Visiting Port Lockroy

If you are coming to visit us at Port Lockroy then we have some useful information about the site itself, such as its layout and dos and don'ts when on the island. We also provide access to the Port Lockroy Antarctic Treaty Visitor Site Guide which you should read before you arrive. If you are planning a trip outside of an organised cruise then there also some guidelines which you must follow. Most of all we hope you enjoy your trip to Port Lockroy and our team there are looking forward to welcoming you.

Helpful Information

  • Visits to Port Lockroy are scheduled via the IAATO ship scheduler. During the summer months visits and changes to schedules are coordinated with the Port Lockroy Base Leader. 
  • Where possible, a member of the Port Lockroy team will be onboard ship prior to the landing to provide an introduction to the base and the visit.
  • At Port Lockroy we operate a post office and a small gift shop where visitor can send postcards around the world and buy souvenirs of their trip to Antarctica
  • The main currency in the gift shop and post office is US $ although UK £ and Euro € are also accepted.
  • We prefer credit card payment; we accept MasterCard and Visa only and the minimum spend is US $10 (all transactions charged in US$).
  • Visitors can post postcards and letters in the red letter box at Bransfield House. Please be aware these may take several weeks to arrive at their destination.

Building guide

The main base building is Bransfield House constructed in 1944. It was enlarged in 1952 and 1953. In 1958 the generator shed was added to the main building. 

Today the generator shed houses the gift shop and post office that funds the UKAHT. The whole building is operated as a museum and as a representative British science base from the 1950s. Visitors are encouraged to explore the building. A number of interpretation posters are on site and the Port Lockroy team are on hand to answer any questions. The smaller structure to the north of the island is the boatshed, constructed in 1958. Nowadays it is used for storage.

Click here to view the floor plan.

Please take note of the following during your visit:

  1. The preferred landing site is to the west of the island, near the old whaling mooring chains. There is a path that leads directly to Bransfield House.
  2. Ensure all outdoor clothing and boots are clean before entering the building. Please use the boot scrubber provided.
  3. The site is a historic site and monument and therefore overnight stays should not be made. Please do not handle, use or remove any artefacts.
  4. Please do not smoke or use matches, candles or stoves in or around the building.
  5. As part of the penguin monitoring study, half of the island is off limits. Please refer to the Antarctic Treaty visit site guide and ensure that visitors and staff do not enter the control colonies. The Port Lockroy team is also happy to advise.
  6. Leave a record of your visit in the visitor book and please report any damage to the hut or its contents or maintenance required to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust: info@ukaht.org
  7. If the Port Lockroy team is not on site then a cleaning kit will be left in the porch. Please ensure that the hut is clean on your departure and that snow/water is mopped up from the floors.
  8. Please ensure that all doors and windows are securely closed when you leave.

For all official guidelines and specific instructions please refer to the Port Lockroy Antarctic Treaty Visitor Site Guide.

 

Nissen Hut
Staff Accommodation

In 1944 a Nissen hut was built at Port Lockroy and used (for storage) throughout the bases operation. The original building collapsed sometime in the 1990s. The Nissen hut now on site is a replica of the original and was reconstructed in 2010 as accommodation for the seasonal staff. It is not part of the museum and therefore there is no entry to visitors. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the team.

Gentoo Penguins

When the base was established and during its operation until 1962 there were no nesting penguins on the island. It is thought that the gentoos that currently breed on the island first established a colony in 1985. The UKAHT carries out annual monitoring of the breeding success of the gentoos on behalf of the British Antarctic Survey. The study is ongoing since 1996 in order to determine the impact of tourism on their breeding success. Results from the study show that there is no discernible impact.

As part of the penguin study half of the island is off-limits to staff and visitors. Please ensure that you do not enter the control colonies. The Port Lockroy team will be happy to advise.

Discover Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy - The first British permanent base to be established on the Antarctic Peninsula in 1944.

Map of Antarctica
Port Lockroy (64º49’S, 63º30’W)

Port Lockroy is a sheltered harbour off the coast of Wiencke Island at the meeting point of three seaways which offer some of the most dramatic mountain and glacier scenery on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The hut, Base A, stands on Goudier Island (64º49’S, 63º30’W) in the east of the harbour.

Find out exactly where Port Lockroy is on a google map of Antarctica.

 

Our Films

We have compiled a series of films about various huts including Port Lockroy. They are information and briefing films which will give you a glimpse at the history of the sites and also useful insights on what to expect if you are lucky enough to visit them in person. We hope they help to bring these special places to life.

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