Weymouth with its Old Harbour is a must on a summers evening, being home to the RNLI Lifeboat, tall ships, luxury yachts and fishing trawlers which unload their catch to the numerous wonderful restaurants around the quayside.
Weymouth’s Golden Sands are 3 miles long, giving a traditional seaside feel with Punch & Judy, donkey rides, fairground, icecream and candy floss. Weymouth Bay has safe, shallow water making it ideal for swimming. Why not take a trip up the Sealife Tower with a 360 degrees bird’s eye view of Weymouth and the Jurassic coastline. Behind the seafront is Weymouth’s shopping area with most of the high streets favourite stores.
Nothe Fort & Gardens are located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour. The Fort was built by the victorians to protect Portland Harbour. The gardens boast an array of trees, shrubs and twisting paths that lead down to grassy slopes – ideal for picnicking, sun bathing and sheltered walks.
The Isle of Portland, which is connected to Weymouth by a causeway, has a rugged and spectacular coastline. Portland Stone is still being quarried today. A drive to the far end of the island will find you at Portland Bill lighthouse, which is open to visitors in summer months.
Abbotsbury, with its famous Swannery and Subtropical Gardens, lies 5 miles to the west. Abbotsbury Swannery is home to 600 mute swans, the only nesting colony that can be visited anywhere in the world. The historic Subtropical Gardens were established in 1765 and have since grown in size to a magnificent 30 acres area, with exotic and rare plants, trees and shrubs from all over the world.