Local Attractions - Things to do in Weymouth
The beach is the main attraction in Weymouth amongst other things. The town centre has improved in recent years with new stores and a few speciality shops plus the usual tourist outlets. Another big plus is the harbour and marina which brings people into the town either by land or sea, just having a walk around the harbour from the Pavilion to the stone pier can take an hour or two. There are plenty of old buildings to see around the harbour inclduing old warehouses, shops, pubs chandlers and couple of yacht clubs and restaurants specialising in seafood.
At the far end of the harbour above the stone pier is Nothe Fort, an old Napoleonic Fort. Never used against the French but now restored to its former glory thanks to Weymouth Civic Society and volunteers, it it a favourite with adults and children with displays and attractions showing its former uses including Napoleonic, First and Second World Wars with displays in the former ammunition magazines and quarters of the soldiers. Also nearby is the former brewery which houses shops, a bowling alley, museum and 'Timewalk' which shows the history of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis from the Middle Ages to present day.
Water Sports play a big part in Weymouth including sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, water ski-ing, jet-skis and fishing. All these can be found easily.
Portland is worth a visit to see the wild Jurassic Coast - rocky, barren and windy which is why Championship windsurfing competitions are held in Portland Harbour - also the site of 2012 Olympic Sailing Events. The area as a whole is central for exploring the Dorset Coast east or west, Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove.