Portland Harbour is one of the largest harbours in the UK and covers neal 9 square kilometres. Sheltered by the Isle of Portland and Chesil Beach, it was chosen in 2012 to be the home for a range of waterborne sports including sailing, powerboating, diving and windsurfing. Thanks to its deep water and size, the harbour plays host to numerous large cruise vessels every year that visit to enjoy the delights of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.
A quarrying relic, Pulpit Rock is on the southern tip of the Isle of Portland. An artificial stack of rock, it was formed when natural arch was cut away by quarrymen. It was designed to have religious connotations and the large slab of rock that leans against the main stack is designed to be an open bible leaning on a pulpit. A must-see if you are visiting the Isle of Portland.
Portland Harbour overlooks the harbour and was one of Henry VIII’s greatest fortresses on the coast. Built to ward off any invasion attempts by the Spanish or French, it also played a defensive role in both of the twentieth century’s two world wars. You can take a tour of the castle and check out the spectacular views from the gun platforms.
Portland Bill Lighthouse
Portland Lighthouse is an iconic lighthouse that was built by Trinity House in 1906. Its purpose was to guide vessels safely to Portland or Weymouth as well as acting as a waymark for ships attempting to navigate the English Channel. It’s striking red and white design makes it a big draw for tourists eager to see and photograph this wonderful building.
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