Weymouth is a large seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The town is 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Dorchester and 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the Isle of Portland. The town's population is 52,950 (2006) with a catchment population of 71,700 (2001).  The A354 road bridge connects Weymouth to Portland, which together form the borough of Weymouth and Portland. The history of the borough stretches back to the 12th century; including involvement in the spread of the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas, the development of Georgian architecture, and preparations for World War II.  
Fishing and trading employ fewer people in the area since their peak in earlier centuries, but tourism has continuously increased its presence in the town since the 18th century and is now the primary industry. Weymouth is a tourist resort, and its economy depends on its harbour and visitor attractions; the town is a gateway situated half-way along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Weymouth Harbour is home to cross-channel ferries, pleasure boats and private yachts, and nearby Portland Harbour is home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games will be held

Why visit?

  • From sailing and windsurfing to kayaking and paddle-boarding, Weymouth has plenty of activities to keep you entertained. There are also plenty of walking and cycling routes to explore, as well as a range of golf courses.
  • Weymouth is home to a range of bars, pubs and clubs, offering something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a quiet drink or a lively night out, you'll find it in Weymouth.
  • Weymouth's harbour is one of the oldest in the country, with a rich maritime history. Take a stroll around the harbour and explore the many attractions, including the Nothe Fort, the Weymouth Pavilion and the Sea Life Centre.