A Day Trip to Weymouth

August 24th, 2020

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!

 

Picturesque harbour 

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.

Weymouth harbour boats

Photo credit: Matthew Hartley, Flickr

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.

cruise ships in Weymouth

Photo credit: Andrew Bone, Flickr

 

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.

Nothe fort weymouth

Photo credit: Claire Cox, Flickr

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.

weymouth beach

Photo credit: Andrew Nash, Flickr

Family attractions 

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.

clownfish

Other family friendly attractions nearby include Sandworld, Pirate Adventure Golf and Fantasy Island.

 

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.

brewery square weymouth

Photo credit: Andrew Bone, Flickr

Along the harbour there are numerous art galleries displaying the work of talented local artists

 

Hidden gems 

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!

sandsfoot castle

Photo credit: Alastair Campbell, Flickr

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’.

fleet lagoon

Photo credit: Alex Brown, Flickr

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.

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage

    David

    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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BY ROAD

From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.

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