The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island, 6 kilometres (4 mi) long by 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) wide, in the English Channel. Portland is 8 kilometres (5 mi) south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England. A barrier beach over which runs the A354 road connects it to Chesil Beach and the mainland. Portland and Weymouth together form the borough of Weymouth and Portland. The population of Portland is 12,400.
Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Its name is used for one of the British Sea Areas, and has been exported as the name of North American and Australian towns. Portland stone, famous for its use in British and world architecture, including St Paul's Cathedral and the United Nations Headquarters, continues to be quarried.
Portland Harbour, in between Portland and Weymouth, is one of the largest man-made harbours in the world. The harbour was made by the building of stone breakwaters between 1848 and 1905. From its inception it was a Royal Navy base, and played prominent roles during the First and Second World Wars; ships of the Royal Navy and NATO countries worked up and exercised in its waters until 1995. The harbour is now a civilian port and popular recreation area, and was used for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Local authority: Dorset County Council
OS Grid Reference: SY689723
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Close to Easton village, Portland Lodge offers good breakfasts and free Wi-Fi, at the heart of the Jurassic coast. There is free off-road parking for cars and trailers. Each room has an en suite shower room, a TV and tea/coffee facilities. Details...
Set on the summit of Portland near Weymouth, Heights Hotel has stunning views over Chesil Beach, Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour. Free private parking is provided. Details...
Queen Anne House offers elegant bed and breakfast in Portland, 5 miles from Weymouth, Dorset. The luxuriously furnished en suite rooms have free Wi-Fi and parking. Details...
Formerly a Royal Navy Admiral’s home, this Edwardian building boasts spectacular views over Portland harbour and Lyme Bay. YHA Portland also provides a communal kitchen, a TV lounge and free parking. Details...
The Royal Breakwater is located in Portland and offers basically furnished accommodation with free WiFi access throughout and nearby public parking facilities free of charge. The property features a games room and a bar. Details...
Situated on Castletown Beach and surrounded by the ocean, The Aqua offers modern bedrooms with sea views, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a restaurant, a café and a bar. The bedrooms are modern and have a bathroom with a bath and a shower. Details...
Delimara is a charming, detached cottage set in a quiet cul-de-sac in Easton on the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. With one ground floor king-size double, plus one twin and one single set in the eaves, this cottage can sleep five people. Details...
Whitestones is a terraced, former fisherman's cottage in the village of Fortuneswell, on the Isle of Portland, 5 miles from Weymouth in Dorset. Set over three floors, this cottage sleeps six people in two bedrooms, consisting of one second floor and one first floor double, as well as a bathroom. Details...
Beach Corner is a superb, three-storey end of terrace townhouse set on Dorset's Isle of Portland, one mile from the village of Fortuneswell. There are four bedrooms, two king-size doubles (one boasting an en-suite and a balcony), plus two twins, meaning up to eight people can sleep here comfortably. Details...
Stopes Cottage is a semi detached cottage next to a lighthouse on the tip of Portland Bill near to Weymouth in Dorset. The cottagesleeps four people in one double bedroom, one twin room and a family bathroom. Also in the cottage is a fitted kitchen with a dining area and a sitting room. Details...
Brancombe Lodge is a detached cottage next to a lighthouse on the tip of Portland Bill near to Weymouth in Dorset. The cottage sleeps four people in one double bedroom, one twin room and a family bathroom. Also in the cottage are a fitted kitchen and a sitting room with a dining area. Details...
Acacia House is a comfortable, semi-detached cottage set in a residential area in Weymouth, Dorset. There are three bedrooms on the first floor, a ground floor bathroom and a first floor shower room. There's also a kitchen, a utility, a dining room and a sitting room with an electric fire. Details...