Things to do in Weymouth

Hailed as one of the UK’s first modern tourist resorts, Weymouth has a regal past as the once-summer residence of King George III. Since then, waves of holidaymakers have followed in those noble footsteps, attracted by the mild climate, shallow waters and Weymouth Beach’s long arc of golden sands that has since become the number one beach in the UK. Sitting halfway along the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site – the town is in a prime position for active holidaymakers who are never left wondering what to do in Weymouth thanks to the unique mix of world-class scenery and activities galore. Factor in its historical prominence as a key fortification point and naval base in wartime, Georgian architectural grandeur and the array of fantastic eateries, nightlife spots, entertainment venues and hotels in Weymouth and you have a family-friendly destination with fun by the bucketload.

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Attractions

As befits a town that was once a military stronghold and naval base, Weymouth has a varied roster of attractions. It boasts everything from medieval castles to 19th-century forts and Tudor houses, paired with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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Shopping

Not content with a buzzing high street, Weymouth has a charming variety of independent stores and busy markets on its doorstep where you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy while supporting the local community and taking home a unique slice of the coast.

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Parks

Coupled with the vast seafront and sprawling Dorset countryside, Weymouth has a generous abundance of public parks and gardens competing for your favour, so you’re never short of choice when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors.

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Activities

Active types will delight in the plethora of outdoor activities provided by Weymouth’s natural playground. Whether on land, sea or some artificial snow, there’s plenty to keep you busy and moving. And, when the great British weather takes a turn for the worse, there’s a wonderful selection of indoor activities too. We’ve rounded up our favourites in our activities guide.

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Weymouth Pavilion

An exceptional theatre that prospered through a turbulent past, the Weymouth Pavilion plays host to a fantastic array of plays, pantomimes, live music performances and stand-up comedy. From where to park to the best places to enjoy a pre-show meal, we’ve got everything you need to know to make your visit to the Pavilion a day to remember.

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Culture

If you can tear yourself away from the splendid beach, there’s plenty to enjoy in the town’s cultural scene. Pay a visit to Weymouth Museum, head to Portland Bill Lighthouse, which offers views across the incredible Jurassic Coast, or catch a show at the Weymouth Pavilion, which brings an exciting raft of stage entertainment to the town.

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Places to eat

You won’t be short of fantastic seafood options, but Weymouth’s foodie scene is no one-trick pony, serving up a mouthwatering assortment of world cuisines in fine restaurants and superior cafés. Read our guide to discover the best places to dine while in town.

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Nightlife

If you like your pint with a view, then you’ve come to the right place. Cosy up in historical pubs, watch your favourite sports in a buzzing atmosphere, raise a glass to a lively soundtrack or dance the night away. Whatever you fancy doing when the sun goes down, Weymouth has it covered.

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Getting around

Despite its location, you won’t be left out on a limb on your visit to Weymouth. Whether you’re getting here or getting around, you’ve got buses, trains, planes and ferries at your disposal to explore the incredible surroundings of the South West coast.

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