Things to do in Isle of Portland

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Things to Do in Isle of Portland

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  • AngelaColnet
    Milton Keynes, UK65 contributions
    Wow! What a fab trip! We did the lighthouse tour and Nikki was our guide. She was fantastic and we had such a good tour. The sun came out for us too. Definitely worth a visit if your in the area.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Tracy Y
    6 contributions
    Great little 'hands on' place for adults and kids. Most of the exhibitions you can get on/feel etc. Learning what life in Portland was like for those at the time. We spent a couple of hours here (2 adults) at a great price. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you are in the area definitely well worth a visit.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • FloandStan
    Fulbourn, UK257 contributions
    Have been here several years ago. Very rugged some beautiful carved sculptures done on the Portland stone. Coastal walk or investigating the quarry.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • Swarf C
    3 contributions
    Far better than I expected. The site doesn't look particularly inviting, but once you overcome any preconceptions you will find it a delightful experience. The staff were as friendly as the animals and the children really enjoyed it. The ducks were particularly pleased to see us.
    Written 14 November 2021
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  • AliReviews
    Winchester, UK72 contributions
    Enjoyed my audio guided tour around this small fortification on Portland.
    My main issues are that some of the interactive displays/games were broken.
    The cafe was very nice, friendly staff, the coffee, cake soup etc were tasty but on my second visit there I saw a small dog on one of the tables and I also think £4.30 for one small slice of carrot cake is rather expensive.
    Written 23 April 2022
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  • Neil H
    Dorchester, UK89 contributions
    Managed to descend the 151 steps down to the cove today with family, no one else there, absolute bliss !
    Skimmed a few stones into sea before climbing back up towards Rufus Castle
    Written 23 February 2022
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  • Brendan W
    Birmingham, UK826 contributions
    Excellent visitor centre with knowledgeable staff and we really enjoyed the Dorset Apple cake & tea in the lovely cafe which had wonderful views to the beach.
    Written 8 November 2021
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  • Alastair W
    Beaminster, UK105 contributions
    Lovely little museum of Portland - every aspect of the history of this fascinating area. Modern extension to two old cottages means several little rooms with different topics, inlcuding some steps and low headroom door!
    Also sells small tubs of local ice cream!
    Written 6 October 2021
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  • S7186EVchrisp
    Melton Constable38 contributions
    A real l surprise as this beautiful church comes in to view. It’s setting is powerful and it is a tragedy that, despite the valiant efforts of a voluntary group, much more needs to be done to preserve it. It is of a similar style to the former Naval College at Greenwich and it deserves full restoration. The volunteer guide was very interesting and the whole set-up deserves further support.
    Written 25 September 2021
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  • Steve G
    7 contributions
    This an interesting little museum, packed with artefacts relating to life in the prison/borstal/YOI. The volunteer curators and former prison officers, Paul and John, provided an excellent level of knowledge and many interesting stories of prison life. Doesn't take much time to see, so do pop in and have a chat with them if you're in the area.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • Rebecca R
    Hornchurch, UK127 contributions
    I’ve been here a lot of times on family holidays as a child. This year I brought my husband with me who had never been to Portland before so thought it would be good to include a trip here.

    The information boards are great as you can match them up with what you’re looking at and imagine the battery in use.

    Always worth a look if you’re in Portland
    Written 24 September 2019
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  • Tracey1169
    Willenhall, UK549 contributions
    Rufus Castle (also known as the bow & arrow Castle) is a ruin an can only be viewed from the path. It’s worth a visit just for the views across the sea.
    Written 2 August 2020
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  • Sab.h
    1 contribution
    I have been doing adult swimming lessons with fiona , fiona put me totally at ease. Fiona has been very patient with me and has given me confidence .my 4 children also attend lessons with both friona and Jemma and have come on leeps and bounds .. The swimming pool is always warm, clean and well maintained.
    Written 22 March 2022
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  • Tracey1169
    Willenhall, UK549 contributions
    Visited this on our way back up from church Ope Cove. It’s off to the left up a few more steps. The views are also great from here. Wish you could read more of the headstones but that’s time for you. It goes up in to woodland bit at the back. Don’t forget to look for the skull & crossbones on the tomb.
    Written 2 August 2020
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  • Paul C
    Horsham, UK364 contributions
    Surprisingly peaceful stop to eat ice creams on a sunny and very hot Sunday afternoon.

    There were not a lot of children here, but there were public loos open and unvandalised.

    More than anything though, we were grateful as we notice the church in the NW corner just beyond the park. That is absolutely superb.
    Written 10 July 2018
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