Weymouth

Boats moored at Weymouth
Boats moored at Weymouth. Photo: Mark Simons

Weymouth has long been one of the most popular seaside resorts in Britain – holidaymakers have been flocking to this corner of Dorset since King George III was a regular visitor more than 200 years ago. It isn’t hard to see why – the sheltered, shallow waters of its golden sandy beach are ideal for bathing, and Weymouth enjoys more sunshine than anywhere else in England, even in winter.

The fine Georgian esplanade makes an impressive backdrop to the long arc of sand that is Weymouth beach. The seafront houses a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and small specialist shops. Weymouth is also one of the most popular sailing destinations on the south coast. Nearby Portland Harbour is home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, which was host to the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Weymouth’s central position also makes it a great base from which to visit the Jurassic Coast, with much of the coastline in both directions easily accessible. The Jurassic Skyline tower, the tallest structure for miles around, is a great way to view the coastline. Rising to a height of 53 metres, the tower offers unrivaled views, and on a clear day it’s possible to see more than 16 miles.

The Jurassic Skyline tower is the tallest structure on the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Skyline tower is the tallest structure on the Jurassic Coast

Getting there

  • The Jurassic Coaster bus service stops at Weymouth. There are also buses from Dorchester.
  • Weymouth railway station has a direct line to London Waterloo, as well as connections to Bristol and Bath.
  • By road Weymouth is reached via the A354 which runs south from Dorchester. The A353 connects Weymouth with villages further east and the Isle of Purbeck.

Need to know

During the summer months you can take a trip on the glass-bottomed Fleet Observer from the Chesil Beach Centre – a great way to examine the marine life of the Fleet more closely. Weymouth is a great destination for a family day out, there’s always plenty of things to do in Weymouth even on a rainy day.