Portland Bill in Dorset

Portland Bill

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland DT5 2JT

Iconic lighthouse perched high above the cliff with impressive views of the coastline and English Channel.

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28.3 miles from Highlands End
30.5 miles from Golden Cap
22.3 miles from Graston Copse
17.9 miles from Sandyholme

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Portland Bill is located at the southernmost tip of the Isle of Portland. It is perhaps best known for its lighthouse, which is painted in distinctive red and white colours. The lighthouse is open to visitors and it is possible to climb the steep steps during a guided tour. From the top  you can enjoy impressive views across the english channel and watch yachts and fishing boats navigate a dangerous stretch of water, known as the Portland Race.

Portland is known for its treacherous waters and the lighthouse plays a vital role in ensuring safe passage of passing vessels. At the visitor centre, you can learn more about the history of the lighthouse and its keepers. Visitors can also participate in a number of interactive displays, including a simulation which mimics a stormy trip at sea.

Explore the Cliff Path

There are a number of excellent walks from Portland Bill, which vary in length and difficulty. If you’re feeling energetic you can follow the circular cliff path and circumnavigate the whole island. For a more gentle stroll you can walk to Pulpit rock, a stunning rock formation perched high above the sea. Alternatively, you can head out past the beach huts to the historic cranes, which continue to be used to launch small crab and lobster boats from the cranes.

Slightly in land there is a large green area, popular on windy days with children flying kites. This is also an ideal spot for a picnic or to throw a ball for your dog. Portland Bill is a great location for storm watching, with some big waves pounding the rocky coastline during rough weather.

Food and drink

If you’re feeling peckish after exploring the coastline, the Lobster Pot is the ideal place to stop for a bite to eat. It is incredibly popular and renowned locally for its impressive service and simple yet delicious menu. The Pulpit Inn is also great for a pub lunch or Sunday roast.

Parking

There is ample pay and display parking at Portland Bill, within easy walking distance of both the cafe and the lighthouse. There is also an open top bus service from Weymouth, which allows you to avoid car parking altogether!

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Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset and the South West. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park - there is more information on the pages for each park.

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What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

    Linda S - Google Reviews
    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

    Nigel White - Tripadvisor
    Sandyholme

  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor
    Sandyholme