Port Lockroy

 For an introduction to Port Lockroy watch the new Port Lockroy briefing film here

Map of Port Lockroy. Courtesy of MAGIC, British Antarctic Survey

Port Lockroy is on Goudier Island (64º49’S, 63º30’W) in the Antarctic Peninsula. Following a conservation survey in 1994, British 'Base A' - Port Lockroy was recognised for its historical importance and designated as Historic Site and Monument No. 61 under the Antarctic Treaty. The buildings were renovated in 1996 by a team from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and since then opened to visitors during the Antarctic summer. See more about the restoration. This is made possible only by the proceeds of the small gift shop which all go towards renovation of historic sites in Antarctica. 

Port Lockroy is not only an important natural and historic environment, but also a destination for many from around the world who want to come and learn more about the Antarctic. One role of UKAHT in this is both as monitor and regulator. We consistently monitor through a long-term environmental study, now running for more than a decade, the impact of visitors to the site; and, in conjunction with that study, we regulate the number of visitors and ships visiting the area, as well as, in accordance with the Antarctic Treaty, imposing strict site guidelines to ensure the environment is properly cared for. Download the Antarctic Treaty Visitor Guide (760KB pdf file).

Bransfield House

The Trust also runs the post-office at Port Lockroy on behalf of the Government of the British Antarctic Territory which donates a proportion of the Post Office revenue to the Trust. Around 70,000 cards are posted each year for over 100 countries. Mail usually takes 2-6 weeks to arrive. There is no express service available!

Visitors to Port Lockroy are expected to adhere to the new Site Guidelines. The gentoo penguin population on Goudier Island has been monitored since the base was re-opened in 1996. Analysis of gentoo populations elsewhere in the Scotia Sea show that regional environmental factors are the major influence driving gentoo penguin population dynamics. The data, now spanning more than a decade, will help improve our knowledge of such factors and will also contribute towards improving understanding of other human pressures on Antarctic penguin populations.

Take a virtual tour of Port Lockroy, and see how it changes over the season with Port Lockroy 2014 team member Amy's timelapse of Bransfield House.

We are grateful for the close continuing co-operation with the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the British Antarctic Survey and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Download the Antarctic Treaty Port Lockroy Visitor Guide(760KB pdf file).

Download the Antarctic Heritage Trust Port Lockroy Information Sheet.

You can catch up with life at Port Lockroy by reading the Port Lockroy blogs.

Thanks to our Port Lockroy sponsors.

Find out how you can support the work of UKAHT.

Each year we recruit staff to work at the Museum at Port Lockroy.  We accept applications for the following season - keep a look out for the job advertisement!