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This is a very interesting town - great English seaside but with a better feel to it than Bournemouth. Whereas Bournemouth has become a young persons town Weymouth has something for all ages. There is a real sense of history here - some Georgian buildings have stood the test of time well and the town is well laid out. It is the only town I can think of in the UK that has a seafront and harbour at the back of the town centre and this makes an interesting design of town.

...........and Portland

Portland is reached via a causeway from Upton just outside Weymouth. A large island that is unlike any other in England with one central main village that straddles the island.
The most interesting part is Portland Bill where the famous lighthouse can be found.

A town with a great harbour

The harbour is a working harbour with small coasters mixing with fishing vessles but mainly leisure craft including some great looking yachts. There are some wonderful houses around the harbour and some intersting looking pubs and cafes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great for wandering around
  • Cons:Difficult car parking in town but nothing else
  • In a nutshell:A sense of history in both town and in Portland
  • Last visit to Weymouth: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Interesting pages, am visiting next week, so thank you for the introduction.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2010 at 5:48 AM

    The Statue, Esplanade, The Portland Bill, Punch&Judy, The Esplaned... Your pahe brought my Weymouth&Portland memories back. You have a great page here. Bes wishes from Istanbul. Bora

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Looks like a lovely area and well worth visiting. I may have seen the Dorset coast from a coach on my way to Cornwall and loved it. Very good tips and pictures and interesting info about the rover ticket. Thanks!

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    Portland Bill; now that's a good location name. PJ

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    Excellent page Colin! :)

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    Hello Colin. Very nice tips here with good insights and info. I've never been to the UK, but this is yet another place that tempts me to visit soon :-) Greetings from the desert / Jess

  • londonlover's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    I'd never even heard of a swannery until I started researcing Abbotsbury. Looks beautiful! And I never knew about the "other" Thomas Hardy...thanks for the education!


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