You can’t always rely on the weather in Weymouth, so it’s good that there are plenty of indoor activities and attractions to keep you occupied. From feeding penguins to escaping prisons, our guide gives you the lowdown on some of our favourite spots in Weymouth.
Indoor activities in Weymouth
Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park
The Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park is only a three-minute drive from our Weymouth Seafront hotel, and it’s a great day out for the whole family. There’s an aquarium that’s home to all of the usual suspects, including seals, sharks, otters, jellyfish and exotic species, such as clownfish, if you want to try your hand at finding Nemo.
There are a number of different shows and performances throughout the day, but the very best are the feeding frenzies. The staff and instructors are very knowledgeable but, most importantly of all, they clearly love doing what they do. What’s more, you can also choose from one of the aquarium’s VIP experiences where you can personally feed some of the star animals, including the Humboldt penguins, cownose rays and green sea turtles.
Sea Life Adventure Park
If you’ve wondered what that great big tower is piercing the sky at the end of Weymouth Pier, that’s Jurassic Skyline. A whopping 174 feet tall – that’s more than twice the size of the Tower of London – you can take your seat and the rotating viewing capsule will take you to the top for perfect panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast, Nothe Fort, Portland and Weymouth Harbour. The windows go from floor to ceiling, while on a good day when the weather’s clear, you can see for more than 15 miles.
The castle is undergoing a dramatic £30 million revamp at the start of 2018, and is due to reopen in 2020.
Fancy catching a film during your stay in Weymouth? Look no further than Cineworld. Admittedly, that’s because the seaside town doesn’t have any other cinema options. Nevertheless, you know what you’re getting from one of the largest cinema operators in Europe.
You can find it smack, bang in the middle of town on New Bond Street, next door to TK Maxx. The staff are friendly, they keep the place in tip-top order, and they serve delicious Baskin Robbins ice cream. In total, there are nine screens, so the cinema offers plenty of choice of the latest blockbusters and mainstream hits.
Over the past decade or so, escape rooms have become somewhat of a phenomenon around the world. From its birthplace in Budapest, the fun indoor activity is now taking Weymouth by storm too. The Escape Dungeons Weymouth is underneath The Esplanade, consisting of three small rooms which you need to try and escape from in the space of an hour.
If you’re unfamiliar with the escape room activities, the aim of the game is to work as a team to solve clues and find hidden messages to help you break a series of locks and ultimately to escape. The Escape Dungeons Weymouth are rather tight, which we think adds to the experience, but it also means that this probably isn’t the activity for anyone who is prone to feeling claustrophobic. Each of the three dungeons adopts a different theme, which are changed up every six to 12 months, so you can come back again and again.
Sounds like your idea of fun? Pay them a visit, put yourself under pressure and see if you can beat the clock and escape.