What is there to do in Weymouth? | Dorset | UK travel

Where is Weymouth?

Weymouth is a seaside town in the South West of England in the UK. It is due south of the historic town of Bath, with Exeter to its West and Portsmouth to its East.

Weymouth is surrounded by lots of interesting places to visit.

Let me tell you a little bit about Weymouth

Weymouth is popular for visitors and can get remarkably busy. It includes a wide promenade, pedestrian streets and a busy harbour with a thriving fishing industry.

It is often described as having one of the warmest and sunniest climates in the UK, it is likened as being abroad.

We loved Weymouth, it had a great atmosphere and cannot wait to visit again. It just felt so relaxing.

Where to park in Weymouth?

When we visited, after some research we parked at the Swannery, which has the post code of DT4 7TY

We chose to park at the Swannery for the following reasons.

Traditional Fishing Harbour

Lots of space to moor your boat, or like us just have a wander and admire all the amazing boats.

There are many choices of charter trips if you fancy a bit of fishing. There are reports of people catching Cod, Pollock and Bass for example on these trips.

Weymouth Harbour Bridge

The town almost comes to a standstill throughout the day as it comes time for the Harbour Bridge to open and the large and tall ships go out to sea or back into their moorings. It was quite a spectacle and there was plenty of boat envy!

Weymouth Beach

If you do head to the beach, I recommend a poncho for when you come out of the water. I’ve not tried it on the beach, but it was perfect when coming out of the hot tub at our lodge. There is a fuller review in my video of the lodge we stayed at, linked further down this article. I had a pink version of the 1st cheaper option, but I’m told by my daughter that lots of beach goers and kayakers use the dearer Dry Robe.



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Enjoy a walk on the promenade.

With lots of benches, cafés and toilets for a nice relaxing stroll along the promenade and view of the sea, beach and picturesque seafront.

We spent a lot of time watching the world go by at various parts of the promenade. Very relaxing!

Nothe Fort

Nothe Fort is a 19th Century fort, built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour.

It is now a museum and highlights the coastal defences.

It houses many events throughout the year, including weddings. There is a café in Nothe Fort and a Kid Zone area, especially for the younger guests to explore.

Nothe Fort – Weymouth’s stunning Historic Sea Fort on the Jurassic Coast

SeaLife Weymouth

You can see all sorts of creatures at SeaLife Weymouth, from Penguins and Sharks to Seals and Jellyfish.

It includes play areas, mini golf and food outlets.

Visit SEA LIFE Weymouth Adventure Park & Aquarium

Boat Trips

Jurassic Safari

The Jurassic Safari is a 90 minute safari taking in around 52 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside.

This sounds amazing and certainly something I will try and do on our next visit. The reviews on trip advisor are really positive!

Jurassic Safari – home

Sand Sculptures

There are some examples on the promenade, or you can head to Sand World for more.

Sandworld Weymouth – Sand Sculpture festival

Plus, lots of places for shopping, eating and drinking.

Where to stay near Weymouth?

We stayed at Peckmoor Farm Lodges. The lodges are perfect after a day of exploring, to enjoy the luxury of your lodge and relax in the private hot tub.

We booked our stay through Hoseasons. https://www.hoseasons.co.uk

There is a video with more information on my YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/UbGzbkwXSdU

Also check out my blog on Peckmoor Farm Peckmoor Farm Lodges, in a great location to visit Weymouth – Ears and Ideas

Visit Portland

It is worth a drive to the top of Portland to get some amazing views of Chesil Beach. We drove just past the Heights hotel and paid £1 for 2 hours in a public car park. There were public toilets just before the hotel. The postcode for the hotel is DT5 2EN. We headed to the top of Portland early one morning, as figured it would be nice and quiet, and we were right. Then we were able to park in Weymouth afterward without a problem (it was still only about 9am).

Chesil Beach is a UNESCO coastline, with stones of up to 10,000 years old.

The Beach is currently dog friendly all year round.

Portland is a mix of old and new houses.

On Portland is a lighthouse called Portland Bill, Portland Castle and Portland Harbour. Portland Harbour is a busy commercial port and sees many vessels of all sizes including the worlds largest cruise ships.

West Bay

West Bay shows you part of the dramatic Jurassic coastline.

West Bay East Beach is dog-friendly. But if you are to visit this beach, I suggest you wear sturdy enclosed shoes! The beach had a thick base of stones and I had sports sandals on, I was in a lot of pain walking on the beach as the stones kept getting between my foot and the inside of my shoe. Next time I’ll be wearing my walking boots! It was a real shame as it is a spectacular place.

We parked at DT6 4EL which included toilets. Dorset Council – Car Park (parkopedia.co.uk)


Bridport is a small town, a mile inland from West Bay. It has a bustling market each Wednesday and Saturday.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a historic seaside resort and part of the Jurassic Coast. Lyme Regis provides some beautiful scenery.

We parked near Monmouth beach, where dogs are allowed and there are toilets. The post code for the car park is DT7 3JN Monmouth Beach / Cabanya – Car Park (parkopedia.co.uk)

The comments and opinions in this article are my own and are based on when we visited in August of 2020.

Where I have posted links without an opinion, I have no experience of the business, but have provided the link as just an idea.

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