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Weymouth

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Weymouth [1] is a town in Dorset, a county on the south coast of the West Country, in England. The town in known for its wide sandy beaches, safe bathing waters and busy working harbor. The resort was first popularized by King George III, who visited the town for frequent summer breaks.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From the South and London: Follow the A35 towards Dorchester, but turn off on the junction for the A354 (that has signs for Weymouth). Then simply follow the signs into the town. From the West Country: Follow 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 train[edit]

Weymouth 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 (2.5 miles) further north on the same line.

By bus[edit]

National Express[2] 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[3] runs regular services (X53) along the Jurassic Coast to Exeter and Poole. The 31 operates from Weymouth to Axminster via Dorchester and Bridport.

By ferry[edit]

Condor Ferries[4] operates a direct ferry service from Jersey and Guernsey. Easy connections can be made with the St Malo (France) ferry at Jersey. The ferry terminal is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Services to Cherbourg by fast or traditional ferry are provided by Brittany Ferries[5] from Poole. There are good rail, bus and road links between Poole and Weymouth.

By air[edit]

Southampton Airport [6] is approximately 1 and a half hours from Weymouth by train or road,and connections are good. It is served mainly by the budget airline Flybe, flying mostly to European destinations.

Get around[edit]

A regular bus service is provided by both First[7] and Sureline[8] 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 £4.10 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: 01305 777777. Another 01305 777333

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell (From Weymouth town centre take the B3157 towards Abbotsbury. Brown tourist signs give directions from this road. Bus services 8 and X53 stop at the nearby army camp. Brown tourist signs then provide directions for the 1/4 mile walk.), +44 1305 785150, [9]. Open 10.00AM to 5.00PM, Easter to October Mo Tu W Th F Su. A landscaped attractions, with many varieties of plants including water lilly's. Disabled access is available around some of the attraction. £7.25 (Children £3.95, Senior Citizen £6.55. Family tickets available. Group discounts available.).
  • Brewers Quay, Hope Square (Follow brown tourist signs from Weymouth town centre), +44 1305 777622 (Fax: +44 1305 752338), [10]. Every day, 10.00AM to 5.30PM (Closed last two weeks of January, Open late nights in summer holidays) Situated at the heart of Weymouth's Old Harbour. It is a redeveloped Victorian brewery, featuring a Speciality Shopping Village and two family attractions. Free Entry (Attractions like the timewalk inside Brewers Quay have an entrance fee).
  • Discovery, (NOW CLOSEDHope Square (Follow brown tourist signs from Weymouth town centre towards Brewers Quay), +44 1305 789007 (dave@discoverdiscovery.co.uk), [11]. Every day, 10.00AM to 5.30PM (Closed last two weeks of January, Last admission 4.30PM) An interactive science exhibition for all the family. £4.00 (Children £3.00, Senior Citizen £3.50, Student £3.50. Group discounts available.).
  • Nothe Fort, Barrack Road (Follow brown tourist signs from Weymouth town centre), +44 1305 766626 (museum@nothefort.force9.co.uk), [12]. 1st May to 30th September, 10.30AM to 5.30PM, Autumn half term, 11.00AM to 5.30PM. The 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. £6.00 Adult (Senior Citizen £5.00, Children £1.00. Family tickets available.).
  • Sea Life Park & Marine Sanctuary, Lodmoor Country Park (Follow brown tourist signs from Weymouth town centre to Seafront, then follow signs to Lodmoor Country Park. A land train operates from outside the tourist information centre during the summer. Bus service 4 stops outside the venue), +44 1305 788255 (Fax: +44 1305 760165, WeymouthSeaLifePark@merlinentertainments.biz), [13]. Every day from 10AM (Open late during summer holidays, contact venue for more information) Many 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. £19.80 Adult (Children £16.20. Family tickets available.).
  • Timewalk, (NOW CLOSED) Hope Square (Follow brown tourist signs from Weymouth town centre to Brewers Quay), +44 1305 777622 (Fax: +44 1305 752338), [14]. Every day, 10.00AM to 5.30PM (Closed last two weeks of January, Open late in summer holidays) Located within Brewers Quay, this attraction provides a walk through the history of Weymouth, from the Black Death to the brewing history of the site. £4.50 (Children £3.25, Senior Citizen £4.00, Student £4.00. Group discounts available.).
  • Weymouth Museum, (NOW CLOSED) Hope Square (Follow brown tourist signs from Weymouth town centre to Brewers Quay), +44 1305 777622 (Fax: +44 1305 752338), [15]. Every day, 10.00AM to 5.30PM (Closed last two weeks of January, Open late in summer holidays) Located within Brewers Quay, this attraction provides historical images and relics of Weymouth & Portland. Free Entry.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit the nearby Isle of Portland
  • Sail! The National Sailing Academy on Portland is the venue for the 2012 Olympics Sailing Competitions as well as the place for the big national dinghy class competitions, and the BUSA finals.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The main shopping streets in the town are St Mary Street, St Thomas Street and New Bond Street. These are all located at the hub of local transport and within five minutes walk of the beach.

Surrounding the main streets are many bustling roads made up of independent retailers.

  • Christopher Robin (Fancy Dress Shop), 70 The Esplanade (3 minutes walk from the train station), 01305 774 870, [16]. 9.30am to 5.30pm. Family business established for over 25 years in Weymouth, Christopher Robin fancy dress shop on the Esplanade stock a wide range of fancy dress costumes and party goods for children and adults. Supplying fancy dress for Weymouth's New Year's Eve celebrations and for every party occasion across the UK. With years experience the team at Christopher Robin will help you become who ever you want to be.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Weymouth has many restaurants catering for virtually any taste. Many are found around the town centre. For a more picturesque setting there are several restaurants overlooking the old harbour.

Many of the major chains, including Wetherspoon (two pubs) and Yates's can be found in the town centre.

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.

  • Chalbury Wine, St Mary's Street, 01305 457244, [17]. Delicatessen selling local produce and stocking a good range of local beers and ciders  edit

Fish and Chips[edit]

  • Bennett's On The Waterfront, 14 Trinity Road (Harbourside), +44 1305 781237, [18]. 11.30 - late (7 days).  edit
  • Fish 'n' Fritz, 9 Market Street, +1305 766366, [19].  edit
  • Marlboro, 46 St Thomas Street (next to Town Bridge), +44 1305 785700, [20].  edit

Casual Dining[edit]

  • Red Lion, Hope Square, +1305 786940, [21]. 11am - 11pm (Monday to Thursday, until 12pm Friday and Saturday. 12-10.30 Sunday. Food served 12-9 (9.30 weekends). Refurbished pub with large outdoor area offering good quality food (Mains £8.95-£15.95). The bar stocks a good range of real ales and rums.  edit
  • The Stable, Above The Harbour Master,13 Custom House Quay, +1305 789389, [22]. 5pm - 11pm (Monday to Friday, Noon-11pm Saturday and Sunday. Food served until 9.30 pm. Two floored bar overlooking the harbour selling a wide variety of pizzas and pies, all made from locally produced ingredients. The bar stocks an excellent range of West Country ciders.  edit
  • The George Bar and Grill, 2-4 Custom House Quay, +1305 789635, [23]. 10am-1am. Two storey pub with excellent views over the harbour, offering good quality pub food (Mains £9-£18.50). There is also outdoor seating  edit
  • The Handmade Pie and Ale House, 2 Queen Street (Opposite the Railway Station), +44 1305 459342, [24]. Noon - 11pm. Food served until 10pm. Relaxed dining in a refurbished pub, specialising in handmade pies and ever-changing real ales  edit

Restaurants[edit]

  • Floods, 19 Custom House Quay (Harbourside), +44 1305 772270, [25]. 6.30pm - 9.45pm (Monday-Saturday). Harbourside restaurant specialising in fish dishes Mains £13.90-£19.90.  edit
  • Vaughan's, 7 Custom House Quay (Harbourside), +44 1305 769004, [26]. 6pm-9.30pm Tuesday, 10.30am-2.30pm, 6.00pm-9.30pm Wednesday and Saturday, 10.30am-2.30pm, 7.00pm-9.30pm Thursday and Friday, 10.30am - 2.30pm Sunday. Cosy harbourside bistro. A variety of midweek offers run in conjunction with the a la carte menu. Mains £9.95-£25.95.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Weymouth has one of the best nightlifes available on the south coast. So much so that people come from all over the country to experience it. Most of this activity happens in the bars located within the town centre.

On New Years 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

  • The Swan, 41-43 St Thomas Street, +44 1305 750231, [27]. An adults only establishment. Open 9.00AM to 12.30AM Sunday to Thursday, 9.00AM to 1.00AM Friday and Saturday. One or Weymouth's busiest pubs, offering low cost food and drinks. No music or entertainments offered. A non smoking establishment. Bottled Beer: £2.00
  • The Prince Henry, 1 Fredrick Place, +44 1305 763760. A Wetherspoons Pub. Open from 7am daily. 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.
  • Rendezvous, Town Bridge Street, +44 1305 761343. Open every day, contact venue for times. Weymouth's biggest and busiest nightclubs. Plays mainly commercial dance and classics from the 80's and 90's. Bottled Beer: £2.60
  • Yates's, 55-57 St Thomas Street, +44 1305 772913. Open every day, contact venue for times. During the day this establishment is a refined bar, offering good food. At night it becomes a club, playing commercial dance and pop music. Bottled Beer: £2.70
  • Hogshead, 1 Frederick Place, +44 1305 785894. Open every day, contact venue for times. Offers food and drinks. Sports including premiership football are shown. Bottled Beer: £2.50
  • Que Pasa, 62 St Thomas Street, +44 1305 830195. Open every day, contact venue for times. During the day a mix of British and Spanish food is served. In the evening this venue becomes a club. Although small, it has a great atmosphere. Bottled Beer: £2.70
  • The Dorothy Inn, 48-49 The Esplanade, +44 1305 766996. Open every day, contact venue for times. During the day food is served, and at night there is a club catering for the older generations. Bottled Beer: £2.70

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Bed and Breakfast[edit]

There 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, including Beachcomber Guest House, Weymouth Sands and Philbeach Guest House. Away from the hustle and bustle is the more peaceful Pebble Villafor adults only and the family friendly Morven Guest House

Hotels[edit]

There is a lack of high quality hotels within Weymouth.

Self-Catering[edit]

Visit Dream Cottages http://www.dream-cottages.co.uk/ located in the heart of Weymouth in Brewer's Quay, Dorset's largest independent cottage agency with over 200 cottages.

Family run local agency with over 60 homes. Visit Dorset Cottage Holidays at http://www.dhcottages.co.uk/

Camping and Caravans[edit]

There are several camp sites around Weymouth. Haven holidays operates three such sites, including the Littlesea [28] and Weymouth Bay holiday parks [29]. Independently operated sites can also be found in the area.

Waterside Holiday Park & Spa is a 5 star caravan site on Weymouth Bay at Bowleaze Cove [30]

Camping is great at Eweleaze farm located From the West (Weymouth): Proceed through Preston and up the hill to Osmington. At the 30mph Osmington Village sign turn right onto a track. Drive for 1km over the hill and down to the farm. Solar showers very cheap basic farmers fields but gorgeous views over southwest coast path and sea.

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