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4. Weymouth

Top 10 ten places to visit in South West England – Weymouth and Dorset


The classic seaside resort of Weymouth, with its beach and idyllic leisure harbour, nestles perfectly alongside the rugged Isle of Portland, the perfect place for visitors who just want to get away from it all.

Sheltered by Portland Bill from the prevailing south westerly weather, Weymouth sits snugly at the western side of Weymouth Bay, and has been chosen as the venue for the 2012 Olympics sailing events.

Weymouth is best enjoyed for its authentic charm as a traditional, British seaside resort. There’s a fine sandy beach, and the sea front and quayside are lined with pretty Georgian houses painted in a variety of pastel shades. Gentle rolling downs provide a backdrop to the north, and fishing boats operate from along the stone quay which lines the opening of the river Wey.

Weymouth’s reputation as a holiday destination began when King George III visited in 1789 – you can see his bathing machine in the old brewery complex, Brewer’s Quay. There is also an earlier American connection – the town of Salem in Massachusetts was founded by one John Endicott, who sailed from here in 1628.

There are plenty of good pubs in Weymouth, and some decent seafood restaurants. Much of the available accommodation is clustered together at the south end of the Esplanade, (the walkway running parallel to the beach) and overlooks the bay.

Why not take some time to wander round, sit on the beach and enjoy some fish and chips? You may see one of the huge Hydrofoils which provide fast crossings to the Channel Islands, manoeuvring close to the harbour and dwarfing the other boats. Condor Ferries

Here’s a summary of some things to do in Weymouth:

Weymouth Sea Life Park
Sharks, rays and an aviary.

Brewers Quay
An entertaining and educational exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing history.

Nothe Fort
Built between 1860 and 1872 to defend Portland harbour, and containing military themed displays.

Deep Sea Fishing Charters
Boat and skipper available for private hire.

Sailing Charters
Yacht and skipper available for private hire and sailing courses.

Weymouth Tourist Information Centre
Weymouth Tourist Information Centre
Kings Statue
The Esplanade
England, UK

Weymouth Tourist Information Centre
Opening Times:
Open 7 days a week
April to October, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
November to March, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Closed Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s day.

Weymouth Tourist Information Centre

T  +44 (0)1305 785747
F  +44 (0)1305 788092
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Accommodation and eating out in Weymouth

The Chatsworth Hotel/Guesthouse,

Cavendish House Hotel/Guesthouse,

Wilton Guest House,

Perry’s Seafood Restaurant, Trinity Road,

The Old Rooms Inn, Pub, Trinity Road

Nothe Tavern, Pub, Barrack Road 

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