The Complete Guide to Visiting Weymouth and Portland
Weymouth is a very popular area to visit. There is plenty to do and see, and it’s popular among tourists who visit from all over the world. Visiting Weymouth can be very exciting. There are many tourist attractions and historical landmarks to explore. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
This guide will include the highlights and must see attractions that you can enjoy whilst visiting our lovely seaside town. If you are planning a holiday to Weymouth, be sure to read our guide and make a note of the places that interest you.
Choose one of the sections below to read information about the area that interests you.
There are 8 wonderful beaches located in and around Weymouth. So you are likely to find the perfect beach to enjoy whilst you are here. Here is a brief description of each.
This beautiful sandy beach draws tourists and visitors from all over the world. The shallow waters are perfect for safe swimming or paddling. The beach curves in an arc with Weymouth Pier at the south end. You will be able to enjoy a range of activities including Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides.
Postcode: DT4 7AX.
(Portland Harbour) A quiet sandy beach with café and restaurant.
Postcode: DT4 8QG.
You can find crazy golf and swimming available at this sand and shingle beach.
Postcode: DT4 7SW.
(Portland Harbour) This is a privately owned beach which is popular for diving, snorkelling, swimming and sailing.
Postcode: DT4 9JT.
This shingle beach offers deck chair and beach hut hire.
Postcode: DT4 7SX.
You can find wind surfing, swimming and bathing at this sand and shingle beach.
Postcode: DT3 6JH.
This dog friendly sand and pebble beach has a café and restaurant with a nearby pub.
Postcode: DT3 6PR.
There is good fishing available at this pebble beach.
Postcode: DT5 1AR.
Weymouth Town: Weymouth remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in Britain. It's sandy beaches and shallow waters make it perfect for holiday makers. In the town you will discover a wide range of cafés, pubs, restaurants, hotels and small specialist shops.
Weymouth is a popular destination for sailing on the south coast. You will find the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in the nearby Portland Harbour. This was the host to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Jurassic Coast
Weymouth is the perfect base to explore the world famous Jurassic coast. You will find much of the coastline in both directions easily accessible. The Jurassic Skyline is a 53 metre high tower which allows visitors to view up to 16 miles of the Jurassic coastline.
Weymouth has a rich history and there is much to see today as a reminder of its past. Discover more about the history of Weymouth and the surrounding areas.
Eating Out in Weymouth
Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in Weymouth to enjoy. Here are some of the best restaurants in Weymouth that you can visit with the family.
We highly recommend this traditional bar and restaurant, with a large selection of home-cooked food along with ales, wine, beers, spirits & coffee.
Westerhall Rd, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SZ
Bennett's Fish and Chips
For the best fish and chips in Weymouth, we recommend that you visit Bennett’s. All fish is sourced locally from sustainable sources and filleted daily.
14 Trinity Road, Weymouth, DT4 8TJ
The Palm House
Family owned café with light meals and drinks to offer. Perfect venue for a light lunch with the family and/or friends.
Commercial Rd, Weymouth DT4 7TZ
L and O's Bistro
A great little restaurant with local dishes. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Weston Road, Portland, DT5 2DA
Serving modern British cooking for the family since 1990. High quality, hearty meals using local produce.
5 Trinity Road, Weymouth, DT4 8TJ
Serving a variety of British dishes. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.
43 Maiden Street, Weymouth, DT4 8AZ
Italian cuisine with gluten free options, and Mediterranean dishes.
Pier Bandstand, The Esplanade, DT4 7RN
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Things to Do for the Kids
Taking the kids along with your holiday is a great idea. Weymouth has plenty of child friendly activities to enjoy, while you explore the area.
This is an indoor and outdoor play area. It is a great activity centre that is perfect for smaller kids under the age of five years. It is safe environment with plenty of fun activities.
Tel: 01305 458089
The Palm House, Swannery Lake Commercial Road, Weymouth DT4 7TZ
Granby Fun Factory
One of Dorset's biggest soft play centres.
Tel: 01305 777 334
7 Albany Road, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth DT4 9TH
Pirate Adventure Golf
This is a very exciting and adventurous activities. Children can enjoy 18 holes of exciting golfing fun. It has a pirate theme for the excitement.
Tel: 01305 781797
Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7SX
The Weymouth 4 Kids Treasure Trail
This Trail will leave plenty of clues for you to find a pleasure. It's a great way to explore Weymouth and it's a self-guided treasure hunt tour.
Tel: 01872 263692
The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8ED
MFA Bowl Weymouth
18 lanes of fun for all ages.
Tel: 0843 290 8935
St Nicholas Street, Weymouth DT4 8AD
Sharky’s Play Zone
A huge indoor soft play area which covers 4 levels with 6 slides.
Tel: 01305 750550
9 Custom House Quay, Old Harbour, Weymouth DT4 8BG
Abbotsbury Children’s Farm
A family friendly farm for kids to meet a range of farm animals.
Tel: 01305 871817
Church Street Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4JG
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Weymouth is very popular for family vacations. That’s because there is so much to see and do. If you are traveling with the family, here are great attractions for you to consider.
When you visit Weymouth, there’s plenty to do and learn for everyone. Learn what you can do with the family with these great family activities.
A day at the beach is always exciting. Activities to enjoy include trampolines, as well as mini golf. You can also visit the promenade for even more exciting activities.
The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 7AX.
The museum contains life size dinosaur reconstructions and real dinosaur fossils and skeletons.
Tel: 01305 269880
Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park. Come meet and feed the sheep, miniature Shetland ponies, alpacas, giant rabbits, chickens, goats, piglets, alpacas, and many more!
Tel: 01305 215000
Kingston Maurward, Dorchester DT2 8PY
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Discover a variety of plants from all over the world.
Tel: 01305 871387
Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4LA
The Museum houses a wide variety of artifacts associated with the history and culture of Portland.
Tel: 01305 821804
217 Wakeham, Portland DT5 1HS
Built in the early 1540s, this castle is one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts.
Tel: 01305 820539
Castletown, Portland DT5 1AZ
Weymouth Points of Interest
Weymouth has plenty to offer visitors. Let’s take a look at some of the most local points of interest for visitors to the area.
Weymouth is a great location to take the whole family for a vacation. It has plenty to offer and this includes exciting outdoor activities. Here are some of the most popular point of interest.
A great way to explore the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline is by sea. Visit the harbour area to arrange your boat cruise.
Tel: 01305 838423
Weymouth Harbour, Weymouth, England
A wonderful venue to see a selection of beautiful swans.
Tel: 01305 871858
New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4JG
RSPB Weymouth Wetlands Radipole Lake. Perfect for bird watching and walking trails.
Tel: 01305 778313
RSPB Weymouth Wetlands Radipole Lake DT4 7TZ
A historic walking trail through Weymouth.
Tel: 01752 896237
Weymouth to Portland, Weymouth
A great hiking trail to enjoy.
Tel: 01752 896237
South West Coast, Weymouth
Must See Attractions While Visiting Weymouth
With great coastal views and plenty to do, Weymouth is a popular attraction among tourists. These are just some of the must-see attractions in Weymouth.
A 45-metre pirate ship at the Weymouth Harbour.
Tel: 01305 858274
15 Jubilee Close, Weymouth DT4 7BS
Sandworld Sculpture Park
A sand sculpture festival is held every year.
Tel: 07411 387529
Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road DT4 7SX
Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park
This is a wonderful indoor and outdoor attraction. It is perfect for kids of all ages and there are provides and interactive programs to enjoy. They can also experience amazing sea life displays to see. They can also take part in animal feeding sessions.
Tel: 01305 761070
Lodmoor Country Park, DT4 7SX
A historical venue in Weymouth with views of the Jurassic Coast. The Fort is a labyrinth of Victorian underground passageways.
Tel: 01305 766626
Barrack Road, Weymouth DT4 8UF
A great tourist attraction and ideal for the kids. A tranquil spot in the historic old castle ruins.
Tel: 01305 838 297
84 Old Castle Road, Weymouth DT4 8QE
These are some of the great family attractions you can enjoy in Weymouth. Plan your trip in advance and book accommodationto ensure that you’ll get the best the city has to offer.
Nightlife: Clubs and Bars
Weymouth is quite popular and has a great nightlife too. This means that it’s not only the kids that get to enjoy this great location. There are plenty of bars and clubs that you can visit too.
Tel: 01305 781104
60 St Thomas Street
3/7 Maiden Street DT4 8BB
38A Maiden Street DT4 8AZ
Tel: 01305 761343
St Thomas Street, Weymouth DT4 8AW
Tel: 01305 760868
54 - 55 The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8DG
Tel: 01305 788884
51 The Esplanade, DT4 8DQ
Duke of Cornwall
Tel: 01305 776594
1 St Edmund Street DT4 8AS
48-49 The Esplanade DT4 8DQ
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Great Activities in Weymouth
Weymouth is ideal as a holiday location for the whole family. With plenty of attractions for kids, this is a great way to spend time with the family. Here are some great activities that you can consider.
When you visit Weymouth, you have to take part in their great activities, scenery and events. Here are a few great activities that you can enjoy in Weymouth.
Warmwell Holiday Park Ski Slope
Perfect for ski enthusiasts. Learn new skills at this outdoor dry ski slope.
Tel: 0344 335 3450
Nr Weymouth DT2 8JE
Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre and Paddlesports Academy. Activities include: sailing, kayaking, climbing, coasteering and abseiling.
Knightsdale Rd, Weymouth DT4 0HS
Enjoy views of Weymouth from the water by hiring your own charter.
Weymouth Marina, 70 Commercial Rd, Weymouth DT4 8NA
The Fleet Observer
A shallow boat designed to take you around the beach area.
Ferrymans’s Way, Wyke Regis, Weymouth DT4 9YU
Old Harbour Dive Center
Take a diving lesson with a professional instructor.
11 Nothe Parade, Weymouth DT4 8TX
Weymouth Golf Club
You can play a round of golf with family and friends.
Links Road, Weymouth DT4 0PF
Weymouth Bike Hire
Hire a bike and ride around Weymouth.
23 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7TH
A great way to enjoy the sea and harbour area.
Brewers Quay, Weymouth DT4 8TJ
Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire
Enjoy this outdoor cycle tour with the family.
10 Bowleaze Covewa, Preston, Weymouth DT3 6RY
Adventure 4 All
Enjoy a wonderful adventure across Weymouth.
Weymouth DT5 1JE
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Shopping in Weymouth
If you love shopping, you’ll love Weymouth. There are plenty of shopping malls and shops to visit, especially with the family. From clothing and accessories, to memorabilia and jewellery. Weymouth sure has something to offer everyone who visits.
There are two main High Streets in Weymouth with shops down both sides, some of these include:
- British Heart Foundation
- New Look
- WH Smith
- The Link
- 99p stores
- An indoor market
- Nautical Antiques
- Sue Ryder Care
- Body shop
- Ocean to Earth
There are also beach shops with fun activities for the kids. Visit the beach shops for : buckets and spades, armbands, blow up whales and sharks, flower windmills, fishing nets and footballs.
For art lovers there is also art for sale on the beach. You will also find work by local artists in Cove Gallery.
Annual Events in Weymouth
There is always something exciting happening in Weymouth. Here is a selection of the annual events that take place in Weymouth and the surrounding areas.
Armed Forces Day Celebrations
Pirate Day at the Nothe Forte
The Quayside Music Festival
Pommery Dorset Sea Food Festival
Bridport Hat Festival
Great Dorset Steam Fair
Tankfest at The Tank Museum
Dorset Art Weeks
Beaminster Festival of Music and the Visual Arts
A warm welcome from the Redcliff
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