Weymouth sits at the top of Portland Bill, a narrow stone strip which reaches into the English Channel from Dorset's famed Jurassic coastline. It's been a seaside haven since the 18th century, with its wide sandy coves and fossilised treasures retaining endless family appeal.
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Weymouth has both retro charm and a burgeoning modern scene; stunning natural surroundings and world-class cuisine. Whether you're a first-time visitor to this historic English coast or a returning to a memorable childhood holiday spot, ensure you get the best deal on Weymouth accommodation by using TravelSupermarket. We compare prices on the best hotels in the area to save you time and money.
Visit Dorset in the summer season to get the best of the warmer weather, but remember to book your rooms well in advance around the school and bank holidays. Summer in Weymouth is also a time for events, such as July's Dorset Seafood Festival and the Topper National Sailing Championships in August, so it's well worth planning a visit.
The new marina is swamped with fresh lobster, crab and scallops straight from the boats. Staying in one of the waterfront B&Bs, you can get first dibs on the catch of the day at the harbourside restaurants and bistros. Nearby Tout Quarry is known for providing the stones for St Paul's Cathedral but is now home to an impressive sculpture park, including works by Anthony Gormley.
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Hosting events from the 2012 Olympics has revamped Weymouth for the modern age, now home to an array of first-rate restaurants and boutique hotels...
Overlooking Weymouth's popular beach and harbour, the esplanade is where to find local guesthouses and hotels among the beautifully preserved Georgian buildings. Here too, you'll be treated to the best views of Portland Isle and Lighthouse out in the bay, as well as all the fun of the traditional British seaside with the Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides right on the sands.
Try one of the many self-catering apartments and cottages in the heart of the town for access to the Old Quayside with its renovated merchant buildings and Victorian architecture, as well as the newly opened Sea Life Tower above the Pavilion. Plenty of inns serving traditional ale and delicious scrumpy are situated around the town's charming backstreets.
Major brands such as Travelodge and Travel Inn are located within a few minutes of the main attractions, leaving you well-placed for a spot of bird-watching at Lodmoor Country Park or venturing along the coast. Weymouth hotels make it easy to explore the area, with cliff walks to the pebbled shores of Chesil Cove or the fascinating museum at Nothe Fort.
Check into a central Weymouth hotel and these top attractions are within easy reach...
Top five attractions
At nearly 20 miles long, this unique stretch of shingle has to be seen to be believed. It will also provide hours of walks and family fun by the sea.
In Weymouth harbour you'll find the historic Nothe Fort, built in 1872. The museum that now stands within charts the fort's fascinating history. The attraction is suitable for all ages.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
With activities both indoors and outdoors, this centre is a year-round, whatever-the-weather kind of place. Kids enjoy the ocean tunnel and the interactive rock pool, as well as the chance to splash about in the water park.
This three-mile stretch of sand and sea is holiday heaven for families. Take donkey rides, catch a wickedly funny Punch and Judy show, eat fish and chips and enjoy a traditional day out at the British seaside.
Bennetts Water Gardens
You'll feel like you've been transported to Claude Monet's lily lake at Giverny in these beautiful gardens. With a replica bridge just like Monet's and more than 150 different types of water lily in bloom, the water gardens provide a wonderful change of scene from the usual antics at the seaside.
Celebrate life by the sea when you attend any of these annual events in Weymouth...
Sandworld Sand Sculpture Festival; April-November: See an amazing array of sand sculptures throughout the holiday season in Lodmoor Country Park.
Weymouth Carnival; August: The seaside frivolity is cranked up a notch at the height of summer when the carnival thrills the crowds. Parades, family entertainment, aerial displays and live music are crowned by a display of fireworks come sundown.
Victorian Fayre Weekend; August: A busy month for events in Weymouth, August also sees this Victorian-themed feast for the senses. Bugles and drums play, Victorian school masters show children a different way of life, dancers whirl around the maypole and much more goes on in Weymouth during this fun event.