Portland Bill Lighthouse stands at the southern point of the Isle of Portland. The lighthouse was built to replace the Old Higher Lighthouse and the Old Lower Lighthouse and is still functioning to this day. The Lighthouse is one of the main attractions in Portland and the wider Weymouth area. Take a day trip to Portland and enjoy the views from the cliffs of Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast, explore the disused stone loading quay and quarrying areas and enjoy a bite to eat at The Lobster Pot or The Pulpit Inn.
Portland Bill Lighthouse Visitor Centre
The Portland Bill Lighthouse Visitor Centre was opened in 2015 in the former lighthouse keepers’ dwellings. The centre displays historical artefacts and maritime interactives. The Lighthouse Visitor Centre offers the opportunity to encounter the stormy seas in the exhilarating “Into the Dark” zone. Visitors can also climb the lighthouse and enjoy the spectacular sights of Weymouth Bay and the Jurassic Coast.
If you are looking to climb the lighthouse towards the end of the day, please contact the Portland Bill Lighthouse Visitor Centre (01305 821205) to confirm tour times.
Old Higher Lighthouse & Old Lower Lighthouse
The coast surrounding Portland and Weymouth was notorious for the shipwrecks and so, in 1716, George I granted the patent for two lighthouses to be built on the Isle of Portland. The Old Higher Lighthouse is at Branscombe Hill and the Old Lower Lighthouse on lower land on the approach to Portland Bill. The two lighthouses were later replaced by Portland Bill Lighthouse. Although disused, both lighthouses still stand to this day.
Trinity House Obelisk
The Trinity House Obelisk was built in 1844 to warn ships away from the coast of Portland. The obelisk stands at the Southern tip of the Isle, ahead of a low shelf of rock which could cause damage to boats. The Trinity House Obelisk has been Grade II listed since 1978.