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Portland Bill Camping

9.5

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General

  • Basic coastal with spectacular sea views
  • In a scenic clifftop location between Southwell and Portland Bill
  • Direct coast path access and a few minutes' walk from rockpool beaches

As a peninsula with a perimeter of just 13 miles, hardy hikers working their way around the South West Coast Path can tick off the Isle of Portland in about a day. Given its all-round prettiness, though, it would be a shame to be in such a rush when visiting Dorset's most unusual offshoot. A much better plan would be to stay for a while to sleep, swim and scout out wildlife – and that's where Portland Bill Camping comes in…

Located between Southwell and Portland Bill at the very tail end of the peninsula, this simple site has several big advantages, including direct access to the coast path, spectacular sea views from its clifftop position and splendidly quiet vibes (something ensured by the site's ban on loud music and noisy groups). Away from base, bathing spots, rockpools and a climbing wall are also accessible within a 20-minute stroll.

In terms of practicalities, it's worth noting that these family-friendly plots have access to portaloo toilets only. Dogs are allowed here throughout the season (as long as they're kept on leads). For dinner, there's both a pub and seafood restaurant within a mile's walk of base.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 202 reviews

 

98% would recommend this park to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  78% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Clean portaloos and water facilities08/28/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very spacious field and such a beautiful view

    Disliked: 

    The ground was quite hard and it took some hammering to get the pegs in and also bent quite a few pegs

From the manager...

Have to giggle at the comment about the ground….. Portland is made of Portland Stone, the majority of high class buildings in London were once buried here (Westminster Cathedral, Buckingham Palace etc). We’ve also had no rain for the last 3 months so the ground is baked hard! Maybe buy better pegs?

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Everything from view to facilities were 10/10. Highly recommended!08/28/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHolly S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The view was amazing! Owners were extremely welcoming. Toilets kept clean, even smelt lovely. Loved so much returned the following weekend.

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Close to the lighthouse.08/22/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Close to the lighthouse.

    Disliked: 

    No BBQ or fire allowed (I understand the dry weather, but somehow bbq allowed on nearby campsites.
    Dirty toilets.
    Loud music in tents after 10pm. Noone controls it. Shame….

From the manager...

You moaned as soon as you arrived onsite that we had no showers even though they’re not listed. As for fires and barbecues, I’d like to know where locally is allowing them as there is a Public Space Protection Order in force in our area (you would have driven past numerous council signs on your way here informing you of this). A fine from the council would have really made your stay!
Our toilets are Spotless! You’ve only got to read other reviews to see this.
I patrol the camp field personally every night and all visitors are asked to let me know if there is a problem with noise, I didn’t have any reports from you (or anyone else) and as I’m onsite all night I would have heard anything too loud.

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Excellent site with clean facilities lovely friendly staff.08/21/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomClaire T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We loved everything about this site was it simple yes but was it perfect for us absolutely. The view alone is worth the drive the lovely staff who were so polite and helpful you can see they take their responsibility seriously especially with the cleaning the toilets were always clean they always smelt clean I hate using those portable toilets but never minded once on this trio. We were able to go on the most breath taking walks along the hills towards the light house our six year old loved climbing along the rocks and the sea breeze was amazing. Apart from to take photos I didn't use my phone once it was lovely to sit there first thing in the morning with a nice cuppa and just watch the boats sail by. We will definitely be back next year my little girl was heartbroken when it was time to leave. If your looking for luxury then don't go here because that's not what this site is about this site is about taking a step back and just enjoying the beauty of the area if you love walking like we do then this is most definitely for you I can't wait to go back next year only we will be staying longer next time. If you get the chance to go make sure you walk down the side path towards tje back of the campsite and walk along the path there it really is the most spectacular walk ever.

    Disliked: 

    That I didn't book for a longer stay

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View to enjoy08/21/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAngela M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely site. Beautiful views. Lovely walks.

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Overall a lovely night spent at the site.08/16/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBen M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, views, friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    Toilets ran out of soap and water

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Will go again very well organised08/15/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJames M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great situation, clean toilets wonderful ly simple

    Disliked: 

    Some noisy campers playing their beat music but not late

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Stunning views, basic but clean08/15/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLucy J.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great site, amazing location

    Disliked: 

    Would have liked a shower, my fault for not reading up properly. A bit more information on where the coastal path was would be good.

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Great 2-night break with awesome views08/15/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatarzyna K.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location, views over the sea, great for hiking and admiring sunrises.

    Very clean facilities.

    Disliked: 

    No shower, but there is a drinking water tap and it is possible to use facilities at a sister site (which we didn't do, as we managed with just the tap on site).

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Wonderful views, lovely place to visit at a walking distance. …08/15/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBertha C.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Wonderful views, lovely place to visit at a walking distance. Check-in straight forward. Services were good. It did what it says in the tin.

    Disliked: 

    Some users were not very considerate of neighbours.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: one group at a time

Hand sanitizing stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 sites)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Portland Bill Road, Portland, Dorset, England, DT5 2JT
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.5232°N 2.4443°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Marks and Spencer — 9.8 kilometers
South Station — 20.7 kilometers
Red Lion — 29.8 kilometers
Train stations
Weymouth Rail Station — 10.3 kilometers
Upwey Rail Station — 14.0 kilometers
Dorchester South Rail Station — 20.7 kilometers
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 9.5 kilometers
Poole Ferry Terminal — 38.0 kilometers
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 38.7 kilometers
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 51.7 kilometers

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

In the immediate surrounding area, you can stroll into Southwell (20 minutes' walk) to take on its climbing wall, amble down to Portland Bill (20 minutes) to visit the lighthouse and its visitor centre or fly down to Portland Bird Observatory (15 minutes) to learn about local Dorset ornithology.

Pedestrians are also within striking distance of the ruins of Rufus Castle (30 minutes), although you might prefer to drive or cycle if you're heading further up the coast towards Portland Castle (10 minutes' drive) and Castletown D-Day Centre (10 minutes). You can also stick around in this northern part of the peninsula for chartered fishing trips and harbour tours (10 minutes), strolls around Victoria Gardens (10 minutes) or family-friendly treks with Portland Alpacas (10 minutes).

Over on the mainland, Weymouth (20 minutes) has galleries, gardens, beaches and shops to pootle around, plus out of town attractions like RSPB Lodmoor (30 minutes) and the Sea Life Centre aquarium (30 minutes). Portland Bill Camping is also an excellent base for jaunts to Abbotsbury (35 minutes), Maiden Castle (35 minutes) or Lyme Regis (an hour and five minutes).

Must see

  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (10.3 kilometers)
  • Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (11.4 kilometers)
  • Lulworth Heritage Centre (17.3 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Max Gate (20.7 kilometers)
  • Hardy's Cottage (23.3 kilometers)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

Portland Bill Camping cancelation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Portland Bill Camping will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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  • Does Portland Bill Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Portland Bill Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Portland Bill Camping? In the immediate surrounding area, you can stroll into Southwell (20 minutes' walk) to take on its climbing wall, amble down to Portland Bill (20 minutes) to visit the lighthouse and its … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Portland Bill Camping?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
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