Water sports are a significant part of the culture in Weymouth, which is no surprise when you consider that the town hosted the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competitions. The water is your friend during holidays in Weymouth, whether it is splashing around at the foot of the golden sand, or zipping about on-board a speedy yacht.
History buffs should flock to Nothe Fort which played a vital role in World War II when the harbour was used as a base by troops of the United States and United Kingdom. The fort, which is now a museum, is the historic gateway to the town and provides a great educational insight into the history of the town, as well as supplying some fantastic views of the harbour.
If you’ve come with a loved one, and you equally love nature, Bennetts Water Gardens will be particularly interesting visit. Set over eight acres, this beautiful landscaped park boasts vibrant flowers such as water lilies, a picturesque Monet-style bridge, a woodland walk and a tropical house. Nearby coastal towns such as Bournemouth and Poole boast similar attractions, notably Brownsea Island, Arne RSPB Reserve and Poole Harbour.
The Isle of Portland is situated eight kilometres south of Weymouth and is the southernmost point of Dorset. Portland forms the centre of the Jurassic Coast and is extremely significant for its geology and landforms. You can enjoy jumping around the rugged terrain, hunting for fossils or relaxing on the beautiful strip that is Chesil Beach.
The Jurassic Coast is an expansive, dramatic and historic coastline and is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders. The cliffs that make up a large portion of the coastline are 180 million years old, possessing immense geological history. The coast is best enjoyed on foot, and there are many walking trails accessible from Weymouth. Those that want to get more involved in its Jurassic lures may want to join a fossil hunt, best experienced in nearby Lyme Regis, providing the perfect opportunity to add more unforgettable memories to your Weymouth holidays.