From port to resort
Facing out into Portland Harbour, Weymouth is an ancient port, dating from medieval times. It was given fashionable credentials when George III first came to the area as a resort in the 1790s. He’s honoured by a jolly, brightly painted statue on the Esplanade.
The attractive seafront esplanade overlooking the wide sandy bay is comprised almost exclusively of terraces constructed in the Georgian and Regency periods between 1770 and 1855. During World War II, the town played a key role in the D-Day landings in Normandy – a memorial on the esplanade records the events of 1944 and 1945.
For all its history, Weymouth remains a lively seaside resort with up-to-the-minute attractions and events, a long golden beach and a picturesque harbour busy with small fishing boats. The 19th-century Nothe Fort is now a Museum of Coastal Defence, while Brewer’s Quay Emporium, a handsomely redeveloped Victorian brewery, is an indoor market offering antiques, crafts, collectibles and a tea room.
Another sight worth seeing is the 174-foot- high Jurassic Skyline tower. Opened in 2012, it has a 360° gondola that rises from the ground, rotates and then comes back down again.