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Nothe Gardens

Positioned at a stunning location on a promontory overlooking both Weymouth and Portland harbours, these informal gardens are arguably the most beautiful the borough has to offer.

The vast array of choice trees, established shrub beds and winding paths that lead down to sheltered slopes and picnic areas are ideal for walkers, sun bathers and families. The large grassed area is great for ball games while, at the foot of the gardens, the seashore is a fun place for children to go crabbing in the rock pools.

Facilities 

Cafe

The main cafe at the entrance to the gardens has a terrace where tables and chairs are set out during the summer for customers.

Ice cream hut

A small Wall's Ice Cream hut, located at the entrance to Newton's Cove, sells hot drinks and ice creams to passing trade.

Toilets

The public toilets are positioned in the centre of the gardens and are open all year round.

Car parking

There are three pay and display areas for car parking.

Accessibility

The gardens are mainly accessible by wheelchair although there is limited access to some of the lower paths. Some paths in the garden are steep or uneven.

Nothe Fort

The Nothe Fort was built to defend the coast from potential invasions by the French. This coastal fortress is open to the public all year and tells the story of garrison life for Victorian and World War II Soldiers.

Open: May-Sept everyday, 10.30am-5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm. Otherwise Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00am-4.30pm.

Newton's Cove

The stylishly transformed Newton's Cove area not only protects over 30 residential properties from coastal erosion but has created a fantastic walkway for all to enjoy. The contemporary £2 million scheme won the British Construction Industry Environmental Award 2004.

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast path runs through the Nothe Gardens and is waymarked both eastwards and westwards.

Site address

Barrack Road, DT4 8UF

Greenspace and Bereavement Manager

Name: Mrs Tara Williams
Email: TWilliams@dorset.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 838297
Fax: 01305 761670
Full details for Greenspace and Bereavement Manager

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