Let First Great Western take you to this charming seaside resort that’s fit for a king. Make sure to take the Weymouth Wizard this summer – an eight carriage, Bristol to Weymouth high speed train so you’ll have even more time to spend on the beach.
10AM Weymouth Beach
Ever since King George III took regular summer sojourns to Weymouth, the town has been a popular tourist destination in the South West. For royals and their subjects alike, a highlight has to be the three-mile long beach that offers all the traditional attractions of the English seaside. Take a stroll along the golden sands, ride a donkey or watch lively events such as beach volleyball and Punch and Judy shows.
Picturesque and imposing, this Victorian coastal defence jutting into the sea next to Weymouth Harbour was an important Royal Navy base. Nothe Fort has nevertheless lain down its arms and is now a fascinating museum filled with displays and mammoth guns that chart the history of this magnificent structure. It has also been voted one of the spookiest places in the UK, so watch out for a ghostly whistling gunner who is supposed to walk the passageways!
Get a fish’s eye view of the life aquatic at this attraction, which takes visitors on an adventure both above and below the ocean. From exotic black tip reef sharks to a family of mischievous otters, a dazzling array of creatures call Sea Life Weymouth home. Budding Jacques Cousteaus will enjoy the interactive rockpool, and those with a head for heights should scale the 53m tall Sea Life Tower for an amazing 360º panorama over the coast.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or still finding your sea legs, this purpose-built centre is perfect for taking advantage of some excellent sailing waters. Set in the middle of the Jurassic Coast (the only natural World Heritage Site on the UK mainland), the academy draws in visitors from around the globe and notably hosted many sailing events during the London 2012 Olympics.
Weymouth’s long history of sand sculpting is celebrated at this unique attraction, giving visitors the chance to marvel at the skill and intricacy of some of the finest craftsmen in the field. The attraction also gives visitors the chance to have a go themselves - what will you make?
For more ideas on what to do, don’t forget to check out the super savings available exclusively to First Great Western passengers for a variety of events and attractions in Dorset.