A Visit to Portland Bill Lighthouse

Happy Saturday Everyone! Today, the sun most definitely had its hat on and it made for the perfect weather for an adventure. We drove along the South Coast to Portland Bill Lighthouse which is near to Weymouth, on the Jurassic Coast.

I love spending our weekends visiting new places, especially when it means discovering somewhere exciting on our doorstep in Dorset. Today was no different, and in fact I don’t think I have ever climbed a lighthouse before – something to tick off a UK style bucket list.

Portland Bill Visitor Centre

What’s more, when I was younger, I wasn’t a huge fan of traipsing around museums for hours on end, but since being in my 20s and exploring the world a little more, I do appreciate learning about different cultures and dipping my toes in a little history (sometimes)…

Alex and I approached Portland Bill Lighthouse around midday and were in awe of its striking appearance.

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

The staff were absolutely lovely, from when I called up to enquire about opening times to the team who welcomed us at the front desk. Entry was £7 which included a 35 minute guided tour of the lighthouse (it is 153 steps to climb to the top – our step counters loved us!) and a look around the visitor’s centre – which is so great for kids and big kids too…!

Our tour guide was fantastic (I regret not getting his name), I just love it when a guide is so passionate about their industry and work, because their enthusiasm is contagious and I feel I learn so much more.

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

I knew absolutely nothing about lighthouses, but feel slightly more informed and the view from the top was just breathtaking. We were lucky enough to climb to the lantern room on a day with fabulous visibility, which meant we could see the coastline stretch down to Devon and across to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in the other direction.

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

We each received a little badge as a souvenir of our trip (so cute!).

I believe all the lighthouses in the country are now controlled centrally and looked after by Trinity House. An initiative, would you believe it, originally started by Henry VIII more than 500 years ago.

After our visit, we ventured outside into the brilliant sunshine to explore the coastline and fill our lungs with the fresh sea air. I actually felt the sun on my face and it was so relaxing to have it cooled by the sea mist as each wave came crashing in (summer, I can almost smell you!).

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring today and I would love to hear your recommendations on where to visit next! Let me know in the comments 🙂

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy my write up of our stay at Orchardleigh Estate in Somerset.


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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Julia! That’s so funny, I believe there was an 80s children’s show in the UK too based on Portland Bill too. Love it! 🙂 xxx

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