*** As of January 2013 this attraction is still closed for redevelopment/refurbishment ***
A redeveloped Victorian brewery in Weymouth's Old Harbour with places to eat, family attractions and speciality shops all under one roof
With over 20 specialist shops, Brewers Quay is a veritable gift emporium. There's something for everyone with hand-made crafts, jewellery, children's toys and autographs to name but a few. Entry to the Brewers Quay Shopping Village is free of charge.
Ship to Shore has a strong nautical flavour from exquisitely made models of historic ships to wooden clocks and barometers. Their range of books covers local history, smuggling, military and, of course, Thomas Hardy. For candles, scented oils and pot pourri, as well as beautiful glassware and gifts for special occasions, visit Harbour Lights. For a distinctive card, visit Quay Moments, with their range of 3D cards, delicate embroidered cards, delightful animal images or even a card featuring a CD or DVD of your chosen year.
Food & Drink
The Village Store is an unmissable delight with its irresistible ranges of local preserves, pickles, biscuits, cheeses and country wines. For the perfect lunchtime take-away, there's also freshly baked Cornish pasties and pies.
Bursting with colourful candy canes, sticks of rock, jars of old-fashioned sweets and hand-made fudge, Sweet Sensations will tempt any visitor.
Set in the heart of the old brewery is The Courtyard Restaurant, which offers a wide selection of hot and cold snacks, lunchtime specials and teatime treats.
The Excise House pub has a good selection of real ales, guest beers and an extensive menu for great value pub food. It overlooks historic Hope Square, alive with cafes, bars and bistros, as well as stunning views across the Old Harbour.
Travel back in time on a journey through Weymouth's turbulent past and maritime connections, as seen through the eyes of Miss Paws the brewery cat and her feline ancestors, in Weymouth's award-winning Timewalk Exhibition and Brewery Days. The journey takes you back in time to the 14th century and recreates sights, sounds and smells of 600 years of history, revealing fascinating insights into the Black Death, the Spanish Armada, the Civil War, King George III and smuggling along the Dorset coast. The journey continues through one of the finest vat rooms in the country. As well as having fun with Mr Malt and Mr Hops, you will learn about the rich history of brewing in Hope Square, before being served with a well-earned real ale taster (over 18s only) in the Drum and Dancer tasting bar. Entry charges apply.
Discovery is an interactive science centre with over 60 hands-on exhibits to delight and amaze. The exhibits are carefully designed to appeal to all ages, from toddlers to grandparents. Favourites include the Shadow Wall, which freezes your shadow, and the Infinity Room, which shows you endless mirror reflections. In the Face to Face exhibit, parents can blend their faces together for really strange effects. There is also a satellite weather station that displays up-to-date weather movies from all around the world. Entry charges apply.
Entry to Weymouth Museum is free of charge. The collection reflects the social and maritime history of the area with major sections covering the patronage of King George III right through to paddle steamers and the Whitehead Torpedo Factory.
Brewers Quay in Weymouth is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Late nights Monday to Friday during the school summer holidays. Last admission to the Timewalk and Discovery is 4.30pm. The complex - except the Excise House and Craft Workshops - is closed annually on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and during the last two weeks of January. The Timewalk is open daily from February half term until November from 10am to 4.30pm. Opening times of individual outlets and attractions may vary.
Brewers Quay, Hope Square, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TR
Tel: 01305 777622