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Portland Bill Lighthouse, Isle of Portland

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At Portland Bill Lighthouse, discover the 300-year-old history of all the lighthouses that have stood on this spot, warning ships and sailors. Take a guided tour of the current structure, a white and red tower dating from 1906, and hear stories of the island and infamous wrecks. A visitor center and private museum occupy the former headquarters of the lighthouse keeper. Climb 153 steps to the top of the 35 m (114 ft) beacon for sweeping views. For Portland Bill Lighthouse and beyond, use our Isle of Portland vacation route planner to get the most from your Isle of Portland vacation.
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  • Small ladders so no buggies so or flip flops. Interesting trip up to the top with spectacular views. The sky was pretty much as it is in this picture so could see for miles. Well worth the climb. Visi...  more »
  • Unable to go in this attraction as not open, but would have liked too. Well kept, as was the whole area.  more »
  • We visited at the end of Storm Ewan at the end of February 2017, the weather was bracing but more than this the wind was truly galeforce and would easily have blown a small child over. Nether the less...  more »
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  • Loved the guided tour of the lighthouse. Would so recommend visiting. Tour guides were lovely, and very well informed and knew what they were talking about. One main point is if you have children they must be able to walk themselves as due to the narrow stairs going up it is not suitable for young children. We didn't have any children with us but one family did and they kids found it very interesting. The stairs are quite steep so be prepared but once up there and hearing the history you won't be disappointed.
  • The lighthouse is a fab place to go. The visitor centre is informative and interactive which is great with a 5 and 7 year old. The tour was infomative and the staff were super friendly and very knowledgeable. And it wasn't overly expensive which is a real plus.
  • The lighthouse is amazing and well maintained. The view from the top is breathtaking. If you have a freshly cooked meal in the delightful Lobster Pot cafe and sit by the window you can see out to the vast sea and watch the seagulls dart and dive into the choppy waters.very relaxing. The car park has a well maintained public toilets. Plenty areas to sit and have a picnic.do some stone stacking balance bits of stone which is relaxing. Quiet most times of people and traffic ,just the sound of waves crashing into the cliffs . Popular place for rock climbing. The walk along the coast is amazing ,little challenging at times. During the summer coach loads of people and students embark here and the ever popular bird watching groups. The best ice cream on the island is from the Lobster pot but beware of the seagulls that are partial to swooping down and snatching your sweet treat away. To the left of Portland bill as you look out to sea ,close to the cliffs are many delightful beach huts and nearby is a vast open field place to fly a kite and well worth doing for the wind here is uplifting and your kite will fly quite high here.there is a couple of swings in this area and I wonder how many other lighthouses have swings so close.imagine sitting on the swings looking out to the lighthouse ,beach huts and the sea. Plenty rocks to sit on and enjoy your picnic or a glass of hot soup. You will feel quite refreshed after spending a day here.
  • Had a great time there, views are too die for .
  • Great place to visit and a lovely view. Food and drinks quite expensive, but really enjoyed the visit