The 9-metre-high (30 ft) lighthouse was built at Battery Point by the Chance Brothers of Smethwick. It consists of a black metal pyramid on a concrete base.
A two tonne fog bell, cast by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon, which used to hang on the structure was removed in 1998. Following public campaigning for restoration the bell was acquired by Portishead Town Council and returned to the town in 2012. It will be installed in Wyndham Way close to the High Street
The lighthouse is currently maintained by the Bristol Port Company. The light was refurbished in 2012