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.

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.

How to Get There

Weymouth is easily accessible by bus, train and car. The Jurassic Coaster bus service stops at Weymouth, and 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.

For further information, visit our Travel page.

Weymouth Harbour
Weymouth Harbour. © Steve Belasco - stevebelasco.net

Car Parking & Facilities

Weymouth offers a  large choice of car parks both in town and on the harbourside. Visit Parkopedia for a full list and for information on charges.

There are numerous toilets available throughout Weymouth town and along the beachfront. Weymouth features a long promenade, and a flat sandy beach that is accessible by ramp, with matting available in some places.

Beach wheelchairs are free to hire with ID from beach control wardens located along the seafront. Accessible toilets are located throughout town and along the seafront.

There is a Changing Places Space toilet available at Kings Statue – DT4 7AN.

Weymouth Harbour

Beach Information & Dogs

Weymouth has a sheltered bay and sandy beaches. There are adjoining shingle beaches at Greenhill and Preston. Water sports are popular at Overcombe and Bowleaze Cove, further around the bay to the east of the town.

The gradual sloping seabed at Weymouth makes this one of the safest places to swim on the Jurassic Coast. Between May and September there are RNLI Lifeguards on patrol here, as well as First Aid, accessible facilities, Lost Children Services and Beach Attendants.

Dogs are not allowed on the main beach in Weymouth between Good Friday and 31 October. Dogs are permitted all year round within an allocated dog exercise area at the Pavilion end of the beach. There are no restrictions further East on the shingle beaches.

Deckchairs at Weymouth Beach - Andrew Nash
Deckchairs at Weymouth Beach. © Andrew Nash via Flickr.

Where to Stay

We recommend booking a cottage in or around Weymouth with one of our brilliant Business Partners such as holidaycottages.co.uk.

For a comprehensive list of local options, visit our Accommodation page.

Tall ship Pelican Weymouth Beach
Tall ship Pelican of London off Weymouth Beach. © Steve Belasco - stevebelasco.net

Things to Do

Weymouth Harbour night
Weymouth Harbour by night. © Steve Belasco - stevebelasco.net

Weymouth Beach

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 a great destination for a family day out, and there are always plenty of things to do, even on a rainy day.

Weymouth Beach
Weymouth Kite Festival, Weymouth Beach. © Steve Belasco - stevebelasco.net


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.

Sailing Portland Harbour
Juniors sailing RX Feva XLs in Portland Harbour. © Steve Belasco - stevebelasco.net

Need to Know: The Fleet Observer

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.

Fleet Observer
The Fleet Observer.