Things to do inPortland
Visitor information for Portland in Dorset
The fascinating island of Portland is reached by crossing the causeway that runs parallel with part of the magnificent Chesil Beach. Stop off at the Chesil Beach Centre,where you can find lots of information on the both the beach and the Fleet Lagoon, the eight-mile stretch of water that lies behind the Chesil bank.
As you head closer to Portland you'll see the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy to your left which was host to the sailing events of the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.
Walk the South West Coast Path around Portland and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the views. Even in the summer months it's easy to see the infamous Portland Race, a hazardous body of water caused by meeting tides and strong currents which cause the sea to churn continuously.
The island's museum at Wakeham is well worth a visit and although small is packed with information on Portland's long history. Archaeological finds, maritime memorabilia, stories of local shipwrecks and the local stone industry all have a place in the charming cottages that house the museum.
The Lighthouse at Portland Bill is definitely not to be missed. In fact there are three lighthouses at the Bill; one is a private residence, another a bird observatory but it is the red and white one that protects shipping today.