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 Weymouth holidays, whether it is splashing around at the foot of the golden sand, or zipping about on-board a speedy yacht.
With the rugged and dramatic coastline of the Isle of Portland just a stone’s throw away, and easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Jurassic Coast and the rest of Dorset, you’ll never run out of things to take advantage of in Weymouth.
A Room with a Sea View
Weymouth’s beachfront and esplanade provide a natural starting point for visitors looking to explore the town. You’ll find numerous 4-star hotels that offer views of the ocean, although you can’t beat the vistas and atmosphere from the beach itself. 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 British and US troops. 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.
For a little bit of Dorset tradition during Weymouth holidays you may want to book into a charming B&B hotel. There are a number of options dotted in and around the town, all providing typical friendly service, and most importantly, some local cream teas!
Getting to Know the Ocean
There are some fantastic educational centres around Weymouth that help to inform visitors of life below the waves. 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 spend holidays in 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 to 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.
Out and About in Weymouth
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 Natural Wonders of the World. 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 from your holidays in Weymouth.