"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Isle of Portland

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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Things to see and do in and around Isle of Portland

  • Easton Gardens
  • Portland Plateau Walk
  • Portland Museum
  • Portland Castle
  • Brewers Quay and Timewalk Journey
  • Nothe Fort
  • Sharkys Play Zone
  • Lakeside SuperBowl Weymouth
  • Blooming Kids
  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve
  • The Weymouth 4 Kids Treasure Trail
  • Granby Fun Factory

Tourist Information

Weymouth
Weymouth Visitor Centre
Unit 1, Colwell Centre
School Street
Dorset
England
DT4 8NJ

Phone 01305 561 643
Email enquiries@weymouthinformationcentre.co.uk
http://www.weymouthinformationcentre.co.uk/

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Weather

Forecast for Thursday 30 March

06:00


Chance of rain 2%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 8mph.
S
Pressure 1020
Humidity 87%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
S
Pressure 1020
Humidity 80%
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12:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 12°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
SSE
Pressure 1018
Humidity 76%
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15:00


Chance of rain 10%
Max temp. 12°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SE
Pressure 1016
Humidity 77%
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18:00


Chance of rain 8%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
SE
Pressure 1014
Humidity 77%
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21:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 12°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Pressure 1013
Humidity 80%
UV Index n/a
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