Relaxation is top of the list here: Weymouth is believed to be the oldest tourist resort in England and today is one of the most famous holiday resorts in the whole of England. More so for first class relaxation as opposed to its culture.
The heart of the city is the beach promenade with its Jubilee Clock, a colourful clock that was built in 1887 and at night, as is the whole of the promenade is beautifully lit. During the high season, in the summer months you will find a huge carnival on this promenade. Of course this is not the only event that can be found here that attracts tourists. Every year, you can find the international kite festival in Weymouth- you can see numerous colourful fantasy characters and kites dancing in the sky. In addition to this, there is also a Folk-Festival and the Veteran’s Festival. Directly on the promenade, the kilometre long beach stretches out which has been regularly voted as one of the 8 best beaches in England. In the summer, dozens of holiday makers cool themselves in the waves of the channel during the heat of the day after lazying on the fine soft sandy beach. In spring and autumn or on changeable summer days- the promenade is always inviting for long walks. Another highlight of a sporty nature is the biggest Beach Volley Ball tournament in the United Kingdom, the “Beach Volleyball Classics”.
Apart from the beach and the promenade, Weymouth is a typical, small English city with historical houses. In a maze of small streets, you will find numerous shops, restaurants and quaint local pubs. The Time Walk Museum makes it possible to take a journey through the history of the city- an important chapter is when the plague (the Black Death) broke out- that was presumed to have been brought to England on ships that landed at Weymouth that had travelled from far away lands. You will find further insights into the history at Sandsfoot Castle and Nothe Fort which can be easily reached in your car hire.
The Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary is ideal for a family day out when the weather is bad. In huge aquariums you can watch the seals, tortoises, penguins, otters and other sea-life. In addition there is an open-air swimming pool with several slides.
The surrounding area of Weymouth which is best discovered in your car hire is breathtakingly beautiful: The Jurassic Coast belongs to one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and stretches more than 150km (93 miles). Here, holiday makers will find impressive rock and coastal formations made of red sandstone, clay and limestone in-between them you will find small bays, secluded beaches and hidden stretches of sand dunes. The region is famous for it’s numerous places where fossils have been discovered such as the Fossil Forrest in Lulworth Cove. A further point of attraction is Durdle door- a natural rock arch that has been formed by sea erosion. In the small villages on the Jurassic Coast there are several Visitors Centres that inform visitors of the rock formations and the fossils. A main centre is planned to be built in Weymouth in 2011. The most beautiful way to get to know the spectacular scenery is the long distance walking trail- the South West Coast Path.
The peninsular, Isle of Portland which is located south of Weymouth is also part of the Jurassic Coast. The Isle of Portland is only 6.4km (4 miles) long and 2.4km (1.5 miles) wide and with the narrow strips of land connects Chesil Beach to the mainland. The limestone has been eroding for hundreds of year is world famous and has been used to build many constructions. Portland Castle is also worth seeing that was built in 1539 and is the best preserved castle of our time as well as the lighthouse on Portland Bill which is located on the southern most point of the peninsular. Those of you that are interested in climbing will find on many of the islands some of the best and safest climbing spots in the country. In 2012 the river around the Isle of Portland will be the venue for the sailing competition in the Olympic Games.
A relaxing seaside holiday in the oldest holiday resort in England in spectacular coastal scenery: Discover Weymouth!