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03 Mar
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30 Jun
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01 Jul
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31 Aug
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18:00
01 Sep
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30 Sep
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31 Oct
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16:00
01 Nov
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31 Mar
Closed
Last admission 30 mins before closing
Adult
£4.00
Concessions
£3.20
Children
£2.00
English Heritage Members: Free

English Heritage

Customer Services Department

Freepost WD214

PO Box 569

Swindon SN2 2UR

This coastal "device fort" was built by Henry VIII in 1539 to defend the Portland's natural anchorage, known as the 'Portland Roads'. The castle is situated in the far north of Portland in a village now called Castletown. The castle is run by English Heritage who "exist to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood".

The castle was built to provide protection against any invading forces landing in the vulnerable harbour, jointly with Sandsfoot Castle. Historically it has played a role in repelling the Spanish Armada, other encounters with the Spanish Fleet, the English Civil War and the Anglo-Dutch war.

The naval Battle Of Portland took place 28th February - 2nd March 1653 during the Anglo-Dutch war.

Gardens:- The 'Governor's Garden' was designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole and contains an impressive circular amphitheatre made from local Portland stone. Seating for around 200 people.

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Disability Access:  Steep uneven slopes. Steps & sudden drops.

Contact Information:

Telephone: (01305) 820 539

Address For Enquiries:

E-Mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk


Further Information:

Visit the castle’s website:   english-heritage.org.uk

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