A stunning, quintessentially British seaside town that is charming through and through, Weymouth holidays will provide the answer for those seeking a slice of the English coast. Sitting on historical land, with sandy beaches and a superb harbour, it’s an ideal destination for a family break or a summer getaway.
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.
Weymouth’s beachfront and esplanade provide a natural starting point for visitors looking to explore the town. Along the beach you’ll see families swimming and playing ball games, as well as kids watching the famous Punch and Judy that has been performed on the sand for over 30 years. The esplanade eventually joins the Legacy Trail that guides walkers into popular wildlife sites such as the Lorton Valley Nature Park.
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.
Kids and animal lovers will find the Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary the ideal place to spend a day, watching the underwater creatures and learning about their habitat. If you’re extremely lucky, you may even be able to spot dolphins in the harbour. Arguably the best time to spot them and the best time to embark on holidays to Weymouth are during the summer months between July and September. Another unique attraction in Weymouth is Sandworld, a sand sculpture centre that is open from April to November. The sculptures are the work of some of the best sand artists in the world and the kids will love gawping at the various, jaw-dropping results.
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.