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Summer Madness: Fun at the Castle
PORTLAND Castle offers a historic adventure and a trip back in time for families this summer.
Overlooking Portland harbour stands one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion.
Today it provides a historic day out for visitors, and the audio tour included in the admission price tells the tale of the castle’s 450 year history and the part it played in WWI and WWII.
Portland Castle offers lots to do for families and individual visitors and can also be combined with some more contemporary seaside fun.
Visitors can enjoy stunning sea views from the gun platforms and get up close to the powerful cannons. They can also take a stroll in the Contemporary Heritage Garden before relaxing in the Captain’s tearoom, which serves a large selection of locally made cakes, sandwiches and snacks.
Families can enjoy the summer fun trail until September 1, which takes visitors on a trip around the castle and grounds completing the clues in order to solve the puzzle and claim a prize.
Visitors are urged not to miss out on exploring the herb garden with the castle’s discovery pack, a visit to the Tudor kitchen, armoury and gun platforms.
Portland Castle and the sheltered Governor’s Garden overlooking the sea was once part of a series of 16th century defensive buildings, called Device Forts, which ran from Kent to Cornwall.
In Georgian times Portland Castle was leased out as a private gentleman’s residence until it was taken back under Government control in 1870 as a place where senior military officers from the nearby Verne citadel might live.
Opening times are 10am to 6pm and the castle can be found on Liberty Road in Castletown.
For more information call 01305 820539.
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