Weymouth Tourist Information and Tourism

(Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK)

View of weymouth beachA bustling port during medieval times, today Weymouth has become one of the most popular tourist resorts on the whole of the southern coast. Much of Weymouth was developed and expanded during the 18th and 19th centuries with tourism and visitors strongly in mind, and the Esplanade dates back to Georgian times and borders much of the seafront.

Known for its sailing, the Weymouth and Portland Academy has been chosen to host the main sailing events at London's forthcoming Olympics in 2012 and the town is already busy preparing for the influx of tourists that this event will no doubt bring. Weymouth's Tourist Information Centre is located next to the Kings Statue along the Esplanade and features plenty of tourism advice to suit all visitors and to enhance their stay.

Image of Weymouth Clock TowerWeymouth's main tourist attractions include the spectacular beachfront - a lengthy stretch of golden sand, complete with donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, and the adjacent 'Seafront Land Train'; Weymouth Sea Life Park - complete with Marine Sanctuary, shark nursery, penguins, turtles, otters and even an important seahorse breeding centre; a range of water sports - with conditions being especially suitable for windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving, with many nearby old shipwrecks providing added interest; Weymouth Pavilion Theatre - boasting a variety of traditional seaside shows and entertainment; and Deep Sea Adventure and Sharky's Play Warehouse - with information about the development of the coastline and maritime industry over the years, together with a play centre for children. More information about Weymouth Tourist Attractions.

The most notable landmarks around the town of Weymouth include the Old Harbour - a particularly attractive landmark in its own right, with a marina, boat trips around the bay and many excellent restaurants; Brewers Quay - much more than just a shopping centre and home to the tourist attractions of Weymouth's Timewalk and Discovery Centre; Tudor House - close to the beach and featuring many authentic period furnishings and guided tours; and the colourful Jubilee Clock - a traditional Victorian structure dominating the promenade and dating back to the late 1800s. More information about Weymouth Landmarks.

Often close to the beachfront, Weymouth contains a surprising number of green areas, gardens and public parks. The best include Bowleaze Cove, Greenhill Gardens, Lodmoor Country Park, Princess of Wales Gardens and also the extremely popular Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve island, where seasonal nature walks and summer family fun days are always well attended

Picture of the Weymouth SeafrontSome of Weymouth's most noteworthy museums and art galleries include the Victorian Nothe Fort - housing the acclaimed Museum of Coastal Defence, where you will find displays of cannons and World War II memorabilia; the Weymouth Museum - part of the Brewers Quay complex and home to a host of information about the development of the town over the years; the Portland Museum - two charming 17th-century thatched cottages close to Weymouth, with many period features and information regarding local shipwrecks; and also the Leighton Art Gallery - selling a range of limited edition prints and paintings by a local artist. More information about Weymouth Museums and Weymouth Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions located nearby Weymouth include the Isle of Portland - part of the overall Weymouth borough and famous for its tall red and white lighthouse and bird watching; Chesil Beach - a pebbly beauty spot stretching for many miles and home to a number of important dive spots; Abbotsbury - a small and unusual village close to Weymouth with an enormous swannery and stunning subtropical gardens; Lyme Regis - a beautiful coastal resort celebrated for its fossils and harbour wall, known locally as the 'Cobb'; Sherborne - an inland market town with an ancient abbey and two historic castles, separated by a large lake; and county town of Dorchester, home of Thomas Hardy and steeped in history. More information about Weymouth Attractions Nearby.

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