Portland Must-do's

Portland Castle

Portland Castle, Dorset - English Heritage

Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion.


Enjoy stunning sea views from the gun platforms, and get close to the powerful cannons. Take a stroll in the Contemporary Heritage Garden before relaxing in the Captain's Tearoom, which serves a mouth-watering selection of locally made cakes, sandwiches and snacks.


Portland Castle - English Heritage

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach, Portland in Dorset

Chesil Beach is located on the South coast of England in the county of Dorset. It is a pebble beach 18 miles long and stretches north-west from Portland to West Bay. For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon.


Both of the beachs and the lagoon are important areas for wildlife with a number of national and international designations to help protect this important area. The area lies at the centre of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCOdesignated World Heritage Site.

Quiddles

Quiddles Cafe, Chesil Beach, Portland - Dorset

Born out of a passion for seafood. Quiddles is a little gem hidden amongst the cliffs on Chesil Beach. Stroll along the promenade and stop for a delicious meal or simply drop-by for coffee and cake after an exhilarating dog-walk.


With stunning views over the beach and sea, be prepared to come away feeling content, relaxed and at peace with the world!

The Cove House Inn Pub

View from The Cove House Inn Pub, Chesil Beach, Portland in Dorset

The Cove House Inn Pub at Chiswell in Portland offers a friendly, cosy atmosphere with the most spectacular views Portland can offer.


Situated on the promenade, this is a hugely popular traditional oldy-worldy English pub. You can enjoy folk music on Thursday evenings from 7pm, and marvel at their famous photo of the pub when it was engulfed in waves during a heavy storm but lived to tell many-a-tale!

Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove, near Wakeham, Portland in Dorset

Church Ope Cove is a small secluded beach on the sheltered eastern side of the Isle of Portland in Dorset, southern England. It is found close to the village of Wakeham. The beach has many unusual features for the Isle of Portland.

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland in Dorset

Newly opened in 2015, the former lighthouse keepers' dwellings now feature fun and informative maritime displays and interactives.


The impressive new main exhibit allows you to learn about the lighthouse and its keepers and find out about Trinity House, the organisation that operates the lighthouse and has safeguard the mariner for over 500 years. The new exhibition contains a number of interactive displays and historical artefacts and offers the opportunity to encounter a stormy sea journey in the exhilarating zone ‘Into The Dark’.


Visitors can also climb the lighthouse and see for miles along the beautiful Dorset Coastline, the world famous Jurassic Coast and out to the treacherous Portland Race.