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Sandsfoot Castle

Sandsfoot Castle

Sandsfoot Castle’s picturesque location by the sea, with the backdrop of Portland Harbour and the Isle of Portland itself beyond, makes for a perfect area to relax and admire some spectacular views. The gardens surrounding the castle have been lovingly cared for and there is an on-site café.

Sandsfoot Gardens

Almost 500 years ago in 1539, Sandsfoot Castle was constructed by order of King Henry VIII as a coastal defence mechanism for Weymouth and Portland. It consisted of two storeys and a basement, but since Portland Harbour’s protective breakwater wasn’t built until 1875, the castle was frequently damaged by the surrounding seas.
 
Efforts were made to repair the castle, but ultimately it was considered unsuitable for continued military service. It was used as a place for storage, but later abandoned, and has become an iconic ruin over the years.

Today the area is well-maintained by the local council, working closely with the Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle. The site is well worth a visit, being the ideal place to stop for a picnic or just to explore the gardens and castle ruins.

Sandsfoot Castle and gardens are just a couple of minutes away from two beaches and the Rodwell Trail which makes a for a great day out for all. This is why so many people often love visiting Sandsfoot.

How to get there

Sandsfoot Castle can be accessed from Old Castle Road in Weymouth and there is limited, free on-road parking upon arrival. Or, if on foot, it can be found just off the Rodwell Trail.

Inside Sandsfoot Castle

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