Places to Visit in Weymouth




Weymouth Sea Life Tower

The Quay (behind The Pavilion Complex), Weymouth, Dorset

8.30am - 5.15pm week days

The spectacular Jurassic Skyline (formerly known as the Weymouth Sealife Tower) opened for business in June 2012. Construction of the new £3.5 million landmark attraction took under nine months, from the start of foundation works to the completion of the ground level reception building. Designed by a German company, each of the five 11-ton steel sections of the Tower’s central column were built in Hungary. The base section sits on a concrete base buried several metres beneath the Festival Pier. The clear-fronted passenger gondola, which rotates gently around that column as it climbs to its highest point, was built in France.

As many as 69 people at a time can be carried aloft in the gondola, where on a clear day they may be able to see as far as the famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Amazing views of the Purbeck Cliffs, Portland, Chesil Beach and Weymouth Bay are also assured, and the Tower’s ride operators will point out significant features like the scene of the discovery of the 155-million-year-old head of a marine dinosaur in 2003.

An admission charge applies and the ride lasts approximately 15 minutes. There is commentary on the Jurassic Skyline, and it is possible to purchase a 360° mini guide with Jurassic Coast information. Children under 14 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. The Jurassic Skyline is accessible for disabled guests; however, it has the capacity for only one wheelchair per ride.

Brewers Quay, Hope Square, Weymouth, Dorset

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10.30am-4pm

Weymouth Museum has re-opened on the first floor of the Brewers Quay building and welcomes locals and visitors to explore aspects of the history of the town.

The large equestrian portrait of King George III still dominates the main gallery. Also on display are the remains of a Romano-British woman thought to have been buried in Wyke Regis, a small section of tessellated pavement found in 1902 in Newberry Road, an intricately carved panel from a Weymouth house from the Tudor period, some relics from the Georgian period plus a display of household objects from the 19th and 20th centuries.

There is a children’s corner where hats from many periods can be tried on plus a family trail quiz to follow.

A second smaller gallery is in preparation, which will include ship models, old bottles and works of art on a local theme.

£1 entry fee for adults. Accompanied people under 18 are free.

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

During the Spring and Summer months, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park & Marine Sanctuary is open from 10am until 5pm daily, with last admittance at 4pm. The Park closes earlier in the Autumn and Winter months, and does not open on Christmas Day

Weymouth Sea Life Centre is an all-weather attraction, with numerous indoor marine life exhibitions, as well as several children’s rides and a water play area.

Indoor displays include:

  • the Shark Reef Centre, a tropical haven for sharks and fish
  • a Nursery and breeding centre, housing all their baby creatures and seahorse family
  • the spectacular Turtle Sanctuary with its walk-through underwater tunnel
  • a Treasures of the Deep display teeming with weird and wonderful creatures

Outdoors there are:

  • sanctuaries for the Asian short-clawed otters and harbour seals
  • a resident colony of Humboldt penguins
  • features such as Adventure Island – a land of children rides – and Splash Zone – a children’s water play area
  • the fantastic Crocodile Creek – a mini log flume ride, but be warned you will get wet!
  • naturally themed rockpools, filled with crabs, starfish, urchins and giant spider crabs, hold a giant spider crab or touch a starfish, dodge the surge wave and view what lurks beneath with an underwater viewing device

Feeding Times (times may vary)

11.30am Divine Shark Dinner
Midday Penguin Play Time
12.30pm Terrapin Tea Time
1pm Ravenous Ray Feed
2pm Otter Madness
2.30pm Penguins
3pm Turtle Play Time
3.30pm Super Seal Time
4pm Otter Madness

Mini Golf

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

Open daily from 11am-6pm (last entry at 5pm), except Christmas Day and subject to weather conditions

A swashbuckling game for the whole family!

At the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf in Weymouth, each hole has its own unique challenge to overcome as you work your way around the themed course, which includes treasure chests, gunpowder barrels and a pirate galleon.

Can you conquer the tricky uphill hole with a single deadly shot?

Do you have enough skill to avoid the obstacle blocking your way to the treasure?

Can you make that magical ‘hole in one’? But be warned…you only get the one chance!

sandworld

Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

7 days a week from 10.30am between mid-April and the end of October

Sandworld is the international sand sculpture park at Weymouth’s Lodmoor Country Park.

In 2011, a new all-weather attraction opened on Weymouth’s seafront – Sandworld. Here you can see incredible sand sculptures made entirely from sand and water created by competing sand artists from around the world. Some of the sculptures are as large as a double-decker bus!

Weymouth sand sculptor Mark Anderson, who is well-known for his sand sculpting displays on Weymouth beach, teamed up with local businessman David Hicks to get the attraction off the ground. Mr Anderson also drafted in 10 of the world’s best sand sculptors to help him create Sandworld.

The sand sculptures are staged under a huge marquee and outside, under a canopy cover, there is an activity and sand play area so children can have a go themselves.

All the sand is from Weymouth beach, with permission from Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, and Mr Anderson said all the sand artists commented on its excellent quality.

Accessibility

Pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Facilities

  • picnic tables
  • ice creams for sale
  • small shop

Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UF

Various, see full listing

The Nothe Fort was built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, and is one of the best preserved forts of its kind. Nothe Fort is located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour and is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic coastline.

The history of the Fort is explained through the many displays, exhibits and audiovisual facilities on the ramparts, gun decks and underground passageways.

You don’t have to be a military enthusiast to enjoy the Nothe Fort. It is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather – but beware, the fort is also haunted!

Facilities

  • Shop
  • Canteen and picnic areas
  • Facilities for those with mobility impediments
  • Dogs welcome
  • Parking (pay and display)

Opening times (2014)

Winter Opening:
Sundays only from 16th February to 30th March
11.00am – 4.30pm

Spring & Summer Opening:
Open daily from 1st April to 30th September
10:30am – 5:30pm

Autumn & Winter Opening:
Sundays only from 5th October – 14th December and Half Term from 25th October to 2nd November
11:00am – 4:30pm

B3157 Chickerell Link Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4AF

Open 30th March to 30th September 2014, 10am to 5pm daily, closed Saturdays.

Flowering from late spring through to autumn, the national and international collections of water lilies at Bennetts Water Gardens near Weymouth create one of the most outstanding displays of water lilies in Britain.

Grass pathways lead you through the series of ponds and lakes, surrounded by wetland plants, native trees, palms, wild plants and flowers. Bennetts Water Gardens are a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and home to an abundance of wildlife. There are scenic places to sit and relax, as well as shaded woodland walks to explore. The Tropical House contains exotic plants, including a cacti collection. There is also a family nature trail to keep the younger visitors interested.

The museum at Bennetts Water Gardens describes the local history of Chickerell village (as mentioned in the Domesday Book), Chesil Beach and the Fleet lagoon. It also contains a fascinating history of the site from the brickworks and clay pits of 1859 through to the modern-day gardens.

Many of the original water lilies planted in the gardens by the Bennett family in 1959 came from the same nursery in France that supplied Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny. These same varieties that Monet painted are among the collections held at the gardens today. The Monet-style Japanese bridge was commissioned for Bennetts Water Gardens in 1999 to commemorate 100 years since Monet’s painting ‘Water Lily Pond 1899′, and recreates the painting of a bridge over a water lily pond.

Bennetts Water Gardens near Weymouth also have a gift and plant shop, a cafe and a licensed restaurant. There is free parking on site, and partial wheelchair access (weather permitting). Dogs are not allowed.

Liberty Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 1AZ

Portland Castle was built by King Henry VIII to defend the anchorage against possible French and Spanish invasion, and the castle’s squat appearance is typical of the artillery forts built in the early 1540s.

Unusually for a fortress of this period, the castle has seen much interior alteration, although the exterior remains largely unchanged. It first witnessed serious fighting during the English Civil War, when it was seized by both Parliamentarians and Royalists. It became a Seaplane Station during World War I, and was at the forefront of the D-Day preparations which helped to end World War II.

The Governor’s Garden, designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole as part of the Contemporary Heritage Garden series, contains an impressive circular amphitheatre made from local Portland stone, with two-level seating for about 200 people. This perfectly sheltered spot is a great place to relax and enjoy the dramatic sea and harbour views.

There are audio tours and a touch tour for the visually impaired. You can even come face to face with Henry VIII in the Great Hall!

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Food and Drink
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets
  • Gardens
  • Audio Tours
  • Family Friendly
  • Education
  • Foreign Language Audio Tours
  • Venue Hire
  • Commercial Photography and Filming
  • Guide books are available

Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset

All that remain of Jordan Hill Roman Temple in Weymouth are the foundations and the base of the walls, which are over one metre thick and enclose an area of about 80 square metres. The site is now owned by English Heritage and there is free, year-round access.

Amateur excavations in 1843 found coins that suggest the site was used in the 4th century, which was during the later years of the Roman occupation. However, finds such animal bones and bull horns suggest the site had also been used during Iron Age times. In the southeast corner of the temple, archaeologists found a shaft about four metres deep containing two urns, a spearhead and a sword in a stone cist at its base. Above this cist were deposited 16 layers of ash and charcoal, each containing the remains of a bird (including buzzard, raven, starling and crow) along with a coin and separated from the next layer with roofing slabs. Why these pagan offerings were being made so late in the Roman occupation of the British Isles is not known, as Christianity was already becoming established in Britain by this time. In the land surrounding Weymouth’s Jordan Hill Roman Temple were found the remains of around 100 burials.

It has also been suggested that this site may have been a late 4th century signal station.

Entry is free.

Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

Monday - Sunday. Various Times.

The Front Skatepark in Weymouth is a state-of-the-art centre for skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX in a great seafront location.

The skate park currently has three distinct sports areas: a beginners’ area; the main street course with long planter; and the bowl, halfpipe and spine section. These offer challenges to suit different ability levels allowing for progression and choice.

There is a vast array of ramps to suit all levels of user. There is an undercover beginners’ area plus street and ramp obstacles for the more experienced.

Sessions run all year round, after school, at weekends, in school holidays, and at other times by arrangement. There is also a regular events programme. Low key supervision and support is provided by first-aid trained staff and skatepark volunteers. There is a simple membership scheme and entry fees are kept as low as possible.

The Front, Weymouth’s skate park is a not-for-profit community enterprise managed by the Weymouth Skatepark Association.

Facilities

  • custom-built ramps for all levels from beginner to expert
  • helmets for hire
  • skateboards for hire
  • snack bar and cafe
  • pool table
  • car park

Hope Square, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TR

Brewers Quay in Weymouth is a re-developed Victorian brewery in Weymouth’s Old Harbour with places to eat and traders selling antiques, collectables and vintage furniture.

After being closed for a number of years, it finally re-opened at Easter 2013.

The complex in Hope Square now houses an antiques emporium, arts and craft centre and an Italian restaurant, Il Porto. Brewers Quay currently has over 50 dealers selling retro items, antiques, collectables, furniture and vinyls.

Brewers Quay Auction House is also based in the historic Brewers Quay. The Auction House holds regular auctions, normally two a month, which include furniture, porcelain, jewellery, antiques and other items of interest.

Further redevelopment/refurbishment is planned to include a military museum, cafe and offices.

Greenhill, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SW

At the edge of Weymouth town centre, sloping up from the beach and promenade, are Greenhill Gardens, where you can get some of the best views across Weymouth Bay.

The winding paths and brightly coloured flower beds of the Gardens are a true delight to discover but there is also an 18-hole putting green, tennis courts, a bowling green and two cafes to keep you occupied.

Weymouth’s Greenhill Gardens have been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country.

lodmoor

Map grid reference: SY688809

Open at all times

Bearded tits and Cetti’s warblers can be seen all year round, and the autumn migration can be spectacular with hundreds of swallows, martins and wagtails, as well as lots of wading birds.

Lodmoor RSPB has one of the largest common tern colonies in the south west of England, and the hide provides great views of their fascinating courtship and the chicks growing up through spring and summer.

Spring highlights

Little grebes ‘whinny’ in courtship displays and pairs of shovelers spin around each other, heads locked together below the water’s surface. By the middle of spring, summer visitors will have arrived: swallows, martins and by the beginning of May, swifts. The reed beds are noisy places to be, full of warblers staking out their territories.

Summer highlights

Listen for the explosive song of the Cetti’s warbler – a little like a wren’s song but even louder. Hobbies fly overhead in their attempts to catch small birds, causing havoc among the flocks. The tiny, stripy little grebe chicks can be seen out on the water with their parents.

Autumn highlights

Kingfishers are easiest to see at this time of the year, as young birds disperse from where they hatched. Bearded tits are also more obvious. Lodmoor RSPB is the perfect refuelling site for waders en route from the Arctic to Africa – you may see birds like black-tailed godwits, and green and wood sandpipers.

Winter highlights

Bitterns fly in from Europe during cold weather, but can be tricky to see. Grey herons stand at the water’s edge, waiting for fish to swim by within striking distance. Little egrets are more proactive and stir up the water with their yellow feet to entice small fish, worms and shrimps. This is the best season for watching wildfowl, with pochards, teals, tufted ducks, shelducks and gadwalls around the reserve. Marsh harriers can still be seen hunting over the reeds.

Facilities

  • pay and display car park (not RSPB)
  • group bookings accepted
  • guided walks available
  • pushchair friendly
  • dogs allowed on public footpaths and bridleways
radipole

Map grid reference: SY671804

Visitor Centre is open daily 9am to 5pm (4pm in winter). The hide is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm. The Visitor Centre and hide are both closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve is a great place to come, whether you are new to wildlife watching or an experienced birdwatcher. There are well-known birds at the reserve such as house sparrows, finches and robins, alongside rare birds like the Cetti’s warbler and bittern. On a typical walk you can even see seven or eight different kinds of ducks.

There is plenty for families to do, with specially-created trails, bird events and, during the summer, family activities such as pond dipping and bug hunts.

Spring highlights

In spring, the air is filled with bird song as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. Flocks of swallows and martins gather over the water to feed on insects after their migration from Africa. Warblers also arrive, including grasshopper, willow and Cetti’s warblers, blackcaps, whitethroats and lesser whitethroats. The reed beds are full of singing sedge and reed warblers.

Summer highlights

In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Hobbies can be seen flying after small birds and dragonflies, which they catch with their feet then pass to their beaks while still flying. Flowering plants attract good numbers of butterflies, such as commas, painted ladies and peacocks.

Autumn highlights

Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds – some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. Bearded tits become easier to see, with family groups roaming the reed beds and making their distinctive ‘pinging’ call. As the water levels are lowered in preparation for winter reed cutting, the mud attracts wading birds such as dunlins, snipe, redshanks and lapwings.

Winter highlights

In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm. You may see a bittern if you are patient – they will fly up from the reeds occasionally to get to different feeding areas. During cold snaps, water rails become much easier to see as they must feed outside the frozen-up reed beds. There is a large roost of pied wagtails in Weymouth and the birds can often be seen at Radipole Lake before heading into town for the night.

Marsh Harriers

The first marsh harriers to breed in Dorset in almost 50 years successfully raised three chicks in 2009 at Radipole Lake RSPB. Being only 10 minutes’ walk from Weymouth town centre, these marsh harrier chicks are thought to be the most urban of their species to fledge in the British Isles. The arrival of the parents at the reserve was filmed for the BBC television programme Springwatch.

Facilities

  • information centre
  • shop
  • refreshments available
  • picnic area
  • pushchair friendly
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pay and display car park (not RSPB)
  • toilets, including disabled, in the car park (not RSPB)
  • binocular hire
  • group bookings accepted
  • guided walks available
  • dogs allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

Entrance fees

It is free to walk around the reserve. Fees are only charged for use of the hide.

This circular tour starts and ends at the Jubilee Clock on Weymouth’s seafront. The tour takes approximately two hours.

The Jubilee Clock was erected in 1887 to mark the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. It was originally positioned on a stone base on Weymouth sands, but in the 1920s the Esplanade was built around it to protect the sands from the encroachment of shingle from the eastern end of the beach.

Face away from the sea and walk down King Street, passed the railway station on your right. At the traffic lights, turn right along Radipole Park Drive. Continue along Radipole Park Drive until you see an entrance on your right to the Princess Diana Memorial Gardens, just behind Aldi. These Victorian, tree-lined gardens are a haven of tranquillity where you can sit and watch the world go by. Take a circular stroll around these beautiful gardens and then leave the same way you came in, onto Radipole Park Drive.

Walk back towards the traffic lights but before you reach them, cross over the road into the Swannery car park. In the far right-hand corner of the car park, you will see the entrance to Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve. Radipole Lake is considered to be one of the most important areas for migrating birds on the whole of the south coast of England. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1929 and has been managed by the RSPB since 1976. It is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reedbeds at Radipole Lake are now home to many rare birds, including Cetti’s warblers, bearded tits and bitterns. You can take a detour here to walk around the reserve if you wish.

Continuing with the tour, head towards the far left-hand corner of the car park and follow the path under the road bridge. Walk along the edge of the River Wey, where you can feed the ducks and swans. Pass the Palm House cafe on your left and the Gurkha Restaurant on your right. Continue walking towards the bridge ahead of you (Westham Bridge). You will notice there are actually two bridges; one a footbridge and the other now a car park. The older bridge is in fact a dam controlling the water level in Radipole Lake that is fed by the river.

On reaching the bridge, carry straight on (actually a left then an immediate right) along the new Marina Walkway that runs parallel to Weymouth harbour. This new walkway was completed in May 2001 and provides an accessible walkway along the marina’s edge. Weymouth Marina provides moorings for a thousand boats and is a thriving part of the local community.

Walk under the Town Bridge, turn left up the steps and cross the bridge. The current Town Bridge was built in 1930 on the line of an earlier 1824 bridge. The first bridge was built in 1594 between Melcombe Regis and Weymouth. Before this, crossing was by rope-hauled ferryboat, when not disrupted by frequent feuding between the two communities.

Once across the bridge, turn left and continue along Trinity Road where the elegant bow-fronted houses date from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Continue along the side of Weymouth’s Old Harbour to the town pump. To the right in Trinity Street is Trinity House, a fine Georgian brick building, and next to it is an Elizabethan town house, which became part of Weymouth’s first Assembly Rooms in the 1760s when a new wing was added at the rear for balls and concerts. Opposite is the classically-designed Hope Chapel, built in 1862. Also in Trinity Street is the Tudor House, one of Weymouth’s few remaining Tudor buildings. The building once stood on the harbour edge and was built at the end of the 16th century.

From the town pump, continue along the terrace cottages of Cove Row, which were built in about 1810. Carry on to Hope Street, which was once on the water’s edge of the ‘ope’ or cove that ran back into what is now Hope Square and had houses on both sides, some right by the water. The ope was filled in 1782 across the mouth of the inlet. Despite its relatively modern appearance, No 21 Hope Street dates from the 16th century or earlier.

Continue along the Harbourside past the Nothe Parade. This delightful terrace of houses contains a mix of late Georgian and Victorian architecture. As you walk along here note the bridge which crosses a slipway used for boat repairs. This is an old established yard, and the slipmasters house with its balustraded steps dates from about 1780. Continue along the path passing the Lifeboat Station and shop.

From the harbourside, take one of a number of flights of steps up towards the Nothe Fort. One of these flights of steps has an iron rail on each side, which was an inclined tramway for ammunition trucks serving the fort in its early days. If you look further along the harbourside you can see the stone pier protecting the harbour mouth.

Once at the top of the steps turn to your left. In front of you is the Nothe Fort. This coastal defence fort was completed in 1872 under Lord Palmerston’s programme of re-arming against possible French invasion. It was armed with heavy muzzle-loading guns. It is open to the public and well worth spending time exploring.

With the fort in front of you turn to your right and follow the path along Elizabethan Way through the gardens and along Jubilee Walk. Take time to look at the view across Portland Harbour, the second largest man-made harbour in the world. Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay were the venues for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events.

At some steps, turn right up the steps and follow the road to the corner. Continue down Horsford Street passing a fine pair of 1830 cottages. At the bottom of the hill turn right into Hope Square. As you enter the square turn to your right and see the newly-converted flats built in the early 19th century malthouse and standing above that, the late 18th century Red Barracks and Wellington Court. As a contrast to these modern redevelopments, a little way down to your right is No 6 Hope Street, an 18th century Portland stone town house with probably the best stone facade in Weymouth.

On your left is the imposing front of the old Devenish Brewery. This very interesting building dates variously from 1869 to the grand Dutch gabled facade of 1904. Across the square you can see Pilgrim House, dating from 1640 but rebuilt as an elegant Georgian house.

On leaving Hope Square, bear to your left up the steep hill, and at the top turn right into Herbert Place, then turn right in to Hartlebury Terrace. From here follow the path to the left into Trinity Terrace. These small houses, dating from the 1830s, look from their bow windows over the original Borough of Melcombe Regis and northwards across Weymouth Bay towards White Nothe and the chalk cliffs. In the immediate foreground are the backs of the late Georgian houses fronting Trinity Road and the harbour. In the back plots of some are fragments of mainly Portland stone walling of still earlier dwellings (16th century), which overlooked the harbour before the quays were built.

As you walk along Trinity Terrace, look carefully above each door at the carvings; each one is different. At the end of Trinity Terrace there are good views over Weymouth Marina and towards the Ridgeway in the distance. Turn right here and walk down the steps behind the church to the bottom.

Trinity Church is now in front of you. The church was designed by Philip Wyatt and built in 1836. It was then extended by the local architect G.R. Crickmay in 1886. When first built, the church had its altar on the east wall and galleries set back on either side. When it was enlarged, the altar was set on the south and two large transepts formed the east and west. The north front faces Melcombe Regis and dominates the approach to the Town Bridge.

At the bottom of the steps you will see you are back at the Town Bridge. From here you can take a small detour to visit Weymouth’s oldest pub, The Boot Inn, and the old Town Hall. Both are located to your left along North Quay past the Council Office on the left-hand side.

Cross back over the Town Bridge and turn right down the steps on to Custom House Quay. Walk along the edge of the quay with the harbour on your right. Here you can see the old railway lines running along the road; trains stopped running along the line in 1994. On your left is Maiden Street. Look up this road towards the Stuart building at the junction with St Edmund Street. A cannon ball fired during the English Civil War fighting is embedded high in the wall. Continue walking along the harbourside. Further along is the fish market, which dates from 1855 and was built to enable local fishermen to market their catch more satisfactorily than on the quay side; in formal style with wide overhanging eaves, it is a building of distinction. This is still the place to buy locally caught fresh fish. When you get to Vaughan’s Restaurant, you will notice a plaque on the wall to indicate where a trading vessel berthed in 1348, which brought the Black Death to England. All along Custom House Quay you can see how bow windows are a feature of many late 18th century houses in the town. The Sharky’s Indoor Play area, originally a 19th century warehouse is also located here, together with other 19th century warehouses. Despite some demolition most remain and have been converted to other uses. The Royal Dorset Yacht Club occupies a mid-19th century Gothic-style, chapel-like building and was formerly an institute for seamen, known as the Sailor’s Bethel. Before that, the 18th century Baths were here. The Custom House is a fine red brick Georgian house with deep bow windows. It was built in the late 18th century by a merchant to enable him to oversee his shipping interests from his home. It was the Custom House from the early 19th century until 1985. Nowadays, the building is the office for the Harbour Master.

At the end of the Quay is the ferry terminal and green-roofed Pavilion Theatre. The original theatre, The Pavilion, opened in 1908 and was the centre of the local entertainment scene until 1954 when a huge fire completely destroyed the building, then known as The Ritz.

From the Pavilion Theatre, walk back towards the Jubilee Clock along the seafront, called The Esplanade, which is one of the finest Georgian seafronts in the country. Look out for the famous sand sculptures, the award-winning beach donkeys and the Punch & Judy Show. Just before you reach the Jubilee Clock you will see a statue of King George III. Weymouth’s popularity as a seaside resort began in the 1780s and continued with King George III regularly visiting Weymouth from 1789 to 1805. It was the King himself who started the tradition of sea bathing here in Weymouth.