Nothe Fort & Gardens
Road , Weymouth, Dorset [Click
Phone: +44 1305 766626
Opening Hours: 1st May to
30th September, 10.30AM to 5.30PM, Autumn half term, 11.00AM to
Adult (Senior Citizen £4.00, Children £1.00. Family
Review Rating: Four
recommend contacting the venue for up to date information on opening
hours and entry prices. We wouldn't want you to be disappointed!
between 1860 and 1872 as part of the defences for a new naval base
in Portland, it's been lovingly restored to give you a feel of what
it would be like to be there at the time of the wars. All this is
set around the amazing nothe gardens...
fort was constructed by the Royal Engineers to house a 12 gun battery
of cannons. After is was sold to the borough council in 1961 it
was restored by the Weymouth Civic Society. Today it attracts some
50,000 to 70,000 visitors each year, making it one of Weymouth's
the fort you can see over thirty large displays, including 150 life
sized dummy figures and a large amount of models. It's all used
to show the history of the fort and the role of local people during
of this is brought to life with live re-enactments happening in
the courtyard. The courtyard is also occasionally home to music
events in the summer.
you have finished walking round the castle, there are places for
you to get food and a cup of tea. For the children, there is a 'great
mouse trail' where children have to find as many mice as they can,
and then they receive a certificate when they leave.
nothe fort is set at the end of a headland. Around the surrounding
area is the nothe gardens. Surrounded by the sea this is one of
the most tranquil places of Weymouth. It's perfect to have a picnic
and watch the sunrise over Weymouth. Keep an eye out for the squirrels
that run about the trees in the area.
Nothe is just a short walk from the harbourside and directions can
be found from Brewers Quay.
opinions about the Nothe Fort
George - 4/10/05
"The Nothe Gardens have spectacular views of the both Portland
Harbour and Weymouth Beach. I'd highly recommend going up there
on nights where the fireworks are on, you get such a great view
of it all. I didnt get a chance to visit the fort, but it looked
impressive from the outside"
Peter - 24/8/05
"I took the kids to the fort today and they loved every minute
of it. There are so many things to look at, and they all give you
the feeling that you have gone back in time. I think they now realise
what it was like to be around in the wars"
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