Weymouth

For other places with the same name, see Weymouth (disambiguation).
"Earl of Pembroke" in Weymouth

Weymouth is a town in Dorset, a county on the south coast of the West Country, in England.

Get in

By car

From the South and London: Follow the A35 towards Dorchester, but turn off on the junction for the A354 (that has signs for Weymouth). Then simply follow the signs into the town. From the West Country: Follow signs for Bridport, then take the A35 towards Dorchester. At the roundabout junction with the A354 take the third exit towards Weymouth. At the next roundabout near Morrisons take the coast road towards Weymouth.

By train

Weymouth is served by hourly trains from London Waterloo and a less frequent service from Bristol. Connections can be made from the north by changing trains at London, Bristol, Bournemouth or Southampton. The railway station is close to the beach and just a few minutes walk from the town centre. There is another station at Upwey about 4 km (2.5 miles) further north on the same line.

By bus

National Express operates a coach service to and from Weymouth's seafront. Services run to London Victoria, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Blackpool and Helston with connections to other locations from those towns. First runs regular services (X53) along the Jurassic Coast to Exeter and Poole. The 31 operates from Weymouth to Axminster via Dorchester and Bridport.

By ferry

Condor Ferries operates a direct ferry service from Jersey and Guernsey. Easy connections can be made with the St Malo (France) ferry at Jersey. The ferry terminal is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Services to Cherbourg by fast or traditional ferry are provided by Brittany Ferries from Poole. There are good rail, bus and road links between Poole and Weymouth. - Due to a Landslide the ferry terminal is non-operational until early 2013. Ferries will instead operate from Poole or Portsmouth.

Get around

A regular bus service is provided by First within the area. Unlimited travel on First buses in Weymouth costs £2.80 for an adult, and £2.20 for a child. All day travel around Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester is £4.00 for an adult on First Buses. Both the X31 & X53 routes are excellent for sightseeing. X53 All Day Ticket £7/adult. Route 501 is operated by an open topped bus during the holiday season from Weymouth to Portland Bill

There are many taxi companies in Weymouth that are fairly cheap. One is Weyline, tel: +44 1305 777777.

See

Do

Buy

The main shopping streets in the town are St Mary Street, St Thomas Street and New Bond Street. These are all located at the hub of local transport and within five minutes walk of the beach.

Surrounding the main streets are many bustling roads made up of independent retailers.

Eat

Weymouth has many restaurants catering for virtually any taste. Many are found around the town centre. For a more picturesque setting there are several restaurants overlooking the old harbour.

Many of the major chains, including Wetherspoon (two pubs) and Yates's can be found in the town centre.

Locally produced goods are available at independent retailers around the town. Bread, cakes and savouries from the Dorset Cake Company, and Sgt. Bun are particular highlights.

Drink

Weymouth has one of the best nightlifes available on the south coast. So much so that people come from all over the country to experience it. Most of this activity happens in the bars located within the town centre.

On New Year's Eve everyone goes out in fancy dress, leading to it being called the country's largest fancy dress party.

Common after drinking activities include a visit to the beach (less than 5 minutes away), or a trip to one of the many local fast food chains, where chips & cheese is a local favourite.

Some of the most popular include

Sleep

Bed and Breakfast

There are many bed and breakfast establishments to be found in Weymouth. Many of these are located near the seafront. Some examples of this are the mainly family run Georgian bed and breakfasts to be found on the Esplanade,

Away from the hustle and bustle is the more peaceful

Hotels

There is a lack of high quality hotels within Weymouth.

Self-Catering

Camping and Caravans

There are several camp sites around Weymouth. Haven holidays operates three such sites, including the Littlesea and Weymouth Bay holiday parks. Independently operated sites can also be found in the area.

Camping is great at Eweleaze farm located From the West (Weymouth): Proceed through Preston and up the hill to Osmington. At the 30 mph Osmington Village sign turn right onto a track. Drive for 1 km over the hill and down to the farm. Solar showers very cheap basic farmers fields but gorgeous views over southwest coast path and sea.

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