Weymouth & Portland
Holiday Cottages near Weymouth: Lavender Cottage, Cytringham Cottage, Cheeseman’s Cottage.
Discover Weymouth one of the true gems of the Dorset coastline and host venue of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.
Weymouth is situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey. The esplanade is composed of Georgian terraces, which overlook the long arc of fine golden sandy beach which has recently been awarded one of the best in Britain.
The views from the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon and Jurassic Coastline. The harbour is home to a traditional fishing fleet, cross channel ferries as well as a large number of pleasure boats.
A stroll along the promenade is a must taking in the beautiful surroundings and atmosphere this town has to offer. You will find a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops along with various seasonal events along the sea front. Including an original seaside Punch and Judy show! There is also a local market held on a Thursday.
Weymouth’s Sealife Centre is well worth a visit and has over 1000 incredible creatures from sharks and sea turtles to giant spider crabs and Octopus. Plus take in the sights of Weymouth from above in the brand new viewing tower. Rise up to 53m above the resort for unrivalled views of the Jurassic coastline.
Sandworld – Incredible sand sculptures ranging from 2m to 5 m high all made from pure sand by competing World class International sand artists. Be inspired and even have a go at sculpting yourself in their undercover sand pit. Open April – November
Northe Fort is located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour, the Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. You don’t have to be a military enthusiast it’s a great day out for all the family with lots to see and explore.
Abbotsbury Swannery & Subtropical gardens. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.
The Subtropical Gardens first established in 1765 as a Kitchen Garden have been developed into a magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. A fantastic experience for both children and adults, the gardens cater very well for children and often have events running throughout the year.
You can easily spend a full day if not more exploring all Abbotsbury has to offer, there is also a children’s farm park and indoor play area.
Cottages in Portland Cytringham Cottage
The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island and is one of the largest man made harbours in the world. The harbour was made by the building of stone breakwaters between 1848 and 1905. From its inception it was a Royal Naval Base and played a prominent role in the first and second World Wars.
Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and East Devon coast. Due to its isolated coastal location the isle of Portland has an extensive range of Flora and Fauna. The mild seas which almost surround the tied island produce a favourable temperate climate. The coastline and disused quarries are designated as sites of special scientific interest. The reliable wind is enjoyed by many for wind and kite surfing and the limestone cliffs and quarries are often used for rock climbing.
You will find a small selection of shops and restaurants on Portland and the town of Weymouth is just a short drive away.
Portland Castle – Overlooking Portland Harbour stands one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Enjoy stunning sea views from the gun platforms, and get close to the powerful cannons. Take a stroll in the Contemporary Heritage Garden before relaxing in the Captain’s Tearoom
Portland Bill Lighthouse
Experience a guided tour of the functional lighthouse which has stood for nearly 300 years on Portland Bill to guide vessels heading for Portland and Weymouth and acting as a waymark for vessels navigating in the English Channel. On a tour you can learn about the many ships which have met their demise in the strong currents of the surrounding sea.
A long stretch of beach between Portland and West Bay made up of 100 million ton bank of pebbles and shingle. Chesil beach stretches 28km and varies between 36 and 200 meters wide and 14 and 5 meters high. The bank of pebbles separates the sea from Britain’s largest tidal lagoon “The Fleet” an important wildlife habitat. The beach is extremely popular with anglers and family groups alike for mackerel fishing. There are stunning views across to Weymouth and Portland and to the East the beautiful sight of the Golden Cap. Dogs are accepted at this beach all year around