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Weymouth truly offers something for everyone and has an array of different activities to try. With everything from idyllic beaches to adventure parks, the town offers a jam-packed day out filled with fun and adventure. Weymouth is situated within a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey and is the third-largest town in the County.
This luxury Dorset lodge with a hot tub makes for the perfect base to explore the area. There is a rich cultural history surrounding the town, stretching back to around the 12th century. Read on to discover the top things to do when visiting Weymouth and why it should be added to your travel list for this summer.
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This beach stretches for over 18-miles, from West Bay to the bustling Portland town and is a unique and beautiful spot. The land is untamed and rugged with its shingle beach and winding coastline. When visiting Chesil, make sure to look for the Fleet Lagoon – an unmanned brackish bay that is home to the very rare mute swan colony. Chesil beach is a haven for wildlife due to its unmanned nature and is excellent for fishing, with mackerel being particularly common in the waters.
Nature takes precedent at Chesil Beach and the imposing views have inspired famous writers from across the country – with the most prominent pieces being J. Meade Falkner’s ‘MoonFleet’ and Ian McEwan’s ‘On Chesil Beach.’
Nothe Fort is one of the most impressive parts of Weymouth’s history and is very popular amongst tourists. Located at the end of the Nothe Peninsula, the fort was built between 1860 and 1872 and served to protect Weymouth harbour. Though abandoned in 1956, the fort was eventually bought by the Council and transformed into an impressive museum filled with interesting artifacts. It is now one of the best-preserved forts within the United Kingdom. When standing at the top of the fort the views are spectacular– and at just £9.50 for a day ticket this is an affordable yet memorable day out for the whole family.
Weymouth’s idyllic harbour is steeped in history and isi lined with colourful cottages and sail boats. Weymouth beach is just a few steps away and with its glorious sandy beaches and clear sea, this is a relaxing place to spend the day. The harbour houses plenty of bars and restaurants offering fresh local produce. We recommend ‘Les Enfants Teribbles,’ a seafood restaurant that has won multiple impressive awards for its food including Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice award.
The harbour also offers a variety of walks depending on what you fancy. Take a short and gentle stroll to Overcombe or try the coastal walk to Portland Bill Lighthouse for a longer, more challenging route. Whatever you feel like doing, Weymouth Harbour has something for you.
A riveting place for families, the Sealife Adventure Park houses over 2,000 sea creatures, from sharks to sea otters and has attractions for both children and adults. The new ‘Night & Day: 24-hour ocean tunnel’ is a magical attraction where you can observe sea creatures in the pitch blackness, making for a unique experience. Children can also enjoy the Caribbean Cove adventure play area, with its climbing frames and viewing spots – and even a shark tunnel! With under 3-s allowed in for free, Sealife is ideal for young families looking for a thrilling day out.
Weymouth is a lively town within Dorset and offers great variety in its attractions. There are plenty of excellent eateries, and Weymouth’s beach and harbour is a great place to relax and unwind after a crammed day of adventure. With its picturesque views and fun attractions for all, Weymouth is a no-brainer for those who crave an exhilarating UK holiday.