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Visit Weymouth

We would be delighted to welcome you to the beautiful seaside town of Weymouth.  Welcome to Weymouth Holiday Cottages

Weymouth Beach

weymouth beach holidaysWeymouth is deservedly famous for its long, sandy beach.  The beach is long and wide, with safe shallow batheing water.  In winter you can take your dog for a bracing stroll.  In the summer the beach is the hub of the town with an array of events including Motocross, Weymouth Pride, Veterans Day and Carnival.   You will find trampolines, volleyball,  fair ground rides and traditional donkey rides.  You can wash this all down with a delightful local ice cream.

Weymouth Quay and Harbour

weymouth harbourThis vibrant working harbour is a delight to enjoy.  An array of restaurants and olde pubs line the harbour, where you can enjoy a meal or live music events.  You can take a boat trip along the Jurassic Coast or spend a day mackerel fishing.  There is often a dolphin or seal to watch in the harbour.

 

 

 

Eating Out in Weymouth

There is such a variety to enjoy in Weymouth and of course given its own harbour, seafood is often to be found on the menu.

The Hive Cafe

Weymouth Attractions

weymouth sealife centreApart from the main beach, the town is home to a wealth of attractions.  The SeaLife centre is Weymouth ‘s largest attraction and provides a good days entertainment – booking online is recommended to save you some pennies.  In good weather remember to bring the kids swimming costumes so that they can enjoy the plunge pool and water fountains.

Bennetts Water Gardens is one of those hidden gems, right in the heart of Weymouth

Nothe Fort is open most days to explore but is often the home to historic reenactments.

History of Weymouth

history of weymouthThe town was first noted in the 13th Century as a seaport.  It was vulnerable to attack from French raiders so Henry VIII built both Sandsfoot castle and Portland Castle (which you can explore today).

Weymouth is perhaps most famous for its maritime history and beautiful Georgian seafront.  Weymouth first saw fame as a seaside resort when it became the favourite holiday hotspot for George III, who after suffering from ill health sought to recuperate by the sea.  The beautiful esplanade was built between 1770 and 1855 being designed by architects such as James Hamilton.

Weymouth was an important port during both World Wars.  In World War One it was used as a convalescing point for over 120,000 Anzac troops after the battle of Gallipoli and was also an important embarkation point during the D-Day landings.  Much of the filming for the recent Dunkirk film took place on Weymouth Beach.

Weymouth Areas

Weymouth has grown over the years and now incorporates several former villages, all with their own distinct atmosphere.

Upwey – Weymouth

Take a step back in time and visit Upwey Village, this pretty area used to regularly bring holiday makers from the seafront to the village to taste the waters in the Wishing Well and enjoy tea in the tea gardens.  Today you can visit the Wishing Well tea rooms and enjoy a traditional cream tea or roast dinner.

There is a bus service running quite regularly that will take you to the outskirts of the village from Weymouth town centre and another that runs mornings only that will take you to the heart of the village.

Riverhouse Lodge – Upwey

Chickerell – Weymouth

Chickerell is very close to Fleet Lagoon with Chesil Beach running along the length of the village.  Chickerell is also home to Bennetts Water Garden, which is next to Chickerell Downs run by the Woodland Trust.

Bluebell Cottage – Chickerell

Preston – Weymouth

Preston is a suburb of Weymouth and lies on the coast to the East of the main town.  The area is home to the remains of a Roman temple, today it is a lovely holiday spot with quaint cottages down to the coast at Bowleaze Cove.  The village church of St Andrews is a 14th Century example built on the site of an earlier Saxon church.  Preston neighbors the village of Sutton Poyntz.

The village of Preston has some old interesting building, including Manor Cottage.  This cottage was once home to the Wesley family, the founders of Methodism.  More information can be found Preston History

Honeypot Cottage – Preston

St Andrews Cottage – Preston

Church View – Preston

Wyke Regis – Weymouth

Wyke Regis situated West of the main town centre and harbour.  All Saints Church dominates the area and was built in 1455, though records indicate that a church was built as early as 1172.  Above the main door is the coat of arms of Henry VIII, which is said to have been brought from Sandsfoot Castle.

Sandsfoot Castle, built by Henry VIII lies within the parish of Wyke Regis.  The tudor ruins can still be explored and lie along the Rodwell Trail.

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