The town of Weymouth is situated on a sheltered bay in Dorset, South England. It lies on the mouth of the River Wey, on the coast of the English Channel, 8 miles south of Dorchester and 5 miles north of the Isle of Portland. Weymouth has a population of around 52,000 and is home to numerous B&Bs, as well as large and boutique guest houses.
Weymouth is a popular tourist area, with a lot of the town's economy relying heavily on its harbour and the beaches of Weymouth bay. Tourism has had a strong presence in the town since the 18th century, although fishing and trading are less significant today as they were in earlier centuries.
Weymouth is situated halfway along the World Heritage site of the Jurassic Coast, an important area for its geology and landforms. The Harbour is home to a selection of boats and yachts, as well as a host of cross-channel ferries.
With tourism being the largest industry in Weymouth for decades, there is plenty to keep visitors occupied for the duration of their stay. The wide, sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing and swimming during the summer months, with events including volleyball, handball and motorcross being held on the beach throughout the year.
The town is also a haven for larger events and festivals attracting tourists in their thousands. Some of the more popular events include the international beach kite festival, which attracts up to 40,000 spectators a year and the annual carnival, attracting around 70,000 people every August.
Weymouth also proudly holds the record of being the only port in the world to have hosted the start of the Tall Ships Races on three different occasions, with the 1994 event attracting an impressive 300,000 spectators. Due to its popularity with tourists, there is plenty to choose from in terms of accommodation.
Visitors can choose from a range of hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and lodges, within excellent location to the nearby attractions. Choose from some of the best in the area here on Weymouth Bed and Breakfasts.