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Weymouth & Portland

About Weymouth & Portland

Weymouth and Portland offer Olympian proportions of fun and are a fabulous showcase of Dorset’s many contrasts.

Sitting in a beautiful sheltered bay, Weymouth can count kings and queens among its repeat visitors, and today provides nostalgic charm as a Great British seaside stay.

Traditional attractions sit alongside contemporary public art spaces, award-winning fish and chips and fresh seafood. A buzzing nightlife, great shopping and year-round live events calendar make this a must-do destination. The harbour itself holds star appeal, boasting a brilliant display of colourful Georgian architecture in front of a family-friendly beach with golden sands and stunning views. If you forget your bucket and spade, why not check out the professional sculptures at Sand World, or simply sit back and watch the boats pass under the historic rising bridge?

Attached to the mainland by a narrow limestone ridge, Portland is often referred to as an island, but in reality is a rugged peninsula with striking cliffs and hidden pirate coves. Host to London 2012 Olympic sailing events, the sporting and adventurous will find plenty here to keep them entertained including rock climbing, kayaking and diving. Walkers and those seeking wildlife will also feel perfectly at home with fascinating folklore, castles and a lighthouse making an impression on the landscape.

Whether you’re looking for a beauty spot to ride your bike, take a boat ride or soak up a sensational sunset, Weymouth and Portland are just the place for you.

Inspire: Weymouth & Portland Holiday Articles

Exploring Dorset - Day 1

We choose the delights of West Dorset for our minibreak, in an area stretching from Lyme Regis to Weymouth and Portland.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 2

On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.

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Best Beaches

As England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast ranks among the globe’s top natural wonders, with the likes of the Galapagos Islands and Victoria Falls for company. Spanning 95 miles, there is plenty for holidaymakers to explore, and a surprising diversity amongst its many beautiful beaches.

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Cultural Coast

From breath-taking storm beaches to idyllic fields and traditional villages, Dorset’s dramatic scenery covers a spectrum of characters and moods. As the birthplace or holiday location of some of the UK’s most highly regarded authors, it is no wonder that the region has been cited as the inspiration behind an array of literary settings.

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Best Foodie Pubs

Dorset is bursting with quality local ingredients, whether grown in the earth or straight from the sea. And all that fresh coastal air is perfect for working up a thirst and an appetite.

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On The Trail

Boasting more than 4,700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways, there’s every reason to discover Dorset on foot.

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Taste of the Sea

With its prime location along Britain’s south coast, Dorset is the ultimate destination for sampling sensational local seafood, with delectable dishes and takeout dinner options galore. There really is no better way to immerse yourself in a summer holiday sensation than by treating the taste buds.

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