Fishing harbour at sunset in Weymouth, Dorset

Things to do in  Weymouth

Old-school seaside charm

Think of the great British seaside, and you’ll probably think of Weymouth and its beautiful Blue Flag beach. This is where old-school beach fun reigns supreme, with Punch and Judy shows, helter-skelters, donkey rides, and deckchairs—and a scent of fish and chips that lingers in the air. A summer hotspot since its Georgian days, the town still draws crowds today, and not just for its kitschy vibe. Weymouth is one of the main towns on the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast, where fossil hunting and hiking are among the things to do.

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Weymouth SEA LIFE® Adventure Park

Weymouth SEA LIFE® Adventure Park

Unique among SEA LIFE® centers due to its mix of tank and outdoor exhibits, Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park encapsulates the global diversity of water-based life. From sharks to fairy penguins, sea turtles to otters, more than 1,000 species live in the 14-acre park, where you’ll also find play areas, cafés, and a mini-golf course.More

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When to visit

Weymouth is all about summer, when the beach is a mass of deckchairs, kids jostling for sandcastle space, and firework displays offering nighttime fun. But, if you prefer to skip the crowds, the spring months are ideal for coastal hikes when wildflowers spring into bloom over the headlands. Fall is also pleasant: In September, the award-winning Dorset Seafood Festival takes place, celebrating seafood with live music, food stalls, and cooking classes for kids.

Traveler tips

A staple of English seaside culture, Punch and Judy shows have entertained British families on the beach since the late 1800s, with pantomime-style slapstick humor played out by the eponymous puppets. Weymouth shows last around 20 minutes, and you need to bring cash for a collection box to pay the “professor” (the puppeteer). By watching and contributing, you’re supporting one of England’s last remaining Punch and Judy shows, right on Weymouth Beach.


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Getting around

Out-of-town visitors can use the park-and-ride service from Mt. Pleasant, which is the best way to avoid the seafront traffic. In town, everything can be reached on foot. For Jurassic Coast explorers, the best car-free options are by foot or bus. The South West Coastal Path offers calf-burning routes around Weymouth, worth it for the sweeping sea views. Otherwise, the Jurassic Coaster bus service links Weymouth to Pool on weekdays.

How do I spend a day in Weymouth?

If you’re a hiker, check out nearby Jurassic Coast highlights such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove or Chesil Beach in the other direction. Otherwise, stay in town, making time for a fish and chip lunch, browsing St. Alban Street’s independent shops, and going up the Jurassic Skyline Tower.

Is Weymouth worth visiting?

Yes, Weymouth is worth visiting. While cheaper air travel has enticed many Brits abroad for summer, Weymouth is a seaside resort that’s kept its allure. Elegant Georgian terraces and pastel cottages line the seafront, boats bob in the harbor, and, on sunny days, there’s bucket-and-sand fun on the beach.

What’s Weymouth famous for?

Weymouth is famous as one of England’s first seaside resorts, a British vacation spot since the days of King George VIII. Like the king himself, vacationers were attracted by Weymouth’s sweeping sandy bay and pretty seafront, where the best of British beach fun is still found today.

Where can I go when it rains in Weymouth?

If a bracing beach walk in wellies isn’t for you, Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre and Sandworld Weymouth (home to sand sculptures) are side-by-side and offer indoor fun for adults and kids alike. Another option is the Tank Museum at Bovington Camp, just over an hour away by car.

Can you swim from Weymouth Beach?

Weymouth Beach is set on a sheltered bay known for its soft sands and gently sloping seabed, perfect for shallow swimming. It also boasts a “Blue Flag” status in recognition of its clean and safe water. On warm days, there are few better spots on the English coast for a swim.

Is Weymouth a good night out?

Yes, Weymouth is known as a party town. The biggest night is New Year’s Eve, when fireworks and dressed-up revelers take over the town. On a typical weekend night, many live music venues, nightclubs, and pubs buzz into the early hours.

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