Weymouth is a town in Dorset, a county on the south coast of the West Country, in England.
From the South and LondonFollow the A35 towards Dorchester, but turn off on the junction for the A354 (that has signs for Weymouth). Then follow the signs into the town.
From the West CountryFollow signs for Bridport, then take the A35 towards Dorchester. At the roundabout junction with the A354 take the third exit towards Weymouth. At the next roundabout near Morrisons, take the coast road towards Weymouth.
By trainWeymouth station is served by hourly trains from London Waterloo and a less frequent service from Bristol. Connections can be made from the north by changing trains at London, Bristol, Bournemouth or Southampton. The railway station is close to the beach and just a few minutes walk from the town centre. There is another station at Upwey about 4 km (2½ miles) further north on the same line.
By busNational Express operates a coach service to and from Weymouth's seafront. Services run to London Victoria, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Blackpool and Helston with connections to other locations from those towns.
First runs regular services (X53) along the Jurassic Coast to Exeter and Poole. The 31 operates from Weymouth to Axminster via Dorchester and Bridport.
By ferryDespite its history as a cross-Channel ferry port, these days the furthest you can get on a passenger vessel from Weymouth is Portland; ships from the Channel Islands and France dock at Poole.
Services to Poole from Guernsey, Jersey, Cherbourg and Saint-Malo by fast or traditional ferry are provided by Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries. There are good rail, bus and road links between Poole and Weymouth.
A regular bus service is provided by First within the area. Unlimited travel on First buses in Weymouth costs £2.80 for an adult, and £2.20 for a child. All day travel around Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester is £4.00 for an adult on First Buses. Both the X31 & X53 routes are excellent for sightseeing. X53 All Day Ticket £7/adult. Route 501 is operated by an open topped bus during the holiday season from Weymouth to Portland Bill
There are many taxi companies in Weymouth that are fairly cheap. One is Weyline, tel: +44 1305 777777.
phone: +44 1305 785150address: Putton Lane, ChickerellA landscaped attraction, with many varieties of plants including water lillies. Disabled access is available around some of the attraction.
phone: +44 1305 766626address: Barrack RoadThe Nothe Fort is a fort built at the entrance to Weymouth harbour, now a major tourist attraction featuring exhibitions and a trail for children. Provides spectacular views of Weymouth and Portland's harbours.
Radipole LakeLake on the River Wey, now a nature reserve run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
phone: +44 1305 788255address: Lodmoor Country ParkMany different species of marine life can be found at this attraction, including otters, seals, penguins, rays and crabs. There are also water-based activities for children. The attraction is fully wheelchair accessible. Parking is in an adjacent (and pricey!) Council-operated pay and display car park, where you need to decide in advance how many hours you intend to stay.
phone: +44 1305 779711address: 3 Trinity St, DT4 8TW
phone: +44 1305 457982address: Brewers Quay, Hope Square, DT4 8TR
Isle of PortlandVisit the nearby Isle of Portland.
Sail!The National Sailing Academy on Portland was the venue for the 2012 Olympics Sailing Competitions, and is the location for the big national dinghy class competitions, and the BUSA finals.
Surrounding the main streets are many bustling roads made up of independent retailers.
phone: +44 1305 778090address: 70 The Esplanadewide range of fancy dress costumes and party goods for children and adults.
Locally produced goods are available at independent retailers around the town. Bread, cakes and savouries from the Dorset Cake Company, and Sgt. Bun are particular highlights.
phone: +44 1305 788867address: Ferrymans Way, Portland Road
phone: +44 1305 766386address: 9 Market St
On New Year's Eve everyone goes out in fancy dress, leading to it being called the country's largest fancy dress party.
Common after drinking activities include a visit to the beach (less than 5 minutes away), or a trip to one of the many local fast food chains, where chips & cheese is a local favourite.
Some of the most popular include:
phone: +44 1305 750231address: 41-43 St Thomas Street, DT4 8EHAn adults-only establishment. One of Weymouth's busiest pubs, offering low cost food and drinks. No music or entertainments offered. A non-smoking establishment. Bottled beer: £2.
phone: +44 1305 763760address: 1 Fredrick Place, DT4 8HQA Wetherspoons Pub. Another busy pub offering very competitively priced food and drink. All day food from 7AM - breakfast. No music. Full range of cask ales with guest beers as well as wines and bottled beers from around the world.
The Dorothy Innphone: +44 1305 766996address: 48-49 The EsplanadeOpen every day, contact venue for times. During the day food is served, and at night there is a club catering for older generations. Bottled beer: £2.70.
Bed and BreakfastThere are many bed and breakfast establishments to be found in Weymouth. Many of these are located near the seafront. Some examples of this are the mainly family run Georgian bed and breakfasts to be found on the Esplanade,
phone: +44 1305 783078address: 6 Waterloo Rd, DT4 7PD
phone: +44 1305 839022address: 5 The Esplanade, DT4 8EA
phone: +44 1305 785344address: 11 Waterloo Place, DT4 7PD
Away from the hustle and bustle is the more peaceful
phone: +44 1305 785 075address: 2 Westerhall Rd, DT4 7SZFamily friendly.
HotelsThere is a lack of high quality hotels within Weymouth.
phone: +44 1305 786948address: Fleet Rd, DT3 4ED3-star hotel set in a Georgian manor house.
phone: +44 1305 789000address: Brewer's QuayIndependent cottage agency with over 200 cottages.
Camping and caravansThere are several camp sites around Weymouth. Haven holidays operates three such sites, including the Littlesea and Weymouth Bay holiday parks. Independently operated sites can also be found in the area.
- Camping is great at Eweleaze farm located from the west (Weymouth): proceed through Preston and up the hill to Osmington. At the 30 mph Osmington Village sign turn right onto a track. Drive for 1 km over the hill and down to the farm. Solar showers, very cheap basic farmers fields, but gorgeous views over southwest coast path and sea.
phone: +44 1305 833103address: Bowleaze Cove, DT3 6PP5-star caravan site on Weymouth Bay.
phone: +44 1305 782575address: Knights in the Bottom, Chickerell, DT3 4EAIn a tranquil rural location and its sandy beach overlooking the Chesil Bank, Fleet Lagoon and Lyme Bay. A footpath leads to the Fleet Lagoon and joins with the South West Coast Path along the Jurassic coastline. Welcomes tents, caravans and motor ans and even large RVs (Big hardstandings available). Electric hookups, TV aerial, water connection and drainage are available on serviced pitches. Seasonal pitches and storage spaces for caravans are also offered.