With wide-open skies and aquamarine seas, getting a dose of park life comes with extra benefits in Weymouth.
Parks in Weymouth
Weymouth Greenhill Gardens
With over two hundred years of green-fingered history, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are one of Weymouth’s best-loved attractions, and just a 20-minute drive from our Weymouth hotel. Thanks to the fourth Earl of Ilchester, the gardens are home to some exotic flora, including plants from Chile, Japan, China and the Himalayas. With a range of formal and informal flower settings and its quaint Victorian Garden, you’ll also find a well-stocked plant centre, gift shop and Colonial restaurant.
Take a two-minute walk from our Weymouth Seafront hotel and you’ll find Greenhill Gardens, a multi-coloured floral garden that slopes along the beach and follows the promenade. Get active and take a shot on the putting greens, get your ace on at the tennis courts or grab an ice cream and gaze longingly out across Weymouth Beach.
RSPB Radipole Lake might be surrounded by roads and built-up areas on all sides, but once you’re hunkered down in the nature reserve, you’re in an oasis of calm. Home to a wide range of wildlife and birds, including kingfishers, swans and all manner of egrets, the lake also has a café and plenty of knowledgeable wardens on hand to help with any questions or bird-watching tips.
Part of the extended area around the fort, Nothe Gardens are well worth a trip on their own. Take in the wonderful views across Weymouth and down the Jurassic coast, while there’s also a kids’ play area, toilets, picnic benches and plenty of parking. There’s no on-site café, but Hope Square is a short walk away and has plenty of places to eat and drink. Great for dog walkers, you’ll also find dozens of very inquisitive and friendly squirrels who’ll be only too happy to eat out of your hands.
Just 1.5 miles from our Weymouth hotel, Lodmoor Country Gardens is a great family trip thanks to the playground, the miniature train that circles the park, the oversized slide, mini golf and go-karts. Grab an ice cream and watch the world go by in summer or enjoy a hot chocolate in winter at one of Weymouth’s biggest outdoor spaces.
If you’re looking for some zen time, Bennetts Water Gardens in Chickerell is an eight-acre space that’s home to a dazzling array of water lilies, cactus and woodland trails perfect for exploring. The inquisitive can take a look at the museum, which details the area’s history. And painting fans will love walking over the bridge that Monet painted back in 1899 for his famous Water Lily Pond impressionist work of art.