Boasting some of the UK’s best-loved sandy stretches and coastal features, the plentiful Weymouth beach attractions are just the start of the story. The town is also home to some historic buildings and parks that verge from sub-tropical delights to delightful lily-clad waterways.
A quick tour around town will quickly put Weymouth’s history into context. Glance down and you’ll find cobbled streets that could tell many a story or look up and you’ll find coronets and Victorian gargoyles gloating from street corners. No trip to Weymouth would be complete though without a trip to Sandsfoot Castle, completed in 1542 to defend England from France. Sadly, the castle fell into ruin around the 18th century, but after intense renovation, the grounds were reopened in 2012. It now acts as the final point for several incredibly scenic walks along the coast and is an excellent picnic destination.
The Nothe Fort is another military site and has been better preserved. Located on the Nothe peninsula, the fort has breathtaking views over the coast and dates back to 1860, when it was built to protect the harbour and the growing naval base. The fort was restored in the ’80s and is now home to a museum featuring World War II memorabilia, as well as cannons and guns.
For something a little more genteel, Tudor House on Trinity Street is one of the best-preserved Tudor-era buildings in Weymouth and dates back to the late 18th century. Restored after bomb damage during World War II, a tour will give you an insight into the area’s trade and export past, as well as into the highs and lows of domestic life at the time.
Not only great exercise but offering incredible views over downtown Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast, St. Catherine’s Chapel dates back to the 14th century and was built by the Abbotsbury monks as a place of worship. Considering the views, we’re not surprised. On-site, you’ll find a wishing hole, where women used to pray to St. Catherine for a husband. Just eight miles from our Weymouth hotel, there’s a steep half-mile walk up to the chapel from the nearby village of Abbotsbury.
St. Catherine's Chapel
As you’d expect from one of the most southerly points in Britain, Weymouth has a warm maritime climate, which is home to some outstanding flora. With country parks, sub-tropical gardens, picturesque water gardens and pockets of green calm in the town centre, Weymouth has it all. We’ve compiled our favourites in our own dedicated Weymouth parks page.
Weymouth might not be able to boast of any mega stadiums or all-seater auditoriums, but it is home to the Bob Lucas Stadium where Weymouth FC play their home games. Currently in the Southern League Premier Division, they’re a long way from the Premier League but do have a long history, having formed in 1890. They have had some giant-killing success in the FA Cup, beating Manchester United and Nottingham Forest on various cup runs.
The ground comes with a large car park for match days, and the food and drink options are the stuff of local legend – the café serves a mean full English breakfast and the half-time pies are some of the best on the south coast. The ground is located north of the city centre and is a short drive from both our Weymouth hotel and Weymouth Seafront hotel. Simply follow signs for Wessex Stadium, the venue’s previous name.