Portland Underground Hospital, Dorset
Back in 2008 my fellow explorers and I set out to report on the Portland Underground Hospital. First brought to our attention when we were only young, barely teenagers I believe.
It was the mid-nineties when the Portland Underground Hospital was uncovered and open to the public for a weekend of tours. I remember being amazed by the underground structure, and perhaps, this was the experience that would trigger my passion for exploring these forgotten places. After the tours were completed, steel gates were put on the tunnel entrances and access limited.
Fast-forward almost twenty years and history on the Underground Hospital is extremely rare. Without researching at local libraries I was at a loss searching online. As I understand, there were three tunnel entrances to the underground hospital although whether these tunnels joined to create one large underground complex is unclear.
During our explore of the hospital, we found a broken hatch which dropped us down inside a service/escape tunnel near the third entrance tunnel, unfortunately there was a collapsed roof section which stopped us going any further.
We finally had a bit of luck getting in to the second tunnel. The bars on the gate had been bent and there was enough room for us to squeeze through. However, our luck was short-lived and we could only explore so far in to the tunnel as we were met by a bricked up doorway.
We didn’t let it get to us and managed to get photos of the few items which had been left behind. Sinks, air conditioning unit and a few bits of furniture. What lies beyond the bricked-up doorway will no doubt remain a mystery, but you never know! Once again, another piece of fascinating Portland history that lies in ruins and uncared for.