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Portland, UK

Portland is a town in Dorset, a county on the south coast of the West Country, in England. Portland is actually an island, even though it is linked to the mainland by Chesil Beach, as Chesil Beach is actually a tombolo.

Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Portland stone, famous for its use in British and world architecture, including St Paul's Cathedral and the United Nations Headquarters, continues to be quarried.

Portland Harbour, in between Portland and Weymouth, is one of the largest man-made harbors in the world. The harbor was made by the building of stone breakwaters between 1848 and 1905. From its inception it was a Royal Navy base, and played prominent roles during the First and Second World Wars; ships of the Royal Navy and NATO countries worked up and exercised in its waters until... Read more

Portland, UK

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Portland is a town in Dorset, a county on the south coast of the West Country, in England. Portland is actually an island, even though it is linked to the mainland by Chesil Beach, as Chesil Beach is actually a tombolo.

Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Portland stone, famous for its use in British and world architecture, including St Paul's Cathedral and the United Nations Headquarters, continues to be quarried.

Portland Harbour, in between Portland and Weymouth, is one of the largest man-made harbors in the world. The harbor was made by the building of stone breakwaters between 1848 and 1905. From its inception it was a Royal Navy base, and played prominent roles during the First and Second World Wars; ships of the Royal Navy and NATO countries worked up and exercised in its waters until 1995. The harbor is now a civilian port and popular recreation area and was used for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Many attractions and facilities are available in the nearby town of Weymouth, only a short bus ride away. 

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Portland, UK: Port Information


Portland Port is located in the heart of the Jurassic Coast. We recommend you to go out on deck at least one hour prior to a ship's arrival to admire the incredible scenery.
Liners dock at the Quayside in Portland Harbour. There's free shuttle service to Portland Castle and Weymouth.
Travelers are not allowed to walk around the Port's territory for safety reasons.

Get around Portland, UK


Bus services are provided by both First and South West Coaches on Portland. The main service is route 1, provided by First, which operates every 7/8 minutes on weekdays during the day. The FirstDay ticket, which allows unlimited travel around Portland, Weymouth, and Dorchester on the day of purchase on First services, can be bought from a driver.

Taxis are relatively inexpensive, the major operator in the area is Portline (+44 1305 821600)

What to see in Portland, UK


  • Portland Castle, Liberty Road, Castletown, DT5 1AZ (Follow road signs upon arrival on Portland towards Castletown and Portland Castle. Bus services 1, 1X, 7 and X7 serve Victoria Square, approximately ten minutes walk away), ☎ +44 1305 820539. Every day, 10.00 AM to 5 PM (Closed during winter, open late nights in summer). Built by Henry VIII in the early 1540s, this castle has played a part in history ever since. This history is portrayed through exhibitions and the building itself.
  • Tout Quarry, Hope Square (Follow the main road up until the Portland Heights Hotel, when you will turn right at a roundabout following signs for Tout Quarry. Bus services 1 and 1X serve the nearby Portland Heights Hotel, which is approximately three minutes walk away). Every day, All Day (For walking around the quarry) Contact venue for workshop times. This beautiful quarry is full of sculptures that local people have created. It is set on the top of Portland with fantastic views of the Jurassic Coastline. Free Entry (Workshops have an additional fee).
  • Portland Bill Lighthouse, Most Southerly Tip of Portland (Follow brown tourist signs towards Portland Bill from arrival on Portland. Bus service 1X serves this venue), ☎ +44 1305 820495. Opening to be announced. Situated at the tip of Portland, this famous lighthouse has a visitor center and tours around the lighthouse. Contact venue for pricing (Family tickets available).
  • Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quay (Follow brown tourist signs to Osprey Quay on arrival to Portland. Bus services 1, 1X, 7 and X7 serve Victoria Square, approximately ten minutes walk away.), ☎ +44 1305 866000. Check with venue for opening times. Located within the Osprey Quay development is the new National Sailing Academy. This venue will host the London 2012 Olympic sailing events. This venue hosts events throughout the year as well as sailing courses. Cost of courses varies.

What to do in Portland, UK


  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cycling/Hiking around the island on the clifftop-coastal path
There is also an arts festival that runs exclusively on the Isle of Portland every other year called b-side festival. b-side festival is an artist-led multimedia arts festival bringing new art to unusual locations, held exclusively on the intriguing Isle of Portland. b-side creates conversations between artists, residents, and producers, crafting new work that responds specifically to the island’s unique and endlessly evolving history, geology and character.

What to eat and drink in Portland, UK


The majority of pubs on the island are locally run establishments, aimed at older generations.

Shopping in Portland, UK


  • Underwater Explorers, Unit 1, Maritime Business Centre, Mereside, DT5 1FD, ☎ +44 1305 824 555. 9 AM-5 PM. A diving shop, you can browse stock both online and with Google Street View. They also provide training. 
  • The Wool Shop, 17 Easton St, Easton, DT5 1BS, ☎ +44 1305 822794. A haberdashery store specializing in wool. 
  • Island Gallery, 31 Easton Square, DT5 1BU, ☎ +44 1305 821432. Tu-F: 10 AM-5 PM, Sa: 9:30 AM-4 PM, Su-M: Closed. Sells gifts and offers a picture framing service.

Safety in Portland, UK


It is a safe place with low crime rates. However, you should always use your common sense like in any other place of our world.

Language spoken in Portland, UK


English is the official language. 

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