Placed in the centre of the incredible English Channel Jurrasic Coast, a World Heritage Listed site, it has one of the largest man made harbours in the world. The area is eight miles from the seaside town of Weymouth on a massive rock that has been described as a northern Gibraltar for it is very like that massive rock in the Mediterranean.Chesil Beach itself, or Chesil Bank as it is also known, is an eighteen mile long stretch of shingle, one of three in the country.Two warders, brothers, (one of them the head warder) were first cousins of the writer, Thomas Hardy.The harbour and its breakwater today stands as a memorial to the work of both prisoners and warders and nowadays a joy to the modern world.The building of Portland Harbour started in the middle of the 1800's.The breakwater was largely constructed with stone extracted from the Public Works Quarries at the Grove by Portland prisoners under a very hard labour regime.Portland is only four miles long and one and half miles wide, but it packs a punch for location.
Nowadays the prison's correct title is HMP (Her Majesty's Prison) and HMYOI (Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institute) Portland. It is a short five minute walk overlooking beautiful Portland Harbour and the Breakwater.Check out the right hand column for an easy way of booking a hotel or perhaps self catering. Wessex Hotels has accommodation in both Portland and Weymouth including Portland Heights Hotel and Queen's Anne's House. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you! Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!Click the link above and there is a choice on the left lower down for Portland and other places in the area. If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!Pour en savoir plus, notamment sur les moyens de contrôle disponibles, consultez la Politique d’utilisation des cookies. Known correctly as the Isle of Portland it is not quite an island for Chesil Beach connects it to the mainland.
If you cannot get in there try Weymouth a delightful venue in its own right.