“ Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The town is eight miles south of Dorchester, and five miles north of the Isle of Portland. Weymouth had a population of 51,760 in 2004, and is part of the borough of Weymouth and Portland. Weymouth and Portland have a history stretching back to the 12th century, with the area playing a part in the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas, the Georgian Era, and World War II. „
Weymouth is a large coastal town located on the South West coast of England. The town lies at the mouth of the River Wey and is situated in the far South of the county of Dorset. The town has a population of around fifty five thousand people. As this is a very popular spot with holiday makers the town can get very busy in the summer months when people come to enjoy the beauty of this part of England. There is a harbour at Weymouth that still sees a lot of passing trade and fishing used to be the main industry in the town a few hundred years back, now though tourism is the big money maker and the town has been steadily growing in popularity for many years now.
If you are planning a visit to Weymouth and are wanting some accommodation then you really are spoilt for choice. There are lots of hotels to choose from, some of the bigger more well established ones include The Bake House Hotel, The Hotel Rex and The Hotel Prince Regent. These all have good reputations for excellent rooms and good service. There are lots more hotels in the town ranging from large ones to small bed and breakfasts. There are quite a few holiday parks around Weymouth. Names such as Osmington Holiday Park, Chesil Holiday Park and also Littlesea are all names to look out for. These offer good cheap family accommodation and there is plenty to do on site for young and old alike.
As Weymouth is such a popular tourist destination there really is a wealth of attractions in the area. Weymouth Sea Life Park is always a popular choice, they have a huge selection of sea life here and there is plenty to enjoy, the main attraction is probably the shark tank! There is also the Brewers Quay. This is a Victorian brewery that has been redeveloped into a nice area with speciality shops, art galleries, craft centres and lots of other interesting little attractions, this is a great place to spend the afternoon. The beach is also a big attraction, in the summer months it gets very crowded but there tends to be lots going on ranging from donkey rides to watersports. The bay is also quite sheltered so it means the sea is perfect here for going swimming in.
The town has lots of shops ranging from large supermarkets to small gift shops. As this is a tourist resort there are lots of shops aimed at visitors. Plenty of places to see local arts and crafts and places to buy local souvenirs and gifts. There are also plenty of bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants. There really is a great mix of places to eat out, one of the best options though is to visit one of the fish and chips shops and walk along the beach eating them.
Weymouth really is a great tourist destination. Thousand of people visit the town each year simply because there is so much to see and do. The coastline in this part of the country really is special and there are some great beaches to explore. Next time you are heading for the South coast you really must go and give the town of Weymouth a visit.
As Weymouth resident due to a job relocation. I can honestly say it is a beautiful place to live. But if you are a young single professional looking to make to make friends and maybe meet someone just don't bother. It would be the ideal place to move if you have a family or if you are retiring.
Having just spent the best part of a week near Weymouth, Southern England, it seems somewhat appropriate to spend some time doing a review for the area and some of its attractions.
I stayed in Haven's Weymouth Bay Holiday Park in a mobile home, but I will review the park at a later date. For now I will concentrate on Weymouth and the surrounding area. Although Weymouth Bay Holiday Park is in the Weymouth area, it is actually based in a lovely little village called Preston. Our caravan was based near the edge of the site, as far away from the entertainment as you could possibly get, near to a lovely little 14th century church called St. Andrews. It really is a quaint church and it has all the features that you would expect from medieval church including the gargoyles, bells and graveyard. The bells still work even now - as somebody who's caravan was about 20 yards away I can guarantee it. Local amenities include several fish and chip shops, convenience stores and several country pubs serving good food. A local bus service goes to and from Weymouth on a regular basis.
I had never stayed at Weymouth before so we looked out for leaflets/booklets on the area. These were in plentiful supply. The best was a free magazine that I picked up in the chip shop. This magazine told us about Weymouth White Horse, which had been cut out in the hills closeby.The white horse is approximately is 260 foot long and 323 foot high and was built in 1807-8. So upon leaving our site we walked the short distance to a nearby village called Sutton Poyntz. This is such a lovely little village with a stream running through it. It also has Thatched Cottages, although that seems quite common in Dorset. My children loved walking over the 'stepping stones' whilst myself and my wife enjoyed a drink sitting outside the village pub.
Then the started our walk up the hill to find the horse. It was quite a warm day and my youngest is only four years old, so we couldn't walk too far. Walking up the hill was tough. We took our time and looked at the scenery and nature. The views are magnificent. It is hard to imagine that this port was responsible for bringing the black death to England in medieval times. I also saw many different birds and a few different types of butterfly. One other site that will live with me and my family is when we came face to face with a snake.Yes a bloody snake. In all my years, I have never come face to face with a snake before, except in the zoo. This beauty was staring right at us. I wasn't sure what type it was. It was about 18 inches long. I had heard about grass snakes before but they were green. I thought it may have been an adder, and it was only on my return home I could confirm this. So if you do go for a walk up the hills here, be careful. By this stage my four year old had been spooked and we never actually got to see the white horse - that is until we got back to the car and looked up. There it was in its full glory. We needn't have gone up the hill in the first place!!
So what else can I tell you about Weymouth besides the glorious views. Well naturally we went down to the seaside. At one end of the beach it was quite stoney, although there were some nice rock pools. There was also a mini fairground. Prices were quite well priced and the children enjoyed an hour on some small rides, and trampolines. Towards the other end of the beach and the harbour the beach was much sandier. In fact it was really soft and some foreign beaches would feel proud to have them. There were also a lot of cafe, chip shops etc. We spent a nice time eating Fish and Chips watching the boats. You can hire peddlos or boats, or take the easy route and pay for a ride out. You can go as far as the Channel Islands and France if you fancy that kind of thing - although I doubt you will get to France and back on a day trip.
As you would expect the area has all the major supermarkets, including three Tesco's but personally we went to a large Morrisons that had loads of parking and had everything we needed.
In summing up we loved the place a lot. We will definitely be going again. All these years we've been going abroad and didn't realise we had such a beautiful place on our doorstep. More English breaks from now on I reckon.
Fantastic beach? Georgian seafront? Picturesque harbour sprinkled with gently jostling fishing boats? English RIVIERA? And. according to these reviews, people go there regularly on holiday for a FORTNIGHT? Can there be possibly two Weymouths in Dorset, and does that mean that yesterday, I went and visited the wrong place??
Well on the (only) main road on the way in I did notice the gigantic Morrison's supermarket on the hill overlooking the town. The picturesque harbour was not so much a mooring place for charmingly-painted fishing boats as a large centre-of-town marina, packed with modern yachts and complete with two concrete block-shaped multi-story car-park eyesores adjacent. This harbour was exactly, EXACTLY like a municipal car-park for boats. And once we we were in the town proper, I couldn't help but notice the big scruffy retail centre with the Halfords, the Matalan and the KFC. Less said about the RSPB 'bird reserve' - sited, with apparently no intentional irony whatsoever - right beside the KFC - preserve of domestic ducks and staffed (around lunchtime, on Friday 2 October 2009, by a supremely dick-headed, supercilious pillock - I mean the dark baldy chap with the specs and the unfortunate manner) the better. As we were driving down the 'esplanade' on the way out of town - the one with the great big concrete sea-defence / barrier that obscures all view of the coast - we were channelled past a slightly tacky Pirates mini-golf adventure and a country park that looked like it would be south-west dogging-meet-central, after dark, and eventually into a residential area at the back of were the discretely-security-fenced gates of a gigantic holiday park from hell.
None of this quite marries with the 'beautiful Weymouth with bells on' I've read about in the previous dooyoo descriptions.
My over-riding impression of Weymouth - and once again, this is a personal viewpoint garnered during what was admittedly a very brief visit - was totally different. Although certainly, even over the few hours we spent there we did meet friendly, native Weymouthians who were very proud of their town, who'd lived there all their lives, and who were happy to tell us about it. But it's one of these places your frequently find in Britain these days, the natural beauty of which - sorry, Weymouth - seems to have been entirely wrecked by some eejit having built a medium-sized, ugly, sprawling and currently rather run-down town on top of it.
On paper it should be great. The town is situated in a large bay, sheltered at the western end by the Portland gravel spit - a continuation of Chesil beach - and bordered by white chalk cliffs to the east. There are two long, beautiful honey-coloured beaches in and just outside of the town, steeply-sloping as they're made up almost entirely of tiny to fist-sized chunks of smooth amber-coloured flint pebbles. The white cliffs and the dodgy-looking land-slipped area of grey cliff just outside the town tell you that this is all part of Dorset's Jurassic Coast - recently designated a World Heritage Site on account of it geological importance. You won't find many fossils on Weymouth's beaches, admittedly, as they're all flint, but it's material that's weathered out of the chalk so that's all right. On the beach itself there are little patches of damp sand lower down, between the tongues of flint, in which the kids can play at sandcastles. The sea is blue, the water is clear and looks clean, and in the sheltered bay in summer (I'm presuming in summer as well, though we visited in autumn, as it's a life-guarded swimming beach during the holiday season) the waves curl gently onto the shore. There is a block of modern, pastel-coloured beach huts on the out-of-town beach near some childrens' paddling pools, and a couple of picturesque painted wooden ice-cream huts there too.
And then beside all this loveliness you've got that blasted busy, busy road, the towering concrete-eyesore coastal defences and several of the tackiest possible trappings of an English 'seaside holiday' town - by which I mean that grim-looking town-edge carvery pub-restaurant, the doggers' favourite bleak country park and then as if looming in the distance, the knowledge that you're scarcely a mile from Stalag Holiday Camp 17. And what else goes on here at night? There is another RSPB reserve (not staffed, happily, this time) but the entry to the carpark is guarded by very closely-positioned, serious-looking concrete blocks - of the type you more usually see placed outside airports, to dissuade vehicle-based suicide bombers. They clearly take their 'defences' very seriously, in Weymouth, but this 'precaution' was so extreme, and severe (we quite literally couldn't get a standard Vauxhall Astra through the access gap for cars they'd left without hitting concrete with our side-mirrors) that it was, frankly a bit scary.
I can't easily imagine what's so heinous that could possibly go on in an out-of-town RSPB car park that it would require such an extreme form of deterrent to be put in place. This is not bloomin' Beirut! My imagination runs to - well. It can't be international terrorism, so I think it's better left unsaid. But it's put me even further off Weymouth, that.
Incidentally, I saw some 1930s Art Deco houses that were mostly in need of renovation, but nothing overtly Georgian during my visit. All gone to out-of-town shopping centres now, I expect.
Weymouth is the town that I grew up in, and spent the first 18years of my life living there, and I absolutely loved it. A traditional English seaside town, Weymouth is situated on the Dorset coast, about an hour west from Bournemouth, and 8 miles from the county town of Dorchester. It is now considered part of the Jurassic coast, and attracts many people, particularly to the outside villages of Fleet (the setting of Moonfleet) and Abbotsbury, where the Chesil beach starts.
Aside from the geological attraction, Weymouth's main appeal is the beach, which stretches from Bowleaze cove down to the pavillion. The beach is divided part way along by a rock mound, which divides the sandier part from the stonier part. Generally the beach gets busier towards the pavillion end, as this is where the attractions such as the helter skelter, punch and judy, and pedalos are. This is also the sandy part of the beach, and dogs are not allowed on here during May-September.
The stoney part, bowleaze side of the rocks, is suitable for dogs, provided they are kept under control, and also has many ice cream huts serving burgers and so on, and selling inflatables.
Aside from the beach, Weymouth has a great history, and the old brewing factory at Brewers Quay is worth a visit. To get to this requires a short walk along the picturesque harbour, where there are always a number of fishing boats in residence. When visiting Brewers Quay, I would recommend the Timewalk exhibition, which is a walk around various scenes detailing Weymouth's history around the Black Death period. The Discovery is also well worth a couple of hours- this is a type of science museum, which is perfect for children.
In addition, Brewers quay has many novelty shops, selling Dorset produce, as well as handmade jewellery and leather products. The sweet shop there is a must visit, as it is very traditional, and sells all the old style sweets.
The choice of places to eat in Weymouth is vast, there are the usual fast food places such as KFC and McDonalds, as well as a Prezzo, Wetherspoons and Yates. In addition, towards the quay are some exquisite seafood restaurants, although these aren't cheap. Slightly out of the town centre, along the Georgian seafront is Enzo's, an Italian restaurant, which is wonderful, and competitively priced, but does require booking during the summer.
During any stay in Weymouth, an ice cream from Rossi's is a must, this is an ice cream parlour selling traditional homemade italian ice cream, and is situated opposite the jubilee clock, near the underpass, on the seafront.
Shopping in Weymouth is good, we have the main high street stores such as Debenhams, Monsoon, Boots, Wh Smiths and Game, but for more varied shopping you are better travelling to Bournemouth, or Southampton, which is an hour and a half away.
Other attractions in Weymouth include the Sealife centre, which is towards Bowleaze cove, and is accessible either by foot along the esplanade, or the landtrain, which travels along the esplanade between Greenhill and the Jubilee clock in town. The Sealife centre is next to the park and ride car park, on the way into Weymouth, and is surrounded by a country park, where you can have bbqs and picnics, a miniature railway, and a pitch and putt golf course. There is also Pirate miniature golf, which is always popular.
Heading back into town there is a 9 screen Cineworld cinema, a bowling alley, a nature reserve, sharkeys adventure play area for children, the nothe fort, and daily boat trips. There is also the Condor which goes daily to Jersey, Guernesy and St Malo. This is around £25 per adult for a day trip. At Bowleaze cove there are also several watersports, such as jetskiing available.
Market day is Thursday, and it is held in the Swannery car park, near to the train station, and there is also a carboot every monday at Bowleaze cove between May bank holiday and September. Portland Market on a Tuesday is also worth a visit, and buses going there can be found in the town centre. Every late spring bank holiday there is the Trawlers Race, and Oyster festival at the harbour, where there are a lot of stalls set up, but it does tend to get rowdy as the day goes on. Also, every monday evening, at around 9pm throughout July and August, there are fireworks in Weymouth Bay, and quite often late night shopping. The fireworks are free to watch.
Weymouth is easily accessible by coach, rail and car (and boat from Jersey and Guernsey), the station is very central to the town, and is at most a five minute walk from the centre. The bus stations are along the seafront, so are also very central. If travelling by car it is best to use the park and ride at Greenhill, this is sign posted on your way into Weymouth, as the roads do tend to get very gridlocked. Alternatively, you can park at Bowleaze cove and walk along the esplanade, about a 20 minute walk.
Weymouth has quite a low level of crime, and is quite a small town. Most of the main hotels and bed and breakfasts are situated along the seafront, although there are plenty of campsites towards Chickerell and Fleet, as well as holiday parks at Bowleaze, and Lanehouse.
Overall, Weymouth is a lovely place to visit and to live, there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy whether is it raining or sunny, and transport links to nearby towns are very good.
Weymouth has always been one of my favourite seasides, and has a lot of benefits in addition to its areas of golden sand at one end and its shingly appearance at the other.
Next to the main car park, there is one of the best sea life centres I have been to - on at least 3 occassions and has a lot of different species, a children's play area and an outdoor pool for a quick splash.
There's also a museum to the brewing industry - Brewers Quay which is well worth a visit.
The beach is great and quite often radio 1 visits there for a roadshow during the Summer.
It's easily accessible by rail, bus or coach which are within walking distance of the sea front.
It is a place that you can explore - including the harbour area and Notte Fort (a fort built during the Napoleonic War and one which includes exhibitions from World War 2) - which overlooks the ferry terminal. It's well worth a visit. Exploring nearby there's Portland where you can walk up to the top of the lighthouse, Bovington Tank Museum, Abbotsbury Swannery, and Lulworth Cove.
I've stayed at Weymouth for holidays twice - once with my school at a hotel near the harbour and once at a caravan park. It's one of several seasides in Dorset, but its the one that I feel has most going for it.
Weymouth is a classic seaside resort in Dorset with a fantastic beach and beautiful harbour, which nestles perfectly alongside the Isle of Portland. Weymouth's fine Georgian seafront is an impressive backdrop to the long arc of fine golden sand. With a beautiful beach, esplanade, historic harbour, marina and nature reserve this gives the town a rejuvenated town a combining traditional and modern feel to create a special place to visit any time of the year.
Weymouth beach has been recognised as one of the top 10 UK beach destinations, which reflects their high standards of cleanliness, safety, information, facilities, water quality and environmental management. The seafront has a beach control centre which provides supervision of the beach and promenade for over 3 miles, together with a first aid and lost children centre.
***PLACES TO VISIT***
I haven't listed all the places to visit but I have listed a few great places which are popular in Weymouth.
* Lodmoor Country Park - is a fantastic 350 acre site which overlooks Weymouth bay and is a short walk from the town centre. This is a fantastic place for picnics; family days out and also include an RSPB nature reserve as well. Main attractions here include a Sealife Park, Mini Golf, Miniature Railway and more.
* Bennett's Water Gardens - This is a truly beautiful 8 acre place which has been landscaped to create a tranquil and relaxing walk around beautiful lakes with places to sit and unwind. There are beautiful Water Lily plants, Dragonflies, Kingfishers and also Wild Fowl are a common site here as well as all kinds of pond life.
* Brewers Quay - This is a beautiful redeveloped Victorian brewery which now contains wonderful and beautiful shops, cafes and bars. The shops in here are mainly beautiful craft shops, and hand-made products such as sweets and jam. This is a beautiful place to shop and to eat.
* Discovery Science Centre - includes fun for everyone from toddlers to grandparents there is over 65 exhibits to enjoy which include automatic train sets, shadow walls, weather stations and more. This is open all year and is located near Brewers Quay.
* Nothe Fort - This is a fantastic day out and is Weymouth's number 1 Historical Attraction. The fort is a beautiful building which contains displays and models recounting everyday life of Victorian and World War 2 soldiers. It also explains why the fort was built and will give visitors a clear idea on the history of coastal defence.
* Portland Bill - Has spectacular views and a remarkable history. The Lighthouse is opened to the public and visitors can be given a tour of the lighthouse and can climb all the stairs to the top to see the beautiful views surrounding the lighthouse and the bay.
* Sand Modeller - Weymouth is famous and well known for a fantastic sand sculptor called Mark Anderson who started creating these beautiful sand sculptures in 1988 with his Grandad. His work is truly spectacular and it's hard to believe he sculpts all these beautiful buildings and animals out of sand.
There are plenty of taxi firms based in and out of the town centre. There are also local buses which run to and from Weymouth to surrounding areas regularly, and they also have a large train station which is a short distance from the main town and is served by trains coming from London Waterloo and the heart of Wessex Line from Bristol and Bath.
There are plenty of places to park in and around Weymouth. Most of these car parks are pay and display but all are a short walk from the main town and are easily accessible. You can purchase season tickets for parking and there are also allocated spaces for disabled users and mother and baby parking as well.
There are places based in and out of Weymouth which are suitable for everyone and to suit everyone's needs. There are guest houses to suit all sizes and budgets which are located in the town centre or just outside the centre if you want a little more peach and quiet. There are gorgeous hotels and Bed & Breakfast along the seafront which looks out onto the gorgeous sandy beach.
You can also stay in self catering flats and houses which are located in the town centre or just outside. They also have some fantastic camping sites and caravan parks as well.
I went on holiday with my Parents, Sister and Nephew, and we stayed in a beautiful self-catering house which was a short walk from Brewers Quay and about a 5 minute walk from the harbour and town. This was very convenient as we didn't need to use any transport to get to and from the town or to and from the beach as they were all within walking distance. The house we stayed at was beautifully furnished and was very clean. This was booked through www.dream-cottages.co.uk which is Dorset's largest Cottage Agency. We have also used them in previous years and are always pleased with the places they provide.
***EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT***
There are many events and lots of entertainment throughout the year and you can always check on the website what events are happening when on www.visitweymouth.co.uk. The particular 2 weeks I was down Weymouth which was 12th June - 19th June, there was an Armed Forces Day and Service of Remembrance. This included a military vehicle display, a beach assault with bridge building, Charity and Awareness stalls, an open air church service with a parade and vehicle convoy. This parade includes marching bands, Veterans and military vehicles, and this year I saw the Spit-Fire and Hurricane fly over the bay.
They have many more events during the year including Guy Fawkes Night, Lifeboat Week, Volleyball games, Maritime modelling Festival, Weymouth Carnival and lots more.
***WEYMOUTH TOWN CENTRE***
Weymouth has a large town with plenty of shops including popular high-street brands such as New Look, Debenhams, WHSmith, Monsoon and many more. They also have some beautiful craft shops and some lovely bars and restaurants as well as arcades along the seafront. All the shops are very located near each other so there isn't a great deal of walking to do, to get from shop to shop. They have a 99p shop which is very popular and gets very busy during the day. They also have a Tesco and an Iceland in the town and there is a large 24hr Asda, 10min walk from the main town.
I, my sister, and her boyfriend went out into the town on a Saturday night for a few drinks and we had quite a good time in some of the local bars and pubs. They have a Yates and Wetherpoons in the town but we went to a beautiful modern bar called Dolce Vita, which had plenty of space to sit down and the drinks were reasonably cheap as well. We then moved onto a large pub for another drink, which was also quite nice but me and my sister were shocked that all the glasses and were plastic and you weren't allowed to drink out of any glass bottles. I'm guessing this is just due to health and safety maybe in case they get any trouble in there.
Although there are quite a few small side streets and the paths are small there is good access for disabled users and for people with push-chairs. This town is definately disabled and fmaily friendly with a majority of ramps every-where you go including ramps to and from the beach.
Visitors have already started booking accommodation for 2012 when Weymouth and Portland will host all events for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games. The waters are credited by the Royal Yachting Association as the best in Europe.
***MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE***
I and my family enjoyed every minute down here. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed looking in all the craft shops and other historical features of the town. The weather was so nice we managed to get on the beach for a few days which was beautiful, as the tide goes out quite a long way and you can walk quite a distance out on the beautiful, golden sand. I always saw life-guards and other staff on the beach offering water to people who were on the beach. You can also hire deckchairs and sun loungers as well.
A short walk from where we stayed is a beautiful place called Newton's Cove where they have lovely rock-pools when the tide is out. I and my sister enjoyed looking in the rock pools and collecting shells for my nephew. We also walked round the fort and saw the amazing, beautiful views out along the bay and out to sea.
Brewers Quay is a beautiful place, and I always find the items in the shop inspiring and beautiful. They do some beautiful gifts in these shops, which are perfect for taking home to other family members or friends.
I thoroughly enjoyed the veterans and vehicle parade. This was inspiring and also very entertaining. It was amazing to see all the old veterans marching who had fought in the war and listening to all the different bands was beautiful. My nephew also enjoyed watching the tanks and other vehicles coming onto the beach and driving over the bridge the military team had built.
I thoroughly enjoyed Weymouth this year and would love to go again. I would love to visit more places outside of Weymouth and learn more about the history of the place and the surrounding attractions. I think this is a wonderful place to go to and there are things for all the family to enjoy, where it's sigh-seeing or learning about the history of the area, it will be an enjoyable experience. I would also go here with some friends for some time away as well, as I think they would also enjoy it here.
I did how-ever find a lot of the people here were quite rude in the sense that they don't say please or thank you and their customer service in the shops are quite poor. My sister also had issue when pushing the buggy around as people were quite rude and didn't move out the way and when she asked politely if she could get passed they would give her evil and nasty looks. I also found that people don't hold door's open for you and other small things like that!
There is some beautiful accommodation around Weymouth and there is plenty of accommodation to suit everyone whether you are just staying for the weekend or longer. I would strongly recommend looking on Dream cottages website at accommodation they offer. The Harbour is a beautiful place to visit during the day and during the evening as well. It looks beautiful at night when everything is lit up and it's lovely to have a drink at one of the pubs next to the harbour.
(Review also on ciao)
We have been to weymouth twice now for two weeks each time and really enjoyed both times.
There is plenty to do in weymouth to keep all ages entertained.
The attractions we vistied in weymouth were the time walk and the weymouth museum both of which are situated in brewers quay and northe fort. The time walk is good especially for younger children. The museum is made up of two rooms but is free entry. The northe fort was good too and we spent quite while in there. We can also recommend the cup of tea and tea cakes which we had from the cafe.
Weymouth is also pretty good for shopping. We especially loved looking in the shops in brewers quay. There are also plenty of big named shops too such as marks and spencers, whsmith, wilkinsons etc.
A few times a day you can view the town bridge opening to let the taller boats through. Another spectacle to view is watching the massive condor ferry turn around in the harbour entrance. I don't know how it manages not to hit anything!
There is also a cinema in weymouth however we didnt visit it so cant comment.
There are also plenty of resturants and pubs round the town.
The main attraction of course is the beach. This is clean and tidy. On the beach is the free punch and judy and a selection of rides. Pedeloes are also available to hire.
Overall weymouth is a goood place to visit.
I havnt been to many places for a holiday in the UK but Weymouth is a place i've been to alot as my dad is absolutely in love with the places. I love weymouth, to me it caters to all.
Just to name a few attractive and appealing things about the place, theres a beautiful beach, gorgeous harbour, amusements, shops big and small, sealife centre, endless bed and breakfasts and pubs.. the list really is endless. Its perfect for a shortbreak away from the reality of normal every day to day life, for a family or break or even just a friends week or weekend away.
If a family break there is plenty to keep all amused and entertained, but I would say only for a short break.. the beach is an attraction for all Kids love it and of course its lovely and relaxing for adults as well so perfect for a family. Amusements for the kids to keep them busy and occupied, yes you will have to drag them away. All different bed and breakfasts, I have stayed in quite a few by the sea and further away, all lovely really. If its a weekend away for friends to just have a laugh, well you would have no trouble at all trying to find somewhere to drink there is pubs EVERYWHERE, not sure on clubs but most definitely a pub everywhere for anyone.
I visited Weymouth and Portland Bay 2 weeks ago whilst on holiday and i've gota to say that, Weymouth isn't really that interesting. Yes, its got a sandy beach which has a lot to say for itself, it leads itself to the public because around Dorset most of the beach's are shingles. But its' just another fun-filled town, full of tourists. If you are looking for a good comparison try comparing it with Blackpool. Especially when they turn on the lights. One gets a sudden rush of thinking whey hey "Blackpool" as ours friends said! However before our trip to Weymouth i visited....Portland Bay... The lighthouse at Portland Bay is WELL worth looking at. It coast around £5 for a family ticket if my memory serves me right!Although my advice to you is not to take smaller children as it is a little boring. There are also quite a few steps to climb up to the top of the lighthouse, but by the time you reach the top you get some "breathtaking" veiws, its well worth the visit and you also get your own guided tour. The tour lasts around 15/30 minutes and you have the opertunity to ask questions as you go around.May i also reccommend that you take the kites for the children it keeps them well occupied and on a windy day - as it was - they fly really well. Off the Subject and back to Weymouth - you take the road along "Chisel Beach" which is the long strech of sand/beach situated between Portland Bay onwards as far as Charmouth. The sea is litarally blue and is very clear. Its not as dirty as some beach's you come across. Thats probally because its the english channel/Atlantic Ocean. When we visited Weymouth - there was the carnival taking place. We stayed till 10pm at night to watch the wonderful fireworks display. They lasted for about 15minutes and they were set off from a pontoon on the harbor. The only disadvantage to all this was the amount of people there - 10,000 people packed the beach at Wey
mouth on that Monday - all walking around the busy seaside town, and visiting the Fun Fair and eating candy floss and ice cream. The town - the town is very big and it has many shops some of which include:- a 3 storey New Look, lots of the small gift shops, Sports Shops and down in the South its a surfer's heaven - wonderful for me! Selling goods like O'neill, Gul, Animal, Billabong etc. There is a large WHSmiths and plenty of Music shops. May i also take this time to tell you about the Statue that is situated outside one of the Banks. She is dressed in Gold and is a real life statue! - i Hope that makes sense to you - ! I think Weymouth is perhaps the best sea side town i have visited in many years, and i shall probally return. Every if it looks like Blackpool! And a word of advice - buy your inflatable boats/dingys/rings from the shop opposite the harbor - its a newsagents and the prices are the best i saw around Dorset! Hope you'll consider going and having the "time of your life" Sign my guestbook!!
And here the train journey ends. All passengers must disembark and change on platform 2. Weymouth, a popular seaside town, with a large influx of tourist each day. There is more to this seaside town than meets the eye, and a stroll away from the shops and ice cream vendors, allows you to see some of the most natural beauty England has to offer. Portland Harbour, merely a few miles away from Weymouth. One of the largest man made harbours in the World. Famous for its navy warships conducting exercises in the safety of the enclosed waters, controlled from HMS OSPREY, the naval shore establishment based at the foot of Portland’s sturdy rock. Still, a bit about the commercial side of Weymouth first. Less than 10 miles drive from Dorchester, the main town of Dorset, lies Weymouth, a town where hustle and bustle had no meaning. Much in character of the Dorset way of life, Weymouth’s town folk are pretty friendly and laid back in their mannerisms. Helpful and chatty, you have no problem of getting directions if you’re lost. The town centre itself is a cramped oasis of shops, with all the normal high street outlets and many curiosity shops, where unique little gifts may be purchased for those members of the family who are a pain to buy for! The skyline of the town centre is dominated by the sturdy Portland stone built buildings, mainly B&B or small hotels. Stretching back almost 2 century’s, these buildings proudly line the esplanade with superb views overlooking the bay. Following the sea front to the east, you have the Sea Life Centre, which has been there for almost 20 years. One of the original aquarium based Sea Life centres, boasts all the amenities you would expect, octopus shark etc. Across the road, the large breakwater protects the shores of Weymouth, form the impending winter storms that attack the shores with ferocity of a charging Rhin
o. The beaches stretch for appx 2 miles and you will never have a problem finding a place to lay your towel (that may put Germans off coming here!) Restaurants are plentiful, with the normal burger chains having their prominent positions close to the shops. Pizza hut also, and many more speciality restaurants, Italian, Indian and Chinese etc. Amusement arcades still exist here. One of them has the old penny falls machine, you know the one, with the arms that push your coin ever closer to the edge, hoping that it pushes stacks more off, so you can put them all back again! What I like most about Weymouth is the nightlife. Many pubs that come alive with a buzz at night. Around the old harbour side there is many different restaurants and pubs, music at an acceptable level (if you are young, probably an unacceptable level due to not being too loud!) Across the water, looking through the yachts, the adjacent harbour wall has some more upmarket wine bar style pubs, with character and charm. A new development of some old mill, about 5 – 10 mins walk introduces you to craft shops and more expensive pubs. That’s Weymouth! Chesil beach, a phenomenon of nature, is but a 30-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride from Weymouth town centre. If you have never seen Nature, with all her mystique, charm and mystery, then you will here. Stand on top of Chesil Beach and look to distant horizons. For as far as the eye can see, you have a dry stone wall that protects the Dorset coastline from the invading seas. This natural sea wall a phenomenon of unbelievable proportions, each stone ranging from large at one end to small at the other. I am not sure of the length of this wall, but would guess at some 10 miles plus. I wont tell you anymore here, as I see an op on Chesil beach coming this way soon. Angus
And here is the issue. When Weymouth is experienced from the outside, as a tourist or a passer by, who will only stay a few days or maybe weeks, it seems as if it is heaven. And the truth is that Weymouth does get a fair bit more sunshine than most parts of England. The sea, the esplanade, the coffee shops and the pubs, the amusements and the numerous (soft-core) family attractions, function well to satisfy every tourist. I think though that if you are considering staying in Weymouth for a little longer, let us say between 15 and 36 months, the case maybe a little bit different. I had lived in Weymouth for 2 years, two years ago, and the truth is that the weather does become extremely unpleasant in the winter, with all the sand flying in your eyes, and the surprisingly strong wind violently whipping your face with rain. In addition to that once you have seen every attraction once, and it only takes 7 days to walk and learn all of Weymouth, you may find it a little bit difficult to find things to entertain you for the rest weeks of the year. (Unless the only way of fun that you can think of is getting wrecked down the pub, shortage of which there is none in Weymouth, thank god) The new 10-12-16-45 i -dont -know -how many -screen multiplex cinema that opened (and forced the old and famous one screened PICTUREDROME OF WEYMOUTH out of bussiness) may provide some enterainment but again the selection of films is based on extremely poor criteria. Do not get me wrong. I have the fondest memories of Weymouth and I had the greatest time ever while I was there, this is only a heed of warning, from a semi insider, to everyone out there who is considering moving in Weymouth for a while: Ask around before you move in and get the complete picture...
Weymouth is a traditional seaside resort in South Dorset; there is a lot more to Weymouth than meets the eye. Lets start with the beaches picture this an award winning clean golden beach, where children can play happily whilst you can soak up the sun. The beach has loads of fun rides and activities for children such as a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides, swing boats, a merry go round, trampolines, a helter skelter, a volleyball court and pedaloes. Your kids will be perfectly safe as the beach is regularly patrolled and there is a first aid centre and a lost children centre. Just across from the beach is the esplanade where there are plenty of souvenir shops, cafes, pubs and even a land train that takes you along the seafront right to Lodmoor Country Park. Entertainment in Weymouth is plentiful you will be spoilt for choice bowling, bingo, karaoke, shows, restaurants, even most of the local pubs have some form of free entertainment. Weymouth has a pavilion complex, which has entertainment all year round to suit every taste. Weymouth has plenty of things to do and see, why not visit the Brewers Quay it's an award winning attraction see and hear 600 years of Weymouth's history. Visit the shopping and craft village it has about 15 specialist shops, there is also a hands on science centre for the kids. Weymouth has to many attractions to list but here are a few, Ferry's leave Weymouth every day to St Malo and the Channel Islands. Visit The Nothe a fully restored coastal fortress. Visit Lodmoor country park it has 350 acres of fun for the whole family, a sealife centre, go karts, a model village, mini golf, miniature railway, plus plenty of picnic and BBQ stands. For the more adventurous why not explore the RSPB nature reserve a whole host of birds can be seen. These are just a few there are plenty more attractions in and around Weymouth. The choice of accommodation is great plenty of hotels, ho
liday flats, cottages, self-catering and touring parks. Weymouth is a great UK destination especially if you have children. Because Weymouth is in Dorset the weather is normally pretty good.
well...........not quite but read on.... For families, Weymouth makes a popular and sensible holiday destination with its famous beach and attractive location on the sunny Dorset coast. This has been well documented. However, whether in or out of season, why not try Weymouth for a weekend away? The pubs in Weymouth put most towns to shame. A stroll along the harbour front soon puts you in the picture. Particular favourites are the George Inn (superb food) and the Ship. However, walking back towards the town centre you will discover a myriad of other local hosteleries. Chain pubs are catered for with a Hogshead and a Wetherspoons. If cheap cocktail bars are your thing then head along to Bar 2012. Most Saturday nights from 6-9pm cocktails are half-price and if you are staying until Monday check out the Sunday night promotion (half price cocktails all night!) If bitter is your tipple then you will find Weymouth a perfect venue for trying out the local flavours. One of the local brewers, Badger, produces the delightful Tangle Foot bitter as well as a superb range of Specials and Smooths. For the Sunday try exploring the outskirts of the Town (to relieve the hangover). The more adventurous should visit the famous Chesil Beach or the Isle Of Portland and the famous lighthouse at its southern tip (Portland Bill). Also recommended would be a visit to nearby Wyke Regis (a charming example of a traditional Dorset village). Further afield, select from the Isle of Purbeck (Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove) or the nature reserve at Studland. All in all a perfect way to spend a relaxing weekend with friends or your partner.
For those of you considering a holiday in Britain, Weymouth may be the right place for you. Firstly there is a wide range of accommodation available, be it holiday parks or a rented house on the beach front. There is also plenty to do with museums ten a penny and other attractions such as the Portland bill light house, which has its lantern room open to the public (if you can stand the 130 or so steps). The rock faces are pretty challenging in places, for those of you who like the climb and there also plenty going on in the way of windsurfing, canoeing and jet-skiing. The town centre is a clean, modern district with a variety of shops, what's more there is a specified cycle link into the town, so you can leave the car at home. The beaches, despite being stony are very clean, due to the presence of litter crews who regularly sweep the beach. The only disappointing thing is the lack of a decent nightclub and good waves.