Nothe Fort


Weymouth’s photogenic 19th-century defences are studded with cannons, searchlights and 30cm coastal guns. Exhibits detail Dorset’s Roman invasion, a Victorian soldier's drill and Weymouth in WWII.

Commanding an armoured car and clambering around the magazine prove popular with regiments of children.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Dorset attractions

1. Jurassic Skyline

0.21 MILES

A 53m tower which rotates to reveal expansive Jurassic Coast views.

2. Weymouth Beach

0.57 MILES

The nostalgia-inducing offerings along Weymouth's fine sandy shore could see you marvelling at highly skilled sand sculptors, renting a deckchair or…

3. Sea Life

1.32 MILES

Highlights include sharks, penguins and seahorses, and talks and feeding demonstrations are held throughout the day. Tickets fall to £14 for adults and …

4. Chesil Beach Centre

2.26 MILES

This centre at the start of the bridge to Portland, is a great gateway to Chesil Beach. The pebble ridge is at its highest here – 15m compared to 7m at…

5. Portland Castle

2.71 MILES

A particularly fine product of Henry VIII's castle-building spree, with expansive views over Portland Harbour.

6. Tout Quarry

3.95 MILES

Portland's white limestone has been quarried for centuries and has been used in some of the world's finest buildings, such as the British Museum and St…

7. Maiden Castle

6.45 MILES

Occupying a massive slab of horizon on the southern fringes of Dorchester, Maiden Castle is the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort in Britain…

8. Portland Lighthouse

6.45 MILES

For a real sense of Portland's remote nature, head to its southern tip, Portland Bill, to climb the 41m-high, candy-striped lighthouse. It offers…