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Interesting part of history

Absolutely fascinating - an old high angle (shoots shells in the air which then drop down - bang... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Keith B
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
Weird but Good

Nice views but really weird as it is a prison not that you would know it, worth going up for a look... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2018
Julie B
Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely fascinating - an old high angle (shoots shells in the air which then drop down - bang. Lovely place to wander through = not much shelter when wet though. Enjoy exploring the old tunnels and see how the shells were transported and loaded.

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Needs a bit of finding. On the southern side of the Verne prison. Good explanatory panel by the parking area. Short walk between grassy banks to the battery. The guns have been removed, however there is access to both underground magazines as well as the...More

Thank Gerry M
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Nice views but really weird as it is a prison not that you would know it, worth going up for a look though

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved this place. What a slice of history. It needs a bit of imagination but we had a lovely walk all round here and really enjoyed the balance between a site of historic interest and current wildlife haven. Brilliant.....and free.

Thank DINKEtravellers
Reviewed 27 May 2018

This very interesting historical site was right at the start of our walk around Portland - it is well worth taking some time out if you are doing likewise to learn about its history and admire the engineering (as well as the views).

Thank One_of_the_BOFs
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to explore. We chose to park in the first part of the car parking by the information centre. You can drive all the way up to Fancy’s farm and park right outside the Battery or drive half way and overlook the sea. The...More

Thank Gelldorr
Reviewed 1 March 2018

Tucked right away and not very welling posted but please do search out. Great piece of history and stunning scenery. There were a murder of cows when we went adding to the atmosphere. Great for history buffs, military and those in search of local sights

Thank littlemoosqueak
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Poorly signposted, car park badly marked, but this is an atmospheric place even (maybe especially) in fog and cold. Whilst a fan of places not being overly supervised and managed, this fun and interesting London could have better information boards does around (there are one...More

Thank TE C
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Once you find the car parks at the top of the hill there is lots to see and explore, great views over Chesil beach, The Verne fort ramparts, old railway bridges and inclines and the High Angle Battery. The dedicated explorer will go online to...More

Thank BNA20152015
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Terrific views, good walks and some really interesting history. Lots of parking available. in the old quarry there is also lots of wildlife. But overall the plaques explaining the history of the battery really worth a visit.

Thank Jan R
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