Weymouth is situated halfway along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, world renowned for its geology and landforms. When you visit, a huge range of fantastic activities are available to you.
The resort was among the first modern tourist destinations, after King George III’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester built a grand residence in the town. The King made Weymouth his summer holiday residence on fourteen occasions between 1789 and 1805, even going down to take a dip in the sea in a bathing machine.
Weymouth is famous the world over as being a traditional family holiday resort. It features a lovely sandy beach, shallow waters and a picturesque working harbour teaming with bars and restaurants. When you have enjoyed a day at the beach, you can relax alongside the harbour where you will be able to see fishing boats returning with their catch and pleasure boats heading out into the bay.
Weymouth was the venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sailing events and it’s great fun to get out on the same stretch of water that was sailed by such inspirational Olympic athletes.
Weymouth is also home to a host of incredible attractions such as Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Sandsfoot Castle, Nothe Fort and Sandworld to name but a few. However, when you are in Weymouth, it’s incredibly easy to escape the hustle and bustle as the town is home to two RSPB Nature Reserves, Radipole Lake and Lodmoor. They are perfect places to walk, unwind and watch the array of birds that visit the area.
If you like to get out and enjoy the countryside, you can head to the South Dorset Downs, a steep ridge of chalk that separates Dorchester and Weymouth. The Ridgeway, as it is locally known, offers amazing views and great walking. Alternatively you can visit the sweeping and majestic Chesil Beach which inspired the author Ian McEwan.
When you visit Weymouth, it’s just a 15 minute drive over the Ridgeway to visit Poundbury. Make sure you add it to your itinerary!