Portland, United Kingdom Cruise Port

Region:

United Kingdom

Getting Around:

Local buses are run by FirstGroup, with services to Weymouth. Weymouth is the hub for south Dorset bus routes, with services to Dorchester and local villages. Weymouth is connected to towns and villages along the Jurassic Coast by the Jurassic Coast Bus service, which runs for 142 kilometres (88 mi) from Exeter to Poole, through Sidford, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Wool, and Wareham. Trains run from Weymouth to London and Bristol, and ferries to the French port of St Malo and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey. There is a short airstrip and heliport just north of Fortuneswell at the northern end of the Isle.

History:

Portland Harbor was home to the Royal Navy. Their former barracks are in the foreground. At the start of the First World War, HMS Hood was sunk in the passage between the southern breakwaters to protect the harbor from torpedo and submarine attack. Portland Harbor was formed (1848–1905) by the construction of breakwaters, but before that the natural anchorage had hosted ships of the Royal Navy for more than 500 years. It was a centre for Admiralty research into asdic submarine detection and underwater weapons from 1917 to 1998. During the Second World War Portland was the target of heavy bombing, although most warships had moved North as Portland was within enemy striking range across the Channel. Portland was a major embarkation point for Allied forces on D-Day in 1944. Early helicopters were stationed at Portland in 1946-1948, and in 1959 a shallow tidal flat, The Mere, was infilled, and sports fields taken to form a heliport. The station was formally commissioned as HMS Osprey, which then became the largest and busiest military helicopter station in Europe. The base was gradually improved with additional landing areas and one of England's shortest runways, at 229 meters (751 ft).


Top 10 Tips from Cruiseline.com

Cruising_Nana
Stonehenge - what a spectacular place.
CruisingCM
We took the Stonehenge tour from here and did not see much of the port area. It looked like a great place to visit (beach area) in the summer though.
Las
Gardens & swannery were paced well, despite horrible weather.
hhnarfe
Went to Weymouth
donaldcaplin
No local tour available.
drruthb
Trip to Stonehenge was 10 hours, most of which was on a bus. Tours were quite expensive.
davidivy
See about getting up to see BAth
jjelics
Very friendly and helpful people.
mldeaver
Take the Winchester tour.

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Portland Port Reviews

mwong911, 10/10/2015

Take the Winchester tour.

mldeaver, 10/10/2015

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