Sandsfoot Castle

Sandsfoot Castle was completed in about 1539, on the order of King Henry VIII, to provide in conjunction with Portland Castle a defence for shipping in the safe anchorage of ‘Portland Roads’ (Portland Harbour). By the end of the 17th century it was becoming a ruin, its proud gun floors fallen into the sea as the cliffs below crumbled under wave and tide. Since then, much of the facing stone has been removed and used in other structures, including the foundations of Weymouth's Town Bridge. In 1930 the castle was declared unsafe and closed to the public. In 2012 Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of Rodwell Trail & Sandsfoot Castle, re-opened the castle to the public.

Venue

Venue address
Sandsfoot Castle
Old Castle Road
Weymouth
Dorset
Postcode
DT4 8QG
Locality
Weymouth & Portland

Other information

Availability
Weekend
All year
Weekday
Daytime
Term Time
School Holidays
Additional Information

Sandsfoot Castle has been listed by English Heritage and is Weymouth’s only Scheduled Monument. The castle is open all year round and is free to enter. Children should not be left unsupervised.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible
Partly wheelchair accessible.
Parking availability information
On-street parking.
Toilet facility information
The cafe provides toilet facilities to its customers.

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Address: Sandsfoot Castle  Old Castle Road  Weymouth  Dorset