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 topĀ  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 stormwatching, 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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  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

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  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse