Portland & the Dorset coast, fascinating places to explore!

The Heights Hotel is set on the island of Portland in Dorset and benefits from being close to some spectacular places with  breath-taking scenery. There is a Visitor Information Centre in the hotel where you can get tickets, advice and assistance in planning your visit. – Please e mail Mike in the centre if you would like assistance in planning your activities.  On this page we’ve listed some of our favourite places…


Isle of Portland

Explore the Island, famous for 3 lighthouses, the most famous being Portland Bill. With a castle, museum and wonderful round island walks Portland is an ideal base for exploring.
View Map of Portland PDF

Weymouth Dorset


Just across the causeway from Portland, Weymouth has a beautiful safe sandy beach. With shops and attractions you can spend a fun filled day in this Victorian seaside resort.


Chesil Beach & UNESCO World Heritage Coast

Please click here to learn more about the World Heritage Coast.

portland castle

Castles and Museums

Portland Castle, Rufus Castle and Bow and Arrow Castle are all on the Island, along with an interesting museum noted in Thomas Hardys novel ‘Well Beloved’ as Avices Cottage.


Gardens & Swannery

Discover Dorset’s gardens and Abbotsbury Swannery. Athelhampton house, Mapperton Estate, Abbotsbury sub tropical gardens and Bennetts water gardens are just a election of quality gardens in the local area.



Portland is a perfect location to enjoy many outdoor activities. Famous for sailing (2012 Olympic sailing held in Portland Harbour), kitesurfing, sailboarding, diving, climbing, horse riding and many more outdoor leisure pursuits.
View Map of Portland PDF


Shopping & Markets

Portland has some unique shops in the village of Easton. Over the causeway is Weymouth and to the South is the County Town of Dorchester with excellent shopping with a selection of department stores and local & national retailers.

Sealife Centre Weymouth

Visit the Sealife Centre  in Weymouth during your stay.  The information centre in the hotel can offer you brochures and up to date details on the current attractions and feeding times. – A great day out!