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Lighthouse Cottages To Become Visitor Attraction

Portland Bill Lighthouse

7:23am 17th October 2014

The old lighthouse keeper's cottages at Portland Bill are going to be turned into a new tourist attraction.

Trinity House has agreed a lease with the Crown Estate.

They want to rejuvenate the cottages to create a new visitor experience.

Portland Bill Lighthouse has been popular with visitors for many years but their experience has been limited to the lighthouse.

The new centre will aim to engage visitors in the history, workings and importance of aids to navigation such as lighthouses and fog signals and the people who made it all work.

The displays will demonstrate modern aids to navigation and why as an island nation, dependent on the sea for trade, they remain of critical importance to the safety.

Neil Jacobson, Portfolio Manager for the South of England at The Crown Estate, said: "We are delighted that we have been able to agree a lease with Trinity House, building upon the progress made since 1997 when the centre first opened. This is a great example of how we can work with our tenants to both fulfil our commercial mandate and benefit local communities."

The new centre will be created in the coming months and will open by Easter 2015.

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