Attractions and Things to Do in Weymouth

There’s a fun day out to be had in Weymouth – come rain or shine!

Whether you’re coming to visit us for a day, a long weekend or even longer, there are plenty of fun activities and attractions to keep you busy here in Weymouth.

During the Summer peak season the beaches are always a lively place to explore with Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and ice cream vans selling their wares. The more adventurous amongst you might try your hand at some water sports, whilst others might prefer to simply hire a deck chair and soak in the glorious sights of ‘England’s Naples’.

If you happen to be visiting us during the low season you’ll find that the beach is a little quieter, but this also means that your room rates are likely to be much lower too! Most of Weymouth’s best restaurants stay open throughout Winter and, despite the chilly breeze, there are a variety of walks that both young and old can enjoy along the seafront and out to the Isle of Portland. Should the rain pour then your holiday won’t be a washout, as there are a number of excellent indoor activities that should still put a smile on your face.

Check out these ideas for things to do in Weymouth:

MFA Bowl Weymouth

Whether you’ve got the barriers up or down, everyone likes having a go at ten pin bowling and MFA Bowl Weymouth offers the chance to do so in a truly modern environment. 18 lanes are open to the public at this recently built alley which has a restaurant on-site, so if the rain’s really coming down you can stay in there all day if you wish!

Families can bowl from £30, kids for £5.50 and adults for £5.95.

Weymouth Museum

Journey back in time at this charming little museum in the centre of Weymouth where you can discover all about the town’s interesting maritime history including stories of shipwrecks and pirates that are bound to interest young and old alike. The museum is full of relics from Weymouth’s past including paintings, toys and ship models.

Adults pay only £1 for entry and kids go free.

Weymouth 4 Kids Treasure Trail

Arm yourself with a treasure map and take yourself on a 2-hour long ramble around Weymouth and see how many sights you can spot. Treasure trails are a great way to get kids (small and big alike!) excited to explore a new place. Simply download and print off the trail from the Treasure Trail website and get set for 2 hours of exploration, clue solving and treasure spotting!

Treasure Hunt Trails can be purchased online for £6.99.

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park

A trip to Weymouth’s only aquarium is bound to get the kids excited, especially when they get the chance to spot jelly-fish, the cute Fairy Penguins and even a shark! SEA LIFE is more than just an aquarium though, during the summer kids can wade their way through Caribbean Cove and even jump aboard the Galleon to tackle some water slides.

Adults enter for £22.95, kids go for £18.95.

Handy Local Businesses

Support these local businesses whilst you’re in the area!

If you’re planning on staying in the area for a while then you might need the help from one of these quality local businesses:

Handyman Solutions

Accidents can happen at any time, for those unfortunate little incidents and breakages you can trust local handyman Andy to get the job sorted with the maximum of efficiency and discretion. He can do everything from plumbing to blocked drains and double glazing, he can even help you move house or decorate your home! His prices vary from job to job and he’s more than happy to buy supplies in if you need him to – just give him a call for more information!

Call him on 07789 665934

Blondz

 

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This successful hair salon has been in business for the last 20 years, offering all the cutting edge trends and fashionable cuts that you’d expect from a modern salon. The prestigious Good Salon Guide awarded Blondz with a 5 star Award in 2008, a title that they’ve been able to hold onto ever since. The salon team is comprised of a number of experienced professionals that are dedicated to providing discerning ladies, gents and kids with the hair cut of their dreams. Booking is suggested, but walk-ins are also welcomed.

Call them on 01305 785374

The Fantastic Sausage Factory

Give the major supermarkets a miss when you stay in Weymouth and stock up on your sausages from The Fantastic Sausage Factory. This family run butchers is owned headed up by Dennis Spurr, a man with over 40 years of butchers experience under his belt. You can choose from no fewer than 20 varieties of sausage including such stars as their Bangkok Banger (chicken breast, lemon grass and herbs), the Dorset Royale (prime pork, sun-ripened tomatoes, chives and blue stilton) and the Hell’s Angel (pork, sweet peppers and hot chillies).

Visit them 01305 766212

Ovenu Cleaning

Cooking can sometimes be a messy affair and if you’re renting a holiday home then the last thing you want to leave there is a charcoal mess caked to the bottom of the oven. Luckily, there’s a man in South Dorset who specialises in such a chore. Setting up a cleaning business in 2004, Jeremy Hunt has been helping out ailing house-owners and landlords ever since with his exceptional oven valet service.

Call him on 01929 405610

Weyline Taxis

A fleet of over 90 vehicles is at the command of Weyline Taxis, Weymouth and Portland’s leading taxi outfit. If you’re heading to Weymouth for a long weekend then you can book an experienced driver to take you on a tour of the area, completely customised to your need and interested. Of course, Weyline also run a standard taxi service that ferries people around the surrounding area 24 hours of the day.

Call them on 01305 777777

Chip Shops, Pubs & Restaurants in Weymouth

Enjoy some of this award-winning food the next time you visit us.

Don’t settle for an average meal in a boring chain restaurant, there are so many fantastic independent restaurants in the town, but unless you do a bit of research beforehand you might well miss these altogether.

Thanks to it’s strong history with hospitality, the people of Weymouth understand what makes a good food experience and thanks to the constant supply of fresh fish and locally sourced farmed goods, the quality is consistently high throughout the year.

Take a look at our hot tips for places to eat in Weymouth and don’t forget to book in advance:

Fish’n’Fritz

 

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This long trusted chip shop has been decorated with many awards over the years including being named one of the Top 20 chip shops in the country at the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards. Fish’n’Fritz is one of a handful of eateries in Weymouth that was also awarded with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, demonstrating their commitment to producing top-class food and service throughout the year. You can either take your food away with you, or eat in their clean restaurant serviced with industrial shop fans.

A standard plate of Fish and Chips (with bottomless chips if you choose to stay in) starts at £8.90.

Crustacean

 

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Crustacean is one of the sleekest, slickest restaurants in Weymouth and also one of the best places to eat seafood in town. Although the large restaurant can seat up to 90 people during peak times, service is typically very quick and the menu offers a plethora of fresh seafood served in a variety of ways. Starters include Lyme Bay Mussels and Smoked Salmon Terrine, whilst the Crustacean Seafood Platter shows off the huge range of locally caught shellfish that Weymouth has to offer.

The excellent Crustacean Seafood platter is £34.95 per person, those not partial to seafood can try their Half Rack of Lamb for £18.95.

Mallams Restaurants

 

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Just by stepping into the understated Mallams Restaurant you are hit with the sumptuous scent of freshly cooked seafood and carefully prepared meat. This classy restaurant might be one of the most costly in Weymouth, but it also happens to offer some of the best food in town. The friendly front of house staff are sure to welcome each guest with real warmth and are more than happy to talk you through the restaurant’s changing menu of locally sourced food, prepared with a modern flourish.

Their Pan-seared fillet of sea bass with Asian chicken broth is £18.50 – divine.

The Dorset Burger Company

 

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You’ll find this award-winning burger join just opposite the train station in the town centre and whilst the menu is free of any seafood, the food on offer is undeniable local. Burgers are, unsurprisingly, the order of the day here and the team at The Dorset Burger Company are passionate about creating the very best meat sandwiches in town. The food here has won the Gold Award from Taste of the West for four consecutive years and does not disappoint.

The Triple Meat Threat (£13.59) is the big challenge for carnivores, whilst vegetarians and vegans are well served with their own menu of options starting at £11.29.

Places To Stay In Weymouth: Caravans B&Bs

We’re famed for our hospitality, so why not make the most of it?

There are dozens of B&Bs throughout the Weymouth, but not all of them are made equal!

If you’re considering taking a trip down to Weymouth then you might be wondering what the best options are for accommodation. There are plenty of choices for visitors on all different kinds of budgets, so it really depends on what kind of holiday experience you’re looking for. There are certainly plenty of luxurious hotels to get pampered in, or if you feel like roughing it you could even pitch up in one of a handful of award-winning campsites.

For those looking for a comfortable stay that doesn’t break the bank, it might be worth considering staying in one of these top-notch B&Bs:

Gloucester House Bed & Breakfast

The Grade II listed building dates back to 1790 and commands a prime position on Weymouth’s Georgian seafront, a historic sight in itself with its picturesque terraced promenade. This comfortable townhouse offers a number of uniquely designed rooms ranging from their Premium Sea View Balcony rooms to cosy Double Rooms, all of which come with a full Dorset breakfast.

Rooms starts at £85 for a Twin Room (including breakfast).

The Harbour House

The recently renovated Harbour House is a slice of modern tranquillity set within the bustling Old Harbour of Weymouth. Each room has been lovingly refurbished in recent years and fitted with brand new features which will put you straight into the lap of luxury. Breakfast is a locally sourced affair with ingredients mainly bought into from farms just a handful of miles away.

Rooms start at £70 for a Double (including breakfast).

Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

If you’re visiting Weymouth with a large family contingent, or are looking for a slightly different holiday experience then you could do a lot worse than choosing to stay in a static caravan at Weymouth Bay Holiday Park. Like many other quality caravan parks (including Mowbreck Park Static Caravan park near Lytham St Annes), Weymouth Bay has all the amenities that you’d expect from a 5-star resort with plenty to keep the kids busy, not to mention the grownups!

Static caravans rentals start at £129 for 3 nights.

The Heritage Bed & Breakfast

You’ll find the aptly named Heritage Bed & Breakfast just outside the town centre of Weymouth in Chickerell. Built in 1769, this historic home has been restored with great care over the years and offers a truly genteel rural retreat for tourists who are looking to sink into comfy armchairs and enjoy an ample breakfast in the stately dining room.

Double rooms start at £99 (including breakfast).

Kelston Guest House

Tucked just out of the way of Weymouth’s busy promenade, Kelston Guest House is a perfect choice for beach-dwellers and coast explorers alike. Karen and Martin have been running their successful B&B in their hometown since 2007, both putting their decades of work experience to good use to create a comfortable, yet affordable, hospitality experience for their guests.

A double en-suite in the low season starts at £54 per night (including breakfast).

The Ocean Guest House

Finally, this family-run Bed & Breakfast is positioned on a prime location on the Esplanade with many rooms offering a handsome sea-view for guest willing pay a little more. Beach lovers will be just yards away from the ocean, and staff here will also be able to recommend a number of walks and other activities in the area.

Double rooms start at £75 per night which includes a Full English Breakfast.

Relax in the lap of luxury at one of these hotels

Put your feet up and forget your troubles…

These luxurious hotels offer spectacular service and a peaceful night’s sleep.

A good hotel puts the needs of the customers above all else, no request is too much to ask and every effort will be made by the staff to ensure that guests enjoy their time. Having been a popular tourist destination for decades, Weymouth is packed full of hotels ranging from the cheap and cheerful to the expensive and decadent: regardless of the price you pay, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be treated with the utmost respect and civility.

There’s a hotel to suit every taste here, if you want to sink into history then there are plenty of 18th century hotels on the Esplanade, or if you prefer something a bit more contemporary then you can try a chic place in the town centre complete with modern doors and other such 21st century features. Some of these modern establishments are attempting to buck the trend with a number of revolutionary design trends; expect eye-popping vinyl decals, exciting pop-artwork and thrilling boutique rooms that will make your weekend something to truly remember.

Check out our favourite hotels in the list below, but don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment:

Somerset House Hotel

There aren’t many hotels in Weymouth like the Somerset House Hotel, it’s outlandish décor and bizarro visual flair might put off discerning guests, but those willing to give it a shot will be surprised by the number of modern features that each uniquely decorated room comes with. Only a few minutes walk from the beach and just a stone’s throw away from the railway station, this is a centrally located hotel which also benefits from a BBQ restaurant, bar and deli on site – perfect for meat lovers!

Double rooms start at £117.80 and even include breakfast.

The Hotel Rex

The decidedly retro Hotel Rex is relic from a bye-forgotten era of hotel establishments. Deep red carpets cover this historical hotel which was originally built to accommodate the Duke of Clarence whilst King George III was holding court in Weymouth. Although the hotel has its historical roots, the hotel has kept up to date with the times by installing wireless internet throughout the premises, as well as a lift that serves all floors. A stay at the Hotel Rex is like taking a step back to a time of Great British hospitality.

Double rooms with spectacular sea-view start at £81.22

The Chatsworth

There’s plenty of harbourside accommodation on offer in Weymouth, but few get you so close to the water than the elegant Chatsworth, a long established Georgian hotel that prides itself on its comfort and affordability. Places right at the southern end of the Esplanade, rooms at this hotel offer commanding views of both the harbour and Weymouth Bay, there’s also a sun terrace which is perfect for relaxing on in the evening or enjoy a cooked breakfast on a glorious sunny morning. Guests can order fresh seafood in the day and make the most of a BBQ menu in the summer.

Double en-suite rooms start at a reasonable £80 per night.

No. 98 Boutique Hotel

Boutique hotels balance a building’s historical charm with modern décor and it’s safe to say that the No. 98 Boutique Hotel does this to perfection. The unassuming frontage on Weymouth’s historic Esplanade is your first hint that this is a unique hotel and the interior doesn’t disappoint. Each one of the 9 bedrooms on offer here has been refurbished in a summery Mediterranean style, making a stay here a real treat to remember. Goose down duvets, fluffy towels and an exemplary breakfast make this one not to miss!

Double rooms start at £110 during low season.

Fantastic Events This Christmas

Looking for a bit of festive fun this December?

Take a look at the roster of festive events that we have coming up in Weymouth and the surrounding area….

Christmas Shopping Night @ The Front Skatepark

The Front Skatepark is a community-run charity skate park that subsists purely off the contributions off of government funding and the kind donations from local people throughout the year. Their annual Christmas Shopping Night presents parents with the perfect opportunity to drop in and grab some exclusive deals (not to mention a complimentary hot drink and mince pie). Their stock encompasses all skate sports including BMX, inline and scooters.

30th November 2018 at The Front Skatepark Shop from 7pm-9pm

Weymouth Christmas Light Switch On

Thousands of festive townspeople turn out for the yearly Christmas Light Switch On which is always a special occasion, especially for young ones. This is truly a family event with hundreds of volunteers taking part in the festive celebrations. A lantern parade will escort Santa and his sleigh into town, who will be accompanied by the Mayor of Weymouth and the stars of this year’s pantomime.

1st December 2018 in Weymouth Town Centre from 5pm

Giant Gift & Craft Fair

Weymouth Pavillion will be packed to the rafters with local artists, designers and crafty folk who will be showing off their huge range of unique wares for one day only. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get all of your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop, whilst supporting local businesses. The fair is free to enter and refreshments will be available from the Pavillion cafe.

2nd December 2018 at Weymouth Pavillion from 10am-4pm

Nativity on the Move

If you’re keen to get a pure, unadulterated shot of the Christmas spirit then you’ll find no better event than the innovative Nativity on the Move. Wrap up warm and bring a torch to this living Nativity story experience that people of all ages can enjoy. You’ll be able to follow Mary and Joseph with a real donkey on their way to the fabled stable, stopping by the Inn and even King Herod’s palace on the way.

13th December 2018 at Radipole Gardens from 6pm

Dick Whittington

It’s not Christmas without a pantomime! This year’s performance is the classic Dick Whittington, brought to life by Made to Measure Productions. Returning to the stage once more is Weymouth’s Favourite Dame Lee Redwood, who’s joined by Gwynfryn West, who’s back for his fourth successive year – this will be a night to remember, so don’t forget to book your tickets as soon as possible!

15th December 2018-5th January 2019 at Weymouth Pavillion, 2pm & 6pm showings

Chase the Pudding: Santa Run

Get your Santa outfit and your running shoes on for this festive 5km dash. Hundreds of people take part each year in this jolly jaunt which is suitable for runners of all ages and abilities. Entrance is £15 per person, kids can also come along and enjoy Chase the Elf, a shorter 2km run. Entrance fees go towards the running of the event and raising money for charity is suggested.

16th December 2018 at Weymouth Pavillion, starting at 10:45am