The beautiful Isle of Portland is 5 miles south of Weymouth, the southernmost point of Dorset. Come and explore our hidden gem of an Island. Portland is a perfect base for exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coast. There are coastal paths, hidden coves and pebble beaches. Lots of climbing spots. Church Ope cove a short walk. We are in Easton Village; the bus stop is right outside our door. Local amenities, cafes and takeaways. Portland Harbour has facilities for water sports.
Local Points of Interest
Church Ope Cove
Beautiful secluded pebble beach located 5/10 minutes walk from us. You can stroll along the coastal path & then down steps or woodland path to reach this hidden gem. Don't forget to explore the old church ruins and hidden Pirate's graveyard.
Portland Bill Lighthouse
The famous Portland Bill lighthouse was built in 1906, stands 35m high and has been keeping shipping safe along this stretch of the Dorset Coast. It is still in working order but is now fully automatic. Guided tours of the lighthouse can be arranged but these are subject to opening times.
This a 5 minute drive or you can jump on the seasonal open top bus (runs during Summer holidays) to enjoy the view.
Portland Castle, also known as one of the Device Forts, or Henrician Castles, was built in this location to defend Weymouth against the threat of attack. The Castle was built circa 1540, of Ashlar stone, the finest Portland Stone available, which perhaps contributes to the excellent condition that the Castle has maintained during the past four and a half centuries.
Portland Stone experience & Tout Quarry Sculptures
On Portland there is a wealth of footpaths to help you explore the island's unique character and beauty. There is a selection of walks that we have chosen to be included in our general information folder found in each room. Portland has lots of fascinating coastal paths where you can explore hidden coves or walk the Merchant railway in the footsteps of the quarrymen and their wagons of stone. Check out Tout Quarry Sculpture Park with its breathtaking views & amazing stone sculptures.
Windsurfing, Sailing & SUP
Portland harbour has been a Mecca for windsurfers and sailing for many years. Portland Harbour & Marina hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions. The excellent sailing waters of Weymouth and Portland are some of the most beautiful and safe waters in the UK. Book lessons at Andrew Simpson Sailing and windsurfing at OTC, both located at Portland National Sailing Academy. Or why not take a stroll to Hamm Beach and hire a kayak or paddle board.
Fossil Walk - Lyme Regis
Enjoy the crisp sea air and learn about 150 million year history of the Jurassic Coast on guided Fossil Walk run by Lyme Regis Museum. Regular walks throughout the year. 3 hour walks cost £11 adults £6 children and include entry to Lyme Regis Museum.
Portland Museum - Discover Portland's history & culture. The Treasure on the Island. Admission Sun-Thur 10.30pm - 4pm until the end of October. Visit the Gallery - The marie Stopes story & Thomas Hardy, Archaelogy & times past. The Maritime Room - Shipwrecks & local Maritime history. Marie Stopes Cottage - Portland prisons & Victorian parlour. Avices Cottage - Portland Stone & the Jurassic Coast. Gardens - Roman coffins, stone artefacts & peaceful place to sit.
Castletown D Day Centre
New for 2017, Portland's D Day Centre located at Castletown, Portland. Open everyday 10.30am - 3.30pm.