the name and number of the ‘lead member’ of each sub-group (of up to 6 people unless from one household / support bubble) within a larger group booking for NHS Test and Trace purposes. Each of our properties will be displaying an NHS Test and Trace QR code, which your customers may also use. Contact details collected from your booking will be used to fulfil our obligation to support NHS Test and Trace. You can find out more about this here.

We’ve introduced new measures for everyone’s safety across all our properties. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring where history happened, and you’ll still be given a warm welcome by our friendly staff and volunteers. For information on what may have changed at this property check the property homepage.


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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