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Sandsfoot Castle

Though forgotten for centuries, this renovated cliff-top fortress backed by stately gardens is now one of Weymouth's most attractive landmarks.

When Henry VIII left the Catholic Church he became afraid of retaliation, so he lined the southern coast with his so-called “Device Forts.” Visit Sandsfoot Castle, which was built during that time to protect the harbor from papal invaders and learn about the interesting history behind the structure.

The building was never involved in any conflicts, but was used as a Royalist site for coin minting during the Civil War. Peer down from the cliffs to see the foundations of the castle that crumbled and fell because of erosion. As the castle succumbed to the elements, it lay here forgotten. Stone was taken from it to build other structures in the area. The site was later renovated before opening to the public in 2012. Explore the castle safely on the new walkways that lead around the ruined site.

Discover history for yourself by wandering amid the dramatic stone ruins and trying to imagine how it might have looked with a roof, windows and cannons lining the walls. Learn more about the castle by pausing at the information points. The castle has two levels. Ammunition was stocked in the basement and above it were the living quarters.

Stroll through the neatly organized gardens that back onto the castle and look for a small ornamental pond. Follow the path around the castle for great views of the Isle of Portland. Afterward, join the Rodwell Trail, a running and biking path from Weymouth town center to Ferry Bridge. This trail is an ideal setting for a quiet walk through woods and along beaches.

Combine a trip here with a visit to the nearby Chesil Beach, a stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Skip stones on the water and stroll along the pebbled promontory, a unique geographical shoreline separated from the mainland by a lagoon.

The castle and gardens are free to enter. Find on-street parking near the site. A café at the entrance to the gardens provides a perfect spot to rest and eat on the grounds of this charming destination.


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Old Castle Hotel

Old Castle Hotel

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Situated in Weymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sandsfoot Castle, Tudor House, and Weymouth D-Day Museum. Discovery Weymouth and Leighton Art Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Kelston Guest House

Kelston Guest House

1 Lennox Street, Weymouth
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Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Beach and Weymouth Marina. Weymouth Pavilion and Pirate Adventure Mini Golf are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Weymouth Sands

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Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Weymouth Pavilion and Sea Life Tower. Leighton Art Gallery and Tudor House are also within 10 minutes.

Moonfleet Cottage

Moonfleet Cottage

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2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Weymouth, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chesil Beach Visitors Centre and Sandsfoot Castle. Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and Portland Harbour are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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The Cavendale

The Cavendale

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Alexandra Hotel

Alexandra Hotel

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Situated in Weymouth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Weymouth Pavilion and Sea Life Tower. Leighton Art Gallery and Weymouth Marina are also within 10 minutes.

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Olivers Guest House

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Jurassic Apartments

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Situated in Weymouth, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sandsfoot Castle and Chesil Beach Visitors Centre. Tudor House and Weymouth D-Day Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).