Open every day | 10:00 - 4:30 (last entry 3:30pm)
Castletown D-Day Centre
Admiralty Buildings, Castletown,
Portland, Dorset, UK, DT5 1BD
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The award-winning Castletown D-Day Centre to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Wednesday 24th April 2024

Visitors to the museum on 6th June can learn about Portland’s historic link to the largest amphibious invasion in history only a stone’s throw away from where thousands of allied troops left for the Nazi-occupied beaches of France.

As a proud ‘hands-on’ living history experience, visitors can handle authentic World War Two uniforms, weapons and equipment – getting a tactile feel for what life would have been like for those who fought for our freedoms. Those feeling brave can even climb aboard the museum’s Sherman tank!

The D-Day Centre also includes a full-size replica Spitfire, a Bofors 40mm gun, interactive audio-visual displays, and even a D-Day bunker.

 

Military Vehicle Convoy

 

All military vehicle enthusiasts will be delighted that a convoy of authentic WW2 vehicles will be arriving at the Castletown D-Day Centre at 12:30 for a static display until 13:30 when the convoy will depart for the 2 pm service at Portland Cenotaph. The vehicles will then be on display at the top of the island (near Portland Heights Hotel) until 15:30.

D-Day Centre Military Vehicles

Cream teas from the Adventure Café will be served in the period tearoom which offers fantastic views across Portland Bay.

To help families of all backgrounds engage with local history, Weymouth and Portland residents will receive half-price admission (see Facebook page for details). Free admission will be given to anyone who dresses up in the wartime theme or brings a period vehicle for the display.

 

Welcoming D-Day Heroes

 

D-Day Hero at D-Day Centre

In the run-up to 6th June, The Castletown D-Day was fortunate enough to have D-Day hero Albert Fenton visit the museum. Sailing for Juno Beach on 6th June, Albert played a key role as a driver responsible for supplying frontline units with food, water, fuel and military equipment. The team were delighted by Albert’s visit and looks forward to seeing him again for a future visit.

In preparation for the 80th anniversary event, the owner of Castletown D-Day Centre, Derek Luckhurst, was interviewed by BBC South Today journalist Briony Leyland as part of a special D-Day feature that will be broadcast on 6th June.

There are still a handful of spaces to join the Castletown D-Day Centre’s dedicated band of volunteers as it marks its biggest year yet. Hours are flexible, with lunch and period uniforms provided. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Castletown D-Day Centre is asked to email d.day.centre.portland@gmail.com

 

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