The Complete Guide to Visiting Weymouth and Portland Part Two
Our Guide to weymouth continues below.
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Weymouth has a rich and cultural history. It’s a seaside town that began way back in 1571. This means you can get a piece of history and great stories to tell your friends.
Weymouth was the port of departure for many ships that sailed to the US. Weymouth also suffered in the English Civil War. The Pavilion opened in 1908 but was destroyed in 1954 by a fire. It was rebuilt in 1960.
King George III liked to holiday at Weymouth and the Lodge he purchased became the Gloucester Hotel which is now converted into apartments.
The Nothe Fort was built in 1860 by inmates from Portland Prison.
The Jubilee Clock located on King Street was built to commemorate the 50-year reign of Queen Victoria in 1887.
Find out more about the history of Weymouth here.
Planning Your Itinerary
When you visit Weymouth, it’s a good idea to plan your itinerary. Here are a few great ideas for places to visit and things to do.
Plan a series of ancient landmarks and historical sites. You can include castles and abbeys too. You can also consider visiting the Dorset Military Trail for a bit of history. From here you can visit the coast area and even the countryside to see animals.
Here are some itinerary ideas to get you started.
Castles and Abbeys
Houses & Gardens
Ancient Sites and Landmarks
Coast and Countryside
Dorset Military Trail
Dorset on a Budget
Jewels of the Jurassic Coast
Wet Weather Ideas
Just the Two of Us
Weymouth Bay Rib Charters
Tel: 07872 140 753
Adventure 4 All
Tel: 07870 659081
Tel: 07767 305073
Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire
Tel: 01305 836428
Tel: 01305 785000
There are plenty of walks to take part in when you visit Weymouth. These include the South West Coast Path and the Portland Quarry Trails. You can also visit the Rodwell Trail as this is very popular with pedestrians, dog walkers and cyclists.
These walks will take you from Weymouth and across the Jurassic coast where you can discover breathtaking fossils museums and landmarks.
The South West Coast Path
The Coast from the Sea
The Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs
The Ammonite Graveyard
Tout Quarry and the West Weares
Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
The Lulworth Ranges
Durlston Country Park
Boat Trips from Weymouth
If you want to take a boat trip, consider ferries that go to the Channel Islands. There are even boats that go to France. It’s a great idea and a wonderful trip to take with the family. You can also take local boat trips and ferry rides for the day.
Ferries depart from Weymouth to the following destinations:
Channel Islands / France / Jersey and Guernsey
Local Boat Trips can take you around Weymouth landmarks including:
Chesil Beach / The Fleet nature reserve / The Isle of Portland / Pulpit Rock / Durdle Door / Lulworth Cove
Ferry Steps - Weymouth Boat Trips
Fleet Observer Glass Bottom Boat
MV Freedom Accessible Boat Trips
Waverley Paddle Steamer
Deep Sea Boat Charter Weymouth
There are a number of tourist information points throughout Weymouth. You can download the map here to find the nearest one to where you are.
You can download various brochures and visitor guides here.
Download a map of Weymouth here
Download a map of Portland here
Getting to Weymouth
A direct line runs from London Waterloo to Weymouth. Trains also connect from Bristol and Bath. Go to traveline for more information about planning your journey by public transport.
Tel: 0871 200 2233
The Exeter to Poole Jurassic Coaster bus service stops at Weymouth. Buses also run from Dorchester. Go to traveline for more information about planning your journey by public transport.
Tel: 0871 200 2233
You can drive to Weymouth on the A354 from Dorchester. Weymouth is also connected to the Isle of Purbeck and villages to its east by the A353. Plan your journey by road by visiting the AA Routeplanner.
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