Portland Castles

Portland Castle is one of the Device Forts, also known as Henrician Castles, built in 1539 by Henry VIII on the Isle of Portland to guard the natural Portland anchorage known as the Portland Roads. The castle lies just 2 minutes walk away from us at the Roal Breakwater Hotel. The castle is now under the care of English Heritage.

Portland Castle has a low profile offering less of a target, with a traditional rounded wall facing the sea, designed to deflect incoming ordnance. The land side was moated. The only combat Portland Castle saw was between 1642-1649 during the English Civil War.

Rufus Castle, also known as Bow and Arrow Castle, is a ruined castle overlooking Church Ope Cove. The castle is a Grade I listed building, dating from the late 15th century, on the site of an evenearlier building. Remains include parts of the keep, outer bailey, sections of wall with gun ports and a 19th century round-arched bridge across Church Ope Road.

Where to go

For Portland Castle please visit the English Heritage website.

For those wanting to visit Rufus Castle please talk to any of our staff who will be happy to point you in the right direction.