Portland Castle

Things To See and Do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

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  • How are you keeping us safe?

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

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Family Playtime

Become a Tudor soldier or Royalist Gunner when you try on the outfits and armour in the Armoury. Or challenge the family to a game of Shove Groats or Nine Men's Morris to experience evening entertainment Tudor style.

You can also make your own heraldic glass design using the replica pieces based on those discovered in the Captain's Chamber. Great family fun for all.

The Tudor Kitchen

Visit the kitchen with its displays of food to see how staff would have prepared and cooked food for the troops based at the castle. Find out how they stored the produce to keep it fresh and see the large fireplace where the meals would have been cooked. Handle the replica kitchen utensils and lift up the lids of the storage vessels on show.

Enjoy the Views

Step outside to the uper gun platform and walk along the wall walk to enjoy far reaching views out to sea. You can see the 19th century breakwater, which offers shelter to small craft as well as the fortifications protecting the harbour. Out to sea are two concrete Pheonix Cassions dating from the D-Day preparations of 1944.

The Gun Room

Now open to the sky but once covered with a roof to provide an additional upper gun platform, this room still houses five guns casemates. Guns were fired through ports and you can see one with a shutter to use when not in use. Today there is a mix of guns to discover and the remains of a fireplace used by the garrison.

Meet the Governor

As well as housing military troops throughout the centuries, the castle has been home to a number of well known Governors including Sir Walter Raleigh. Find out how this explorer came to reside at the castle in the Captain's Chamber and look for the 16th century inscription which was found here. Next door is the latrine where a flushing toilet was installed in later years.

Portland at War

A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle was captured and held siege by Parliamentarian forces in 1643. A Garrison remained at the castle for many years after this and later it served as an ordnance store for seaplanes on anti-submarine patrols in the First World War. During WWII, it was used as a training base for combined operations including exercises for the D-Day landings. Find out more in the guide book.

The Captain's Tearoom

Once you have explored the castle, enjoy a selection of light lunches including freshly made sandwiches, soups and refreshing drinks. Indulge in a choice of lovely cakes or cream tea with home-made scones, fruity jam and delicious clotted cream.

Or you could relax with a steaming latte in the sheltered courtyard with lovely views across to the Contemporary Heritage Garden.

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