Things To do in the area

Why not visit the beautifully-restored Victorian Nothe Fort with its fantastic views of Weymouth and Portland, or the Tudor House, one of Weymouth's few remaining Tudor buildings which is furnished in the style of an early 17th century middle class family home? There is also the remains of the Jordan Hill Roman Temple overlooking Weymouth Bay. For nature lovers, there's not one but two RSPB nature reserves, Weymouth's Sea Life Park, and the butterfly reserves on Portland. Or, for the younger (or not so younger ones) ones, there's always Sharky's indoor soft play centre, the skate park, as well as pirate-themed mini golf and Sandworld.

The Weymouth and Portland area provides some of the finest waters in Britain, perhaps even Europe, for watersports such as sailing, diving, wind surfing, kite surfing and sea angling, which is why it has been selected as the venue for the Olympic sailing events when London hosts the Games in 2012. For the less energetic, there are frequent boat trips along the breathtaking Jurassic coastline, including some paddle steamer excursions, high-speed ferries making daily trips to the Channel Islands, and even a white water ride through Portland's roughest waters, 'the Race'.

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Weymouth's town centre boasts three formal gardens, each with its own unique character. Greenhill Gardens on the seafront are laid out using gloriously colourful bedding displays. By contrast, the Victorian, tree-lined Princess Diana Memorial Gardens are a haven of tranquillity where visitors can sit and watch the world go by. The Nothe Gardens, up by the fort, are a mixture of well-established trees and lawns, with several paths leading down to the secluded Newton's Cove where you can often see dolphins playing, away from the bustle of the town. On the outskirts of Weymouth is Bennetts Water Gardens, with eight acres of landscaped gardens, numerous lakes and one of the most outstanding displays of water lilies in Britain.

For the avid shopper or those who just want to have a leisurely browse, Weymouth's wonderful mix of high street names as well as individual boutiques and speciality shops offers something for everyone.

Joined to Weymouth by a causeway and the world-famous Chesil Beach is the Isle of Portland whose beautiful yet rugged landscape has been shaped over the years by its quarrying activities. The lighthouse at Portland Bill may be the Isle's most visited tourist attraction but Henry VIII's Portland Castle must come a close second.

As the sun goes down, why not see a show at the Pavilion Theatre, watch a film at the multiplex cinema, or perhaps dance the night away in one of the town's nightclubs? Weymouth also has a strong live music scene with tribute bands and local musicians playing regularly in many of the local pubs.

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