The Grove Prison Museum, Isle of Portland

Observe the history and evolution of HM Prison Portland, from the original 1848 adult convict establishment to its transformation into an adult/young offenders facility at The Grove Prison Museum. Run by volunteer retired prison officers who tell the stories they experienced themselves, the museum displays aerial photographs of the area, restraining equipment, and mannequins showing the evolution of prisoner and officer uniforms over time. Arrange your visit to The Grove Prison Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Isle of Portland using our Isle of Portland trip itinerary builder app .
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  • we spent sometime at the prison museum and gardens this is a must see the gentleman who gave us all the information was an ex warden who was brilliant.The grounds and walks high up have stunning views...  more »
  • Worth a look as you get the feel for how prisons used to be. Very interesting and well documented history of the local prison and surrounding area. I gave a small donation as it is being run by ex pri...  more »
  • ... I’ve been walking along the coastal path thinking that The Grove would be just across the next crossroads, and it turns out it's way up there on a cliff! It is through these mysterious insects bot...  more »
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  • Visited today, very interesting place, lots of old photos & stories of inmates & staff. There's a very good book available to browse through or to buy. It also gives an idea of what life was like on the island back then. If you have a connection to the area this place is a must. You can get the No. 1 bus to the end of Grove Road & just walk along for about half a mile, you can't miss it. The staff there will tell you everything you want to know, & if you supply your relative's name they will find their records & email the information to you. John Hutton, who wrote the book actually, emailed me later with the information & a copy of my ancestor's work record. He must have done this from home in his own time, that's going above & beyond ! I highly recommend this museum.
  • Fantastic and interesting place, differently a must visit. Very informative volunteers
  • Very good and a nice piece of history
  • Nice museum with good history and free entry, worth a visit if local
  • Wonderful little Museum with free entry. A real hidden gem.
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