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Portland Bill Lighthouse Visitor Centre
South Coast
Isle of Portland

Portland Bill Lighthouse
Isle of Portland
Dorset, dt5 2jt
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Come and climb the only operational lighthouse in Dorset, open to the public!

With the help of a generous grant from its Maritime Charity, Trinity House has renovated the Visitor Centre at Portland Bill Lighthouse. Opened to the public on 29 March 2015, the impressive new main exhibit allows you to learn about the lighthouse and its keepers and find out about Trinity House, the organisation that operates the lighthouse and has safeguard the mariner for over 500 years. The new exhibition contains a number of interactive displays and historical artefacts and offers the opportunity to encounter a stormy sea journey in the exhilarating zone ‘Into The Dark’.

Visitors can also climb the lighthouse and see for miles along the beautiful Dorset Coastline, the world famous Jurassic Coast and out to the treacherous Portland Race.

If you are planning to arrive at the centre towards the end of the day we would advise calling the lighthouse prior to arrival, to confirm the final tour time and remaining availability.

Accessibility Information

Health & Safety

There are a few rules to ensure you have a safe visit. These include:

  • Children are very welcome, but they must be at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided
  • wear sensible footwear (e.g. not flip flops)
  • all visitors (including children) must be able to ascend and descend the stairs unaided

Please read the Health and Safety guidelines before you set off: