Weymouth in Dorset has been a sea-port for many centuries; the harbour is still a busy place supporting yachts, cruisers and fishing vessels. Visitors can also take a boat to the Channel Islands from the harbour.
Weymouth’s charming sheltered bay with three miles of sandy beach, lined with 18th century Georgian terrace houses
, is popular for swimming and watersports. The waters around the bay and at nearby Portland Harbour attract many watersport enthusiasts including divers. If you enjoy fishing you can book a deep sea fishing trip.
The 19th century fort (Nothe Fort) that dominates the harbour has been restored and houses a museum
with displays on military topics military vehicles and weapons. Other attractions you might like to visit include the Timewalk, Sea Life Park and Brewery days. The Sea Life Park in Lodmoor country Park is where you can get close to sharks and see a fantastic variety of wild life.
The Timewalk housed in Brewers Quay is an interesting walk through exhibition, with sounds and smells, it is educational and enjoyable, the exhibition highlights six centuries of Weymouth’s history. Brewery Quay was once a Victorian Brewery; it now contains a variety of shops, craft shops, restaurants as well as the Timewalk. At the Old Harbour you will find the Deep Sea Adventure this attraction tells of the origins of diving, you will learn about underwater exploration, the history of local shipwrecks. There is also an exhibition about the Titanic.
Weymouth has some good places to eat and drink, around the Old Harbour area you will find pubs where you can sit, relax with your drink and enjoy the view, perhaps of a passing private yacht! There are various small shops some selling arts and crafts as well as chain stores to look around. On the promenade there are amusement arcades, children’s rides etc. Weymouth is a great family resort with a safe beach and a variety of attractions to keep you occupied on your holiday.
To the South of Weymouth is Portland joined to the mainland by a causeway, four and a half miles by one and three quarter miles wide it attracts many visitors. Portland Museum is housed in two cottages and records the history of Portland with exhibitions on smuggling, local shipwrecks and quarrying. You will want to tour Portland’s lighthouse Portland Bill and perhaps climb the steps.
There are many excellent walks around Weymouth and Portland, much of Dorset’s countryside has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Weymouth is situated close to Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Poole it makes a perfect holiday base for exploring Dorset. There are various choices of accommodation from hotels bed &breakfasts and camp sites in and around Weymouth. If you prefer the freedom of self-catering holidays you will find holiday cottages and apartments. The Tourist Information Office should be able to supply you with more details.
Weymouth has a train station with a regular service for London
Waterloo and from other major UK destinations to Southampton Central where you can get a connection to Weymouth.