Kitesurfers in Portland Harbour
A trip to Portland is made for water lovers. If you've always wanted to try a new water sport, take lessons from the pros at Portland's Official Test Centre. They'll teach you sailing techniques from novice to advanced levels. If sailing isn't your thing, you can also learn how to windsurf, kitesurf or even windfoil, where you ride a windsurf board with a hydrofoil attached to it.
Aerial view of Portland Bill Lighthouse
One of the best things to do when you go to Dorset is to take in its many million-dollar views. Head to the iconic red and white striped Portland Bill Lighthouse Visitor Centre, where 153 steps rewards you with a stunning 360-degree view of the isle. Or, stay at ground level and listen to the thunderous waves crashing against the cliff-lined shore.
History buffs should add Portland Castle to their Portland, Dorset travel itinerary. Learn all about Henry VIII's coastal fort, which was built in the 1540s to protect against former French and Spanish aggression and later played an important role in the two world wars. And as you wander throughout Portland, note the white-grey Portland limestone, still quarried on the island at Tout Quarry.
One of the best things to do in Dorset includes sampling the best of local fishermen's catches. This can include sea bass, mackerel, mullet, pollack, plaice, skate or turbot, along with lobster and crab. Whether you're in the mood for typical British take-away, such as fish and chips, or are looking for more elevated restaurants, you can always find something from the sea – with the added bonus of a beautiful view.
Wander down just about any street in Portland, and you'll find original artwork made by local artists and artisans. You'll find hand-printed materials, paper, bags, jewellery, sculptures, watercolours, mixed media work and more, often featuring sweeping views of the isle. If an edible souvenir is more to your liking, look for local wildflower honeys, jams and jellies.
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