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Built 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...
The 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 best attractions.
Inside 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 the wars.
All 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.
Once 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.
The 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.
The Nothe is just a short walk from the harbourside and directions can be found from Brewers Quay.
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 5.30PM.
Entry Prices: £5.00 Adult (Senior Citizen £4.00, Children £1.00. Family tickets available.).
Average Review Rating: Four Stars
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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"