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Portland Museum

Portland, Dorset

  • Portland Museum
  • Portland Museum
  • Portland Museum
  • Portland Museum

217 Wakeham, Portland, DT5 1HS

Tel: 01305 821804

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Situated in the ancient hamlet of Wakeham and above the cove at Church Ope, Portland’s Museum was founded in 1930 by Dr Marie Stopes in two early 17th century stone cottages. Inspired by one of these cottages, Wessex author, Thomas Hardy made it the home of Avice, the heroine in his novel “The Wellbeloved”.

Today the Museum houses many of the artifacts associated with the history and culture of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland and tells the story of local industry, the Sea, the Prisons and the People.

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22 Jan 2020
Welcome to Resort Dorset's first 'shots of the month' issue. We collect photos that we love, each month, from Instagram that contain the tag #resortdorset. To be in with a chance of being featured in next month's issue, just tag #resortdorset on any of your Instagram photos! Each month, there will be a feautured photo. This month's featured photo Weymouth Harbour ... Read more...
2 Dec 2019
Dorset Beaches Dorset is surrounded by an 88-mile stretch of quite remarkable coastline. One of the pleasures of visiting (or living in) Dorset is that you’re never too far away from the beach – whichever beach that may be, because there’s plenty! And by plenty, we mean loads! There are the major beaches such as the award-winning Bournemouth Beach and Weymouth Beach, along with the many smaller beaches such as Church Ope Cove. Take a look at some of many: Chesil ... Read more...
8 Aug 2019
Things to do on a rainy day in Dorset Dorset is blessed with countless scenic locations to explore in the summer months, from Durdle Door to Portland Bill there are plenty of beauty spots and outdoor activities to enjoy. But what about those rainy days in Dorset when the number one priority is keeping dry? We’ve compiled a list of fantastic Dorset attractions and activities to keep you and your family entertained when the rain takes hold. Rainy Day Attractions & Activities in Dorset What else ... Read more...
23 Jul 2019
Holidays in Dorset - 10 Must-Visit Places Dorset is well-known for many reasons, and you’re probably visiting because you’ve heard many great things about the beautiful county (we’re guessing the 95-mile stretch of the Jurassic Coast has something to do with it). But, have you planned what you’re going to get up to during your stay? Holidays in Dorset just aren’t complete without visiting these places. They’ll make your trip extra special… Durdle Door Let’s get ... Read more...
11 Jun 2019
Unusual Things to do in Dorset In Dorset, things can get a bit quirky, but quirky often means a fun, unforgettable experience. With a wealth of history, attractions and even animals, the county offers an eclectic mix you’d struggle to find anywhere else. The rural culture that blesses the South West, along with a striking coastline, creates many unique opportunities, meaning you’ve got plenty of choices when looking for unusual things to do in Dorset. From visiting a ‘ghost village’ to ... Read more...

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