Explore an island of discovery

Portland, Dorset

Explore Portland’s rugged landscape and breathtaking views and discover its history, heritage and natural assets.

Rugged, relaxed and famous for its National Sailing Academy, Portland is an explorer's island.

Rockclimbing, abseiling, diving and kayaking - the heritage coastline is perfect for the sporty.

The less energetic can enjoy glorious views, beautiful sunsets and wander wildlife and butterfly havens stumbling upon grazing goats and rich arrays of wildflowers.

Steeped in maritime history and heritage, there are museums, castles and lighthouses to explore, folklore and tales of pirates and smugglers to discover and arts to admire.

Wander amongst the sculptures carved skillfully into the rockfaces and enjoy the spectacular sea views at Tout Quarry or take a stroll past the pirates graveyard down to Church Ope Cove for a picnic at this hidden beauty spot.

Portland Castle, one of Henry V111's finest coastal forts overlooks the harbour and is well worth a visit. Journey back through 450 years of history and explore thr Tudor fortress, Captain's House and contemporary English Garden.

Stand at Portland Bill, the island's most southerly point, and you can visit the popular Trinity Lighthouse, marvel at Pulpit Rock and observe the migrating birds as the waves crash around you.

There’s nowhere else quite like it!

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The Tout Quarry Sculpture TrailPortland Bill © Rod Edwards
Spirit of Portland and Chesil BeachOlympic Rings © VisitDorset
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