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Rufus Castle, Isle of Portland

#5 of 8 in Historic Sites in Isle of Portland
Castle · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Standing on the base of an older structure, Rufus Castle dates to late 15th century and represents a piece of England's medieval history. Not much remains of the original structure, but you can still see gun holes, part of the keep, and a stone bridge leading to the entrance. The castle lies on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the sea and a small secluded beach. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Rufus Castle by using our Isle of Portland day trip planning tool.
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  • Don't go out of your way to visit this castle you can only see it from a nearby path. A bungalow was built near it which stopped all access (how was this allowed). Apparently English Heritage have...  more »
  • Rufus Castle (also known as the bow & arrow Castle) is a ruin an can only be viewed from the path. It’s worth a visit just for the views across the sea.  more »
  • It's not really the castle you visit but the cove below, walking past the castle, water is OK to swim, stoney beach, looked over by beach huts good path down not wheelchair friendly, if you can climb 5 flights of stairs you can make this trip
  • Every year we spend a week in Portland and as soon as we arrive it's straight down t9nthe viewing point at the base of Rufus Castle, just a wonderful view over the cove and the channel.
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