Heritage Breaks

Weymouth’s origins date back to Roman times when galleys would sail up the River Wey to Radipole to offload their goods for transport to the Roman town of Durnovaria (Dorchester).

By 1252, Weymouth had become established as a successful seaport in its own right on the southern side of the River Wey, in competition with its near neighbour, Melcombe Regis, on the northern side.

In 1348 the first case of the Black Death was recorded in Melcombe Regis, brought into England, it is suspected, aboard a spice ship. The two towns were united by a 1571 Act of Parliament into the double borough of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.

Weymouth really came into its own during the reign of George III, when seabathing became fashionable and the King was introduced to Weymouth by his younger brother, the Duke of Gloucester. Much of society followed and the resulting housing boom was responsible for the classical Georgian architecture still typical of Weymouth today.

The creation of a turnpike road from Dorchester to Weymouth in 1771 eased travel to the town and the arrival of the London & South Western Railway in 1857 confirmed Weymouth ‘s position as one of Britain’s preeminent seaside resorts, a position it has never lost.

For a truly nostalgic experience, why not combine your steam rail trip with a visit to the Victorian Day at Nothe Fort on 20th August 2017 or take one of the regular Smugglers Tours or Haunted Harbour Tours organised by The Weymouth Heritage Centre.

Check Availability & Book Now


To check instantly for up-to-date room availability and rates at The Leam, just enter your arrival and departure dates and the number of guests – or call us on 01305 784127. We look forward to hearing from you!