There's lots to do at one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Visit the website
With spectacular views across Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour, YHA Portland sits at the north of the ‘island’, and is reached from the mainland via a causeway from Dorset’s famous Chesil Beach.
The Isle of Portland is the gateway to an array of activities like climbing, sailing, diving, wind surfing and sea-kayaking. The hostel is spectacularly situated so consider staying a night to spend a leisurely day exploring this extraordinary isle. Attractions include Henry VIII’s coastal fortress, the sculptures in Tout Quarry, and Portland Museum.
Why guests love YHA Portland
Accommodation at YHA Portland
YHA Portland has 32 beds in both dorm rooms and private rooms. The hostel has a slightly sloping garden, so please be careful if you're exploring.
Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four or five people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day, plus a bedside table and rugs on the floor.
There are two tents available at YHA Portland and bell tent guests will have full use of the hostel's facilities. YHA Portland's bell tents are available to book throughout the year for stays between Mid April and the end of September.
There is 24 hour access to the hostel for camping guests. Please note, you will only be able to check in between 5pm and 9pm. Guests are provided with an access code for the front door on check in.
There is one washroom/shower which is designated for campers on the ground floor. There are a further three communal showers and two toilets on the first floor and another toilet and shower on the ground floor.
There is a full self-catering kitchen within the hostel which can be used by camping guests. There is also an outdoor kitchen, with washing up facilities and a BBQ area.
Campers are able to bring their own BBQs. Please note: The area of land reserved for camping is positioned on a gentle slope.
The car parking is around the sides of the hostel so approximately three metres from the camping area. There is parking space next to the lawn area which could be used for small camper vans. Check with YHA Portland directly before booking.
Campfires are strictly prohibited.
Hire the whole place
This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.
Food and drink at YHA Portland
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
- En suite rooms available
- Camping and Cabins
Food & drink
- BBQ area
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Sole use
- YHA Exclusive Hire
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in: 17.00 - 21.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Parking: The car parking is around the sides of the hostel so approximately three metres from the camping area.
Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our bell tent accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Portland however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.
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YHA Exclusive Hire
Make YHA Portland your home for a few days by booking the whole place to yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details. Available for bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.
YHA School Trips
YHA Portland is the ideal place for a school trip that combines learning experiences with fun-filled activities. The Jurassic coast provides great opportunities for geography trips, whilst local beaches make it the perfect destination for water sports activities. This hostel holds up to 28 people and provides group catering and classroom facilities.
Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website.
Meet the team
Manager recommends: If you're on a south coast seaside break, take time to admire the panoramic views from the top of the island and visit Tout Quarry - an abandoned stone quarry that has been turned into an amazing sculpture park.
Explore the King Barrow Quarries Nature Reserve on Portland. The site hasn’t been worked for 100 years but the old quarrying methods have left behind a wealth of geological interest and a haven for rare plants, butterflies and wildlife. And the views across the mainland are striking!