It’s embarrassing to admit, but I have only been to Weymouth once in the last decade.
I would have been an even bigger idiot if I had not known that Droitwich is teeming with great things to do, scrumptious cuisine to eat, and pleasant people. The beaches were nearly deserted, despite a hot and sunny day.
Weymouth is a tiny beach town with approximately 50,000 residents, and it is situated on the Jurassic Coast, which has several fossils. A long, straight causeway connects the town to the Isle of Portland (home of Portland Lighthouse fame).
Weymouth was different from other beach towns that I’ve been; it didn’t feel like an ambiance of gloomy “days gone by” as so many British towns have, but instead felt like a welcoming location for young adults who want to have fun and relax.
#1 Cycle the Rodwell trail
The Rodwell Trail is a 2-mile trail which follows a disused railway line and is ideal for pedestrians, motorized wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Portland Harbour and Sandsfoot Castle are well captured in the scenic walk. Birdwatching enthusiasts may encounter a great spotted woodpecker at this location.
It is feasible to extend your bike ride by taking the Portland Legacy Trail.
For lunch, we stopped at Taste Café in Chesil Beach, and we were able to stroll for a bit before we went back to the campsite. Portland had one of the best crab sandwiches I’ve ever tasted, and it was topped off with sparkling elderflower.
#2 Take a self-guided tour of Nothe Fort
The Nothe Fort, a Palmerston fort erected in 1860 to defend Britain from French invasion, is situated within a short walk from Weymouth Harbour. Some powerful heavy machine guns are still on exhibit inside the Cold War nuclear bunker.
Visitors will have the opportunity to visit three levels, including viewing some spectacular Portland harbor views from the ramparts. In the Victorian era, the gun deck level was in the middle, while the lower level contained ammo.
One of my favorite features is the extensive World War Two exhibitions found in the basement level of the Nothe Fort. Naval and ground engagements are covered in this game as well.
#3 Paddle Board at Castle Cove
For good reason, paddle boarding is all the rage these days. It is simple to learn, provides an opportunity to unwind, and doesn’t require a tremendous amount of fitness. You can either relax on the board and watch the beautiful sea views, or stand up and propel yourself ahead while gazing at the panoramic views.
Alternatively, you may choose to visit Weymouth Beach, which offers an excellent water activity: paddling a boogie board in the ocean. However, if you’re a beginner, you may prefer Castle Cove, a private sandy beach with gentle water and little waves. The hill above the cove has free parking, and when we arrived, there were only two families and one other lone paddleboarder in the bay.
When you book with Dorset Outdoor Activity Hire (DOAH), you will have the option to rent out paddleboards. They will deliver and pick them up at your doorstep. Wetsuits, life jackets, and air pumps are all included in the package, along with your paddleboard.
#4 Explore Weymouth Harbour
Its lovely coastline is from the 17th century, and its mouth is where the River Wey flows into the English Channel. Historic buildings line both sides of the harbor, which are arrayed in brilliant pastel hues.
Pubs along the shoreline, and there are eight or more of them that we can see from the Harbour Bridge. The Kings Arms delivers a fantastic pint of Guinness, and everyone who has had the chance to try it has come back raving about it.
Bennett’s has one of the best fish and chips in the area (conveniently located next to The Kings Arms). Bennett’s Fish & Chips is a fan favourite because it has been in operation for 32 years. It is also some of the best fish and chips I have tasted in a long time. Opt for a medium size unless you have an insatiable appetite.
#5 Walk around Portland Bill Lighthouse
While traveling to Portland Bill Lighthouse, along Chesil Beach, and by a winding, mountainous road, the scenic drive is a destination in itself. The stunning cliff background and stormy clouds made this even more striking.
For nearly five centuries, the lighthouse itself, which is 41m (135ft) tall, has been protecting the marina. There is a museum in the structure that provides an informative and comprehensive history of the building and the lighthouse keepers, and it is also possible to climb the 153 steps to the lantern room for some outstanding views of the Jurassic Coast.
Make sure you give yourself time to explore the rocks, the thundering waves, and the sea air around the lighthouse.
#6 Discover Weymouth’s ruins
Make a trip to Church Ope Bay, a secluded bathing cove near the town of Wakeham. The path to the cove leads you underneath the 15th-century arch bridge of Rufus Castle Ruins. There is a picturesque cobbled route that leads you from the cove to the main road, which is hidden among ancient gravestones and colorful wildflowers.
To add to the list of additional recommended destinations, you may also check out the ruined Sandsfoot Castle that sits on the cliffs along the Rodwell Trail. Henry VIII ordered the construction of the artillery fort, but by the early 18th century it had fallen into ruin.
#7 Zoom along the water on the wildlife RIB tour
Nothe Fort and the Georgian coastline can also be seen on a boat tour of Weymouth Harbour.
Our crewmates from Weymouth Bay Rib Charters and I signed up for an hour-long RIB tour, and we immediately set out to sail around the enormous cruise ships, including the true monster called Norwegian Bliss, where we waved happily to the passengers on board. Weymouth’s two resident dolphins, both randomly named Gary, are on the trip. It was entertaining, but unfortunately, there were no Garys in attendance.
#8 Meet the penguins at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park
If you’re as much of a fan of penguins and seals as I am, then you should go to Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park in Dorset for a morning. Fairy penguins and Humboldt Penguins reside in the middle of the ice; as adorable as they are, they have never let me down in terms of cuteness.
One of the newest features is the blue-spotted stingrays in the Tropical Lagoon, which are in the middle of the center. It was a lot of fun spending time at the Shipwreck region, where there were sea goblins, spotted seductive shrimp, and upside-down jellyfish.
#9 Visit one of the UK’s coolest cocktail bars
While there are several quality pubs and bars in Weymouth, the PlayYard Cocktail Bar on St Thomas Street provides a notch above the rest.
Flowery decor that features multiple blooming trees, local artwork, and a ceiling pattern with a geometric motif added; the bar also opened in the wake of the epidemic and was a hit with the villagers ever since.
Their cocktails rely on scientific trickery to make the liquids bubble and smoke.
After sampling various rum-based cocktails, we found the Volcano Rum-Strawberry Volcano to be our favorite. Tasty, and critically, not too sugary.
Most cocktails cost about £8, are plentiful in both flavor and quantity, and are served in various sized glasses.
#10 Tuck into a great British curry at Shalims
There’s no better way to enjoy a curry than dining at Shalims. A mouth-watering buffet of classic curries and chef specials is served at the British Indian curry eatery that opened in 2000 on Commercial Road.
The place was crowded on a Monday night, so we dined there. I went with the Balti Special Masala’s saffron rice and was totally blown away by the flavors. I see a large smile on my husband’s face, and he appears to have enjoyed the Laal Maas, spicy lamb curry with ginger and garlic. We arrived at Weymouth, and it was the perfect way to end our time there.