Set almost exactly halfway along the World Heritage site that is Dorset’s Jurassic coast, Weymouth is the ideal location from which to explore this fascinating area of the country.

There is lots to interest visitors in Weymouth itself, from the beauty of the Georgian Esplanade with its ‘handsome ranges of buildings’ to the solid mass of the Victorian Nothe Fort, set protectively on the western end of Weymouth’s luxuriously long beach.

Weymouth’s Harbour is one of its many gems, with a lifting bridge connecting the old towns of Weymouth to the south and Melcombe Regis to the north. Fishing boats and trawlers still go out each day to haul back and unload their catches of fresh fish and crabs to sell in the local fish market.

Close by are the RSPB reserves of Radipole Lake and Lodmoor Country Park, and a whole network of well-signed walking trails which take in much of the beauty of the surrounding area. Click on Nature Breaks for more recommendations.

Then there’s the Jurassic Coast itself, 95 miles of fossil-filled coastline with spectacular views – just don’t get too close to the edge!

Further afield, Dorset has more than its fair share of castles and coves, forts and gardens, not forgetting Portland Bill, the island base whose quarries still produce the Portland Stone Christopher Wren chose for St Paul’s Cathedral. Find out more with our Discover Dorset page.

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