Weymouth boasts a World Heritage Coastline and its long arc of fine golden sand was recently declared the UK’s best beach in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017and also ranked as ninth best beach in Europe! The resort has a charming harbour from where you can gaze at all the comings and goings of luxury yachts, fishing trawlers, tall ships and RNLI Lifeboats. The grand Georgian seafront is lined with al fresco cafés and is the perfect place to relax with a drink and watch the world go by. Enjoy awesome views from the Jurassic Skyline tower or relax in Bennetts Water Gardens with its tropical lilies and ponds as well as a ‘Monet style’ bridge. Perhaps head to Nothe Fort, built by the Victorians and now an award winning visitor attraction with labyrinthine passageways and striking ramparts. Maybe you’d like to experience the sights and sounds at one of Weymouth’s RSPB reserves where you’ll have the chance to get up close to local wildlife.
Broadchurch’s West Bay & Lyme Regis
Fans of the smash hit TV series Broadchurch will be engrossed by our excursion to West Bay – the murder mystery’s instantly recognisable backdrop. The towering sandstone cliffs at West Bay featured prominently in the show and the drama’s police station, harbour and pier are also located in this sleepy settlement. We continue to Lyme Regis, a village set against moody blue cliffs with an intriguing mystique and a harbour called the Cobb. The resort has a number of historical landmarks, most notably the fourteenth century watermill and the fascinating Leper’s Well. Perhaps visit the museum that tell the story of the town’s fossils, browse the art at the Beachcomber Gallery or unwind in Lister Gardens.
Dorchester & Jurassic Coast
The market town of Dorchester was the inspiration for fictional “Casterbridge” in Thomas Hardy’s novels and is home to a statue of the great author. There is also a must see Roman Town House that was uncovered in the 1930s and is now a Grade I listed monument. We return via the breathtaking Jurassic Coast with its dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, shingle banks and sandy beaches.
Bournemouth & Sandbanks
First up is Bournemouth where you’ll find pleasure piers filled with traditional seaside fun and a plethora of parks such as the alum Chine with its tropical flowers by the sea. We proceed to Sandbanks, a tiny little sand dune and millionaire’s playground with a fine beach and charming promenade.
This splendid, sprawling hotel stands proudly on Weymouth’s glorious esplanade and has a seafront coffee shop and a guest lounge offering stunning coastal views. Impressive facilities include a games room and a bar with dance floor where nightly entertainment is hosted. A short stroll along the promenade brings you to the bars, shops and attractions in Weymouth’s town centre.