Pictures of England Pictures of England

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England

Over 150,000 photos of England
22,000+ members
Click here to join the community

Pictures of Portland

a Seaside Town in the county of Dorset

Chesil Beach
Take a picture tour of Portland..

About Portland

As it juts into the sea Portland is bounded by some of the finest coastal scenery in the land, leaving behind the wide curve of Weymouth Bay, and to the west the panorama of pebbles forming the giant sweep of Chesil Bank, it appears as if to stand alone.

It is a fact that for many years Portland could only be reached by ferry. Today it is held to the mainland by a slight finger of Chesil Beach, and perhaps it was this earlier inaccessibility which helped to give Portland its unique charm and atmosphere.

The quality of its famous stone as been recognised throughout the land for hundreds of years. What finer accolade for Portland other than the fact its stone was put into London's St.Pauls Cathedral by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. Since then this gorgeous stone has been used in churches and grand houses up and down the land.

Portland is an important stopping place for thousands of migratory birds. Quarries bled dry of their stone have become habitats for a wealth of wildlife. In the soils filling the crevices you can investigate rare plants, one of them being the orchid which appears to almost ramble at will amongst what little stone and soil is left.

The town's strong links with the Royal Navy go back to the Crimean War, and a military base was maintained here until quite recently. However, when the Government called for cut backs in defences, the Navy withdrew. Some of the redundant buildings are now thankfully being taken up by new companies specialising in ship repair, engineering and technology.

There are superb views over the harbour from Fortuneswell. The original harbour was built by prisoners awaiting transportation to Australia, it was begun in 1847 and the prison building which held the prisoners still stand.

On the northern shore visitors can see the magnificent castle built on the orders of Henry VIII as part of his coastal defences. It is a wonderful place to tour, and from its lofty heights gives spectacular views of luxury liners heading for the harbours of Portsmouth and Southampton. Back in the 16th century the scene from here was that of the Spanish Armada beating a hasty retreat back up the English Channel.

Because of treacherous waters, ships often floundered of Portland's coast, thus smuggling plays an interesting part in the history of the town. Visitors can learn all about this and the people of Portland by visiting the Portland Museum and Shipwreck Centre which is housed in the former Lighthouse Keepers house. The Lighthouse was originally built in 1844, it became automated late in the 20th century.

Around the coast of Portland there are strange rock formations to be seen. One of the more curious is known locally as the "Durdle Door" sculpted by the seas of centuries, this strange limestone phenomena standing out against the swirling ocean, backed by reddish Dorset sand is one of the most photographed views of Portland.

The town was immortalised in " A Shropshire Lad " by A.E. Housman, in 1896.

With so much history, attractive places and splendid views Portland on the lovely Jurassic coast is well worth a visit.

Planning a visit to Portland?
Please support the Pictures of England website by booking your Portland hotels & accommodation through this site.

Add town to favourites

Nearby towns & villages..

A picture of Weymouth

Weymouth (203 Pictures)

a Seaside Town in the county of Dorset

(2.2 miles, 3.5 km, direction N of Portland)

Weymouth is one of the most finest and famous of all England's seaside resorts, having first been used by King George III to try and help cure his nervous disorder by bathing in the sea...

Osmington view over golden cab, Dorset

Osmington (6 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

(5.1 miles, 8.2 km, direction NE of Portland)

The pretty village of Osmington is situated along the Jurassic coast just 4 miles North-East of the historic resort of Weymouth. It has narrow streets and pretty thatched.....

Across the Fleet Lagoon

Langton Herring (1 Pictures)

in the county of Dorset

(5.7 miles, 9.2 km, direction NW of Portland)



Abbotsbury (110 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

(8.6 miles, 13.9 km, direction NW of Portland)

Abbotsbury is a small picturesque and historic village in the county of Dorset...

Road trip

Dorchester (86 Pictures)

a Historic Market Town in the county of Dorset

(9.1 miles, 14.7 km, direction N of Portland)

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and is the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex. On the outskirts of the town you will find Hardy’s birthplace and family home in Higher.....

All towns in Dorset
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Nearby attractions..

Portland Castle, Dorset

Portland Castle (1 Pictures)

(1.2 miles, 1.9 km, direction SE)

This is one of the best preserved of all King Henry VIII's mighty fortresses, built by the monarch to guard the south coast.....

Weymouth from Nothe Fort

Nothe Fort (17 Pictures)

(1.6 miles, 2.6 km, direction N)

Nothe Fort lies to the east of Weymouth. This spectacular "D" shaped building is preserved as one of the finest pieces of.....

Penquin at SeaLife Centre in Weymouth

Sea Life Park, Weymouth (1 Pictures)

(3.1 miles, 4.9 km, direction N)

A unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions set in seven acres makes Sea Life a great family day out. The Park offers a day.....

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

Portland Bill Lighthouse (48 Pictures)

(4.6 miles, 7.4 km, direction S)

Erected in 1906, Portland Bill Lighthouse with 153 steps to the top makes a challenging guided tour but the spectacular view of.....

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach (25 Pictures)

(5.9 miles, 9.4 km, direction NW)

One of the most remarkable features of England's fantastic coastal scenery is the magnificent stretch known as Chesil Beach,.....

The Maiden Castle, Dorchester, Dorset. The largest hillfort in England

Maiden Castle (10 Pictures)

(7.8 miles, 12.6 km, direction N)


Durdle Door

Durdle Door (106 Pictures)

(7.9 miles, 12.7 km, direction E)

On a coast of fabulous high white cliffs there are few views to rival the spectacular Durdle Door. This natural phenomena,.....

All attractions in Portland
All attractions in Dorset
Complete A to Z of attractions in England

Hotels & Accommodation in Portland

Portland Hotels  Portland Cottages  Portland Bed & Breakfast

Osprey House in Weymouth, Dorset, England

Osprey House

Weymouth, Dorset, England (0.8 miles, 1.3 km)
Osprey House is a holiday home is set in Weymouth is 3.1 km from Weymouth Harbour. Offering free private parking, the cottage is 2.6 km from Weymouth Marina. The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher a...
More info and book online..  Price from £98.00

Anchor Cottage in Weymouth, Dorset, England

Anchor Cottage

Weymouth, Dorset, England (0.8 miles, 1.3 km)
Anchor Cottage is a cottage situated in Weymouth, 3.1 km from Weymouth Harbour. The property is 2.6 km from Weymouth Marina and free private parking is available. A dishwasher and an oven can be foun...
More info and book online..  Price from £88.00

Ferrybridge View in Wyke Regis, Dorset, England

Ferrybridge View

Wyke Regis, Dorset, England (0.9 miles, 1.4 km)
Ferrybridge View offers pet-friendly accommodation in Wyke Regis. The unit is 44 km from Bournemouth. An oven, a toaster and a refrigerator can be found in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom...
More info and book online..  Price from £166.00

Chesil Vista Holiday Park in Wyke Regis, Dorset, England

Chesil Vista Holiday Park

Wyke Regis, Dorset, England (0.9 miles, 1.4 km)
Situated in Wyke Regis, Chesil Vista Holiday Park offers a children's playground and sauna. Bournemouth is 45 km from the property. The accommodation is fitted with a TV. There is a seating and/or di...
More info and book online..  Price from £195.00

The Royal Breakwater in Portland, Dorset, England2 stars

The Royal Breakwater

Portland, Dorset, England (1.1 miles, 1.8 km)
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 g...
More info and book online..  Price from £32.00

Jurassic Apartments in Weymouth, Dorset, England

Jurassic Apartments

Weymouth, Dorset, England (1.3 miles, 2.1 km, direction NW)
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Jurassic Apartments offers pet-friendly accommodation in Weymouth, 3.3 km from Weymouth Harbour. Free private parking is available on site. There is dry c...
More info and book online..  Price from £150.00

Swallows Rest in Weymouth, Dorset, England4 stars

Swallows Rest

Weymouth, Dorset, England (1.3 miles, 2.1 km, direction NW)
Offering bed and breakfast rooms with sea views, Swallows Rest is set in 34 acres of Dorset countryside on the Jurassic Coastline. There is free WiFi and free parking on site, and a large guest lounge...
More info and book online..  Price from £60.00

All Accommodation in Portland..

Portland Reviews

See all Portland reviews..

Please login to make a review

Nearby travel help

Weymouth Station(2.3 miles, 3.7 km, direction N)
Upwey Station(4.6 miles, 7.3 km, direction N)
Bournemouth Airport(30.6 miles, 49.3 km, direction NE)
M5 Junction 25(40.2 miles, 64.7 km, direction NW)
M5 Junction 26(41.9 miles, 67.4 km, direction NW)
Exeter Airport(43.8 miles, 70.5 km, direction W)
Portland to London(119.9 miles, 192.9 km, direction NE)