Weymouth harbour

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.

Hosting 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 like 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 makes it easy to explore the area with cliff walks to the pebbled shores of Chesil Cove, or visiting the fascinating museum at Nothe Fort.

The new marina is swamped with fresh lobster, crab and scallops straight from the boats and staying in one of the waterfront B & Bs, you can get first dibs on the catch of the day at the harbour-side 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.

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 like July's Dorset Seafood Festival and the Topper National Sailing Championships in August, so it's well worth planning a visit.

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. Compare the price of hotels in Weymouth using Travelsupermarket's tool and save money by booking in advance.