We highly recommend taking some time to visit Weymouth during a stay at Ulwell Holiday Park. Located just along the coast from our caravan and camping site in Swanage, this seaside resort is packed full of beautiful viewpoints, delicious restaurants and interesting things to see and do.
Here we list some of the ‘must-see’ attractions in Weymouth. They’re guaranteed to make your day trip from Swanage one to remember!
Weymouth is probably best known for its historic harbourside. The beautiful harbour is flanked by bars, pubs and restaurants providing plenty of options to grab a bite to eat. Watch the extravagant yachts sail through the marina and be sure to capture a photo when they pass under the lifting bridge. You could even head out on one of the many boat trips on offer, if you fancy getting out on the water and seeing the sights for yourself.
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If you need to stretch your legs, take a leisurely walk past the life boat station on your way to the Stone Pier. At the end climb the spiral staircase to the top of the small viewing tower. From here you’ll be treated to far reaching views over Weymouth Bay, the sea front and Portland in the distance.
At the moment there are sometimes as many as 10 cruise ships at anchor, waiting for the go ahead to return to work. The sheer number of liners in one place at the same time is a real spectacle not to be missed.
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Nothe Fort and Gardens
Continuing up the steps from the Stone Pier, you can pay a visit to the Nothe Fort. Now a community enterprise run solely by volunteers, the fort was originally built in the Victorian era and played an important role in the Second World War. Visitors can explore the forts underground passageways, follow the trail to find hidden mice and walk through life like reconstructions of shops and air raid shelters.
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Nearby Nothe Gardens boast ample space for picnics and outdoor games. Watch the squirrels and birds from the various seating areas dotted along the pathways. If you’re in the mood for a dip, head on down to Newtons Cove. Much quieter than the main stretch of beach, this secluded spot is ideal for paddling and is dog friendly year-round. At low water plenty of rock pools are exposed, creating the perfect environment for crabbing or rock pooling.
Golden sandy beach
The golden beach is another of Weymouth’s greatest draws. Not least because of the shallow bathing waters but because of the range of activities on offer. From swing boats, donkey rides and ice cream stands to amusement arcades and fun fairs – there is plenty of traditional entertainment to keep the whole family entertained.
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For younger members of the family the Sea Life Centre is sure to be a hit. With thousands of creatures to see in various indoor and outdoor exhibits, you can explore an underwater world whilst learning lots of interesting facts about the animal’s life in the wild and current conservation efforts. The Sea Life Centre is home to various species of fish, seashorses, turtles, jellyfish, sharks, rays, penguins, otters and seals. There’s also a splash zone and a Caribbean Cove themed outdoor play area.
Culture & history
Weymouth has a rich and varied history, with plenty to offer those interested in arts and culture. Weymouth Museum has recently reopened with plenty of artefacts on display. The exhibits focus on a range of themes including maritime history, the Black death, Weymouth’s involvement in the brewing industry and local castles and fortifications. You can also take a guided history tour through the town and see some of the prominent landmarks and hear tales of their past.
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Along the harbour there are numerous art galleries displaying the work of talented local artists
If you want to head off the beaten track and visit some lesser known places during your day trip in Weymouth, we’ve got you covered. Sandsfoot Castle overlooking Portland Harbour is a great spot for a picnic whilst enjoying the beautiful view. There’s an elevated platform within the ruins allowing you to walk inside and get an up-close look at the gun battery originally built by Henry VIII. Outside, the perfectly manicured gardens with pond provide a tranquil escape to relax and unwind. Best of all it’s free!
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From here you can follow the Rodwell Trail to Small Mouth Cove. A little further and you’ll reach The Fleet, a tidal lagoon sandwiched between Weymouth and Chesil Beach. The Fleet, in our opinion, is largely overlooked by visitors, but it’s a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours, especially if you’re interested in wildlife. There’s abundant fish as well as plenty of birds seen wading in the wetlands. The Chesil Beach Centre near the Ferry Bridge end has lots of information on the various species that call the area home. There are various interactive displays as well as live underwater cameras.
If you choose to take a walk here, you’ll notice the remains of pill boxes from WWII – lasting reminders of the area’s military history. The Fleet Lagoon was in fact used to test early prototypes of the ‘bouncing bomb’.
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We very much hope you enjoy a day trip to Weymouth during your stay at Ulwell Holiday Park. For more things to do suggestions take a look at our blog, or ask our friendly reception team for their recommendations.