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.
Museum, Castle or defences
1 May - 30 September
2 weeks at Easter and Autumn Half Term (please ring to confirm dates and times)
Sundays and most bank holidays (please ring to confirm dates and times)
Please check Nothe Fort website for dates and times of the many courtyard events.
Up to 4 children FREE with parents
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.
Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War