Local Interest Websites
A fascinating insight into the history of the Island
Tudor Fort overlooking Portland Harbour run by English Heritage and open to the public.
The children’s farm on the island has lots of great hands-on experiences for children of all ages
Portland Lighthouse Visitor Centre
The unmanned lighthouse at the tip of the island is well known to mariners around the world. Operated by Trinity House it is often open to the public.
Grove Prison Museum
A small museum showing and explaining about the history of the HMYOI, during its Convict Prison days, Borstal Institute days, Youth Custody and Young Offenders Institute days, with film, snippits of information, photographs and items of interest on show.
There is no public access allowed to the port however it’s always taking a look out when driving on or off the island and catching site of the many international cruise and merchant ships that regularly use the port. Although no longer a base of the Royal Navy you’ll often still catch site of naval vessels that use the port when on exercises between the south coast naval bases in Plymouth and Portsmouth.
Portland Bird Observatory
Portland is a Mecca for bird watchers with many rare species regularly appearing on the Island due in the main to it’s position on the English Channel. Find out more here
The Royal Manor Theatre
Based on the Isle of Portland, the Royal Manor Theatre is Portland’s theatre, producing in-house plays and hosting a variety of external productions throughout the year.
La Vie Spa
Located on site the spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies in tasteful, modern and relaxing surroundings.
The Official Test Centre
The Official Test Centre (OTC) is the windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddling (SUP) centre located right on the water’s edge, within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland.
Paracademy Extreme has been teaching people to kite surf and power kite since 1999 at Portland Harbour, Weymouth Dorset and is one of the best established and oldest kite surf school in the UK.
Based on Portland Underwater Explorers is the areas premier dive centre and a first stop for anyone wanting to dive off the island
Rock climbing has always been a popular activity on Portland. Portland Climbing have a range of climbing courses to suit every aspirant climber: From youth groups taking their first steps onto rock, to seasoned veterans who are still looking to improve, we can help.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre at WPNSA
Sailing on Portland, in the Olympic waters, is special and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre offers something for everyone from complete beginners to future Olympic champions, ages 5+!
Running & Triathlons
BustinSkin, the home of Dorset’s leading triathlon and events club holds regular events on The Island of Portland
South West Coast Path
If you’re planning on walking the areas fantastic coastline whilst staying with us the official South West Coast Path is well worth checking out for routes and tips
Dorset County Council
A wealth of general local information, useful for checking out traffic etc, facilities for the disabled etc
Independant local tourism information website with very comprehensive events listings for both nearby Weymouth as well as Portland.
The Maritime Hotel is one of the few hotels in the area that is able to accommodate dogs. This website is very useful for our guests with dogs and provides plenty of information on dog friendly places to visit throughout Dorset
The Dorset Wildlife Trust
You’re definitely going to want out and get out and explore our wonderful countryside when you visit The Maritime Hotel.
The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
Portland is situated centrally on this magnificent 80 mile stretch of coastline.
Dorset’s official tourist information website. Well worth checking out if you’re planning to explore the Jurassic Coast and beautiful scenery of rural Dorset.
Loving Weymouth and Portland
The areas largest presence on Facebook. This is a great place to catch up on what’s happening locally.