Experience a quintessentially English seaside town by embracing the coastal splendour of Weymouth. Hailed as the 'jewel' of the Dorset coast, the beautiful sandy beach and gently lapping waves lure millions of visitors every year. Once you have explored the gorgeous natural features and exceptional eateries, you are guaranteed to feel just as enamoured as others.
Soar Into The Sky
Begin your day with breath-taking views of the glittering coast by soaring 53m above sea level in the Sealife Tower, the highest building in the entire area. The slowly rotating capsule offers visitors of panoramic views of stunning natural features such as Weymouth Bay, Portland and the Jurassic Coast. Once you've returned to land, submerge yourself in the depths of the intriguing ocean at the Sealife Centre; wander through the Ocean Tunnel, gazing upwards as sharks soar ahead; catch a glimpse of Cayan crocodiles in the nature reserves; or visit the seal sanctuary to watch it's playful residents frolic in the cool water.
Highlights of the Harbour
Visit the beautifully picturesque Weymouth Harbour to indulge in the traditional English treat of fish and chips; colourful houses line the water and the harbour bustles with fisherman returning with bounteous catches of crabs, clams and scallops. Overlooking the harbour is Marlboro Fish Bar, which locals hail as the best fish and chop shop in the area; the mackerel and horseradish sandwich comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. Enjoy the salty tang of the sea air with a tranquil wander along the sweeping coastline, heading back towards the Weymouth Pavilion. Along your way you'll pass gorgeous Georgian architecture and traditional striped beach huts, in addition to eye-catching sights such as an original Victorian Bathing Machine and the Jubilee Clock. Conclude your walk on the pebbly shores of Preston Beach and rent a deckchair from which to enjoy a homemade ice cream.
Stunning Sand Sculptures
For the majority of the year, Weymouth plays host the exciting International Sand Sculpting Festival, where talented artists create enormous sculptures using only sand and water. The exhibits are housed in Sandworld, which is located minutes from the town centre, and each year the festival follows a different theme. The sand sculptures will inevitably whet your appetite for more aesthetic beauty so next wander to the Leighton Art Gallery to appreciate the artistic delights housed in the working studio of resident artist Martin Leighton.
Surf and Turf
End your delightful day in the warm and inviting atmosphere of the family run Harbour Bridge Restaurant. Charmingly located next to the Weymouth Harbour, the restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced food at competitive prices; begin your meals with the delicate flavours of smoked salmon and chive crème fraiche, then treat your taste buds to either a juicy steak or freshly caught fish from the surrounding ocean. Complete your unforgettable trip with a relaxed wander down the promenade at sunset.