Welcome to Weymouth
The long stretch of golden sand and extremely safe bathing water make Weymouth a top holiday destination for all the family
Weymouth's award-winning beach retains many of the traditions associated with the British seaside family holiday, including Punch and Judy, donkey rides, a merry go round and pedaloes. Deckchairs can also be hired from several places along the beach.
Weymouth beach is also home to a more unusual attraction - sand sculptures. Fred Darrington started the Weymouth sand sculpture attraction just after the First World War in the early 1920s. When Fred finally retired in 1996, at the age of 86, his grandson Mark Anderson took over. Mark carries on what has become a family tradition, working in Weymouth during the English summer and then in various locations around the world out of season.
Throughout the year the beach is the setting for many events including the International Beach Kite Festival, firework displays, the Beach Motocross, the Beach Volleyball Championships and much, much more.
More Than Meets the Eye
Many visitors to Weymouth are often surprised by what else the town has to offer apart from its fantastic beach. The historic harbour, restored Victorian fort, RSPB nature reserves, museums and other visitor attractions now mix harmoniously with the new town centre shopping complex, bowling alley, multiplex cinema and numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants. There is even a high-speed ferry service to the Channel Islands and St Malo for those who want a day trip experience to remember.
Weymouth's Top Visitor Attractions
It is easy to get around Weymouth on foot and all the attractions are within walking distance of the town centre. Many attractions are located along the Old Harbour and there's plenty to interest the whole family.
Sharky's is an all action children's play zone with a soft play area, playzone, laser zone and slot car racing. Just off the harbourside is the Tudor House, although this does have fairly restricted opening hours.
The Nothe Fort and gardens are also close by and the fort is yet another top family attraction. Its numerous displays, the maze of tunnels, the restored guns, plus fantastic views from the ramparts provide a memorable visit.
Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve is located right in the centre of Weymouth, just a few minutes walk from the beach. The unique wildlife reserve is one of the most popular in England and many of the birds are rare or exotic visitors from overseas. On the eastern side of the town is the Lodmoor RSPB Nature Reserve and Country Park, with the Sea Life Centre, Sea Life Tower, Pirate Adventure Golf, Sandworld and many other indoor and outdoor attractions.
Sports, Pastimes and Leisure
Weymouth is the ideal venue to get active in most forms of sport but of course water-based sports are the most popular here. The waters of Weymouth and Portland are some of the best in the world for sailing, which is why the area was chosen to host all the sailing events during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Other popular watersports in Weymouth include kite surfing, diving, wind surfing, jet-skiing and fishing.
Around and About
Much of the countryside around Weymouth has been designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and, in December 2001, the coastline was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. Dorset's dramatic cliffs, quiet coves, shingle banks and sandy beaches merge into a patchwork of green fields and rolling hills to offer visitors an unrivalled variety of atmospheric scenery.