Weymouth is one of Britain’s oldest resorts, made popular by George III whose statue graces the promenade. Today it is a compelling mixture of old and new. The fascinating harbour is surrounded by Georgian pubs and cottages and overlooked by the remains of a Tudor Fort, yet it houses modern yachts and cruisers that offer sea-trips as far as the Channel Islands and St Malo in France.
Along the promenade there are Victorian hotels and gardens as well as Weymouth’s modern attractions including theatres, a multi-screen cinema, ten pin bowling and plenty of pubs, restaurants and bars. Weymouth lies at the centre of an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by an award-winning heritage coastline of dramatic cliffs, quiet coves, shingle banks and sandy beaches and an inland landscape of patchwork fields and steeply rolling hills.
The resort stands in close proximity to Portland Bill, a remarkable promontory, with its stark and striking table of limestone, rare birds, famous lighthouse and fascinating fossils.
Further away lie the towns of Dorchester and Lyme Regis, as well as a number of sleepy but nonetheless welcoming villages. Here visitors may discover some of the history, architecture and natural beauty of Dorset, familiar to many as the ‘Wessex’ of Thomas Hardy’s novels.
Weymouth’s streets have lots of character, with many Georgian buildings interspersed with more modern structures. One of the town’s few remaining Tudor houses has been well-preserved and offers guided tours in the summer months. New Bond Street, St Thomas Street and St Mary Street form a large pedestrian area bursting with spacious modern shops and occasional street performances.
Beach and Gardens
Weymouth has a spectacular sandy beach which offers safe, clean bathing. Its surrounding coastline and sands contain innumerable fossils of fascinating scientific interest and is home to several rare species of birds and plants. The award-winning Greenhill Gardens, with brightly coloured borders and floral clock provide some of the best views across Weymouth Bay.