Back in the reign of Henry VIII, when the shores of Weymouth and Portland were prime pickings for invasion by the French and Spanish, the coastal fort of Portland Castle was built to ward off unwanted visitors.
Over the course of its 450-year history, the Castle has been a focal point in global security events like the First and Second World Wars, standing stoic in the face of danger. Visitors today can explore the gun platforms and powerful cannons as they watch for “smugglers” and “pirates” in the bay beyond.
Take a stroll around the peaceful and contemporary heritage garden before raiding some locally-made cakes, sandwiches and snacks in the Captain’s Tearoom. If you want an even greater insight into Portland Castle’s colourful history, a fascinating audio tour is included in the admission price.