Weymouth and The Jurassic Coast
Weymouth sits central on the south Dorset coast and is the ideal location to base yourself in to discover all that the county has to offer along it’s spectacular Jurassic Coastline as well as inland where you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to visit, historic market towns, picturesque villages, little changed from the days of Thomas Hardy’s famous novels and spectacular unspoilt countryside.
Weymouth itself takes pride in being the countries first seaside holiday destination first made popular by King George lll who would bring his entire court to the town during the summer months in the latter part of the 17th century. This in turn encouraged many of his followers to spend holiday here and resulted in the spectacular Georgian and Victorian terraces that line Weymouth seafront including our lovely Brunswick Terrace. King George lll popularised sea bathing and he used to take to the waters in his bathing machine, a replica of which can be seen alongside the King’s Statue at the town end to the seafront. The original bathing machine can be seen in Weymouth Museum on the south side of Weymouth Old Harbour.
As well as all the fun activities you’d expect in a seaside town Weymouth has some superb attractions to visit and activities to take part in. A short walk eastwards along the Esplanade from the Lyndale will take you to Lodmoor Country Park. Here you will find the UK’s largest Sea Life Centre, Sandworld a fascinating attraction that celebrates the long tradition of sand sculpture we have here, Go Kart Racing and a miniature train ride around the park.
Head south along the Esplanade towards the Town Centre and Harbourside and you’ll find plenty of traditional harbourside pubs, cafes and top quality restaurants. The harbour is an ever changing scene with all types of craft from large and small boats from the local fishing fleet to the occasional Gin Palace you’ll probably want to add to your wish list for the future :-). Want to get out on the water yourself? We have you covered. You can take the traditional rowing boat ferry across the harbour, jump onboard one of the many pleasure boats for a trip around the bay or maybe try your hand at sea fishing on one of the many mackerel fishing trips or go further afield for for some deep sea fishing on one of the many charter vessels that operate out of the harbour. For the more adventurous why not have an adrenaline fueled trip on a Jet Ski or high powered Rib?
Don’t forget to cross the Town Bridge to the south side of the harbour. There’s plenty to take in including the Nothe Fort, Tudor House, Nothe Gardens plenty of pubs restaurants and cafes and The Old Town Hall in the heart of medieval Weymouth which often houses exhibitions and musical evenings.
With a huge programme of events happening throughout the year we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time whatever time of the year you choose to visit …