Nothe Fort

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The Nothe Fort, a grade II* listed scheduled ancient monument, comprises over 70 rooms on three levels (Ramparts, Courtyard and Magazines). It was built between 1860 and 1872 as part of the defences of the new naval base at Portland and was designed and constructed by the Royal Engineers for a 12-gun battery of massive cannons. Sold in 1961 to the local Borough Council it has been restored and opened to the public by Weymouth Civic Society. The Fort attracts between 50,000 and 70,000 visitors a year.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Winter Opening: Sundays only from 15th February to 22nd March 1100-1630.
Spring & Summer Opening: Open daily from 28th March to 30th September 1030-1730.
Autumn & Winter Opening: Sundays only from 4th October - 13th December and Half Term Daily from 24th October to 1st November 1100-1630.

Admission charges

Adult £8
Senior Citizen £7
Children under 5 FREE
Children 5 to 15 (Inclusive) only £1
Family Tickets 2 Adults + 2 Children £17
1 Adult + 2 Children £9
Groups (10 or more) £6.50

Getting there

For satellite navigation our postcode is DT4 8UF

Additional info

Enjoy the stunning and far reaching views of the Jurassic Coast from the picnic areas on the Ramparts. These will provide one of the best vantage points on the south coast.

Our Gift shop aims to provide an interesting range of products designed to suit all members of the family, from souvenirs, books, toys and games. We also have a range of locally produced preserves, drinks and biscuits.

Come and enjoy our recently refurbished café and restaurant facility. Now under new management and serving a fine selection of hot and cold meals using fresh and locally sourced produce.

We also offer a wide range of educational activities for schools & colleges as well as corporate hospitality, public events and private function hire all year round.

The collection illustrates Victorian and WW2 life in a military garrison, history as seen from the Nothe headland, and the part played by the people of Weymouth in the Second World War. The collection is particularly strong in military uniforms, rifles, equipment, cap badges and general WW2 militaria. There is also an important collection of historic torpedos reflecting the development of underwater weapons in Portland Harbour.

Collection details

Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War

Getting there

For satellite navigation our postcode is DT4 8UF

Nothe Fort
Barrack Road




01305 766626

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