Portland Bill Lighthouse, Isle of Portland

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. Make Portland Bill Lighthouse a centerpiece of your Isle of Portland vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Isle of Portland online trip planner .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Portland Bill Lighthouse
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Portland Bill Lighthouse Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,420 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Visited on a very windy Saturday, gusting over 100mph winds. But we did experience very salty sea spray. Did not get to go up the lighthouse, but the visitor centre and gift shop were a delight. Good ...  more »
  • What a load of tosh. Closed for tours until March. Website doesn’t tell you that on front pages - only if you click on a specific day. Visitor centre is utterly boring and tiny. More of a room than a ...  more »
  • We drove through the Isle of Portland just to see the lighthouse, knowing that it would be closed when we got there, but as we were only in the area for a short while, that was the best we could manag...  more »
Google
  • Very popular place to visit. I always take my visitors there. Plenty of history. Very large car park and reasonable price. Try The Lobster Pot for lunch or just a coffee you won't be disappointed. Lovely walks and huge playing field ideal for a kick about, cricket, dog walk or just a leisurely stroll. Enjoy whatever the weather.
  • Well worth a visit if on the island. The views are stunning. You can climb over the rocks in the old quarry (and sometimes find fossils), enjoy an ice cream while watching the waves and at certain times of the year, go up the lighthouse.
  • Nice place to visit beautiful views gift shops and food and guided tours but there is a height restriction I couldn't go to the top of the lighthouse as my daughter aged 3 was to small even though she's tall for a 3 year old slightly disappointed but we're living in a age where health and safety are way over the top.. Apart from that minor issue it was good afternoon with remarkable views
  • What an amazing and lovely place to visit. Has superb views and a lovely grassy area on the coastline. Has a shop serving ice creams and a cafe/restaurant for food. A gift shop is on site too. The car park is plenty big enough too. We'll worth a day out. Then you also get to see the amazing lighthouse which is just such an iconic building.
  • Understanding and friendly staff. Reasonably priced tickets and shop. Easy to park. Area surrounding it is great for exploring. Cafe nearby for refreshments. Toilets clean and tidy right by car park.
Places to stay near Portland Bill Lighthouse

Plan your trip to Isle of Portland

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Isle of Portland

View all >
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Isle of Portland

4.7
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Historic Sites in Isle of Portland

3.8
Duration: 2​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 30​min
1.0
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Isle of Portland

4.9
Duration: 6​h
5.0
Duration: 4​h
5.0
Duration: 4​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Parks in Isle of Portland

4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.3
Duration: 2​h
4.1
Duration: 2​h

Museums in Isle of Portland

4.7
Duration: 2​h

Plans to Portland Bill Lighthouse by other users

23 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in England & Paris BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 40 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 47 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in South West England BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS April, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans