Weymouth has quite a list of features to make it a great place for a new home. Above all it’s a cheerful seaside town and ferry port, with a long sandy beach, historic fishing harbour, and all the amenities of a good-sized town. What makes it unique are the causeway to the island of Portland Bill, the extraordinary natural feature of Chesil Beach, and the huge lagoon that’s home to the National Sailing Academy.
The main shopping streets in the town are St Mary Street, Bond Street and St Thomas Street. There are plenty of independent shops too, and there are superstores for your weekly shop at Radipole on the outskirts of town. There’s another big superstore on the way into Dorchester. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the pubs and restaurants around the old harbour, so there’s a good nightlife here too.
Weymouth is just 9 miles due south of Dorchester, Dorset’s county town. The A354 is the direct road link between the two. It joins the A35 just outside Dorchester and this is the main route right across Dorset from east to west. South Western Railway and Great Western Railway run regular local services to the town, and you can get a direct train to London too. Condor Ferries operate services to France and the Channel Islands – Weymouth to St Malo crossings operate 7 days a week, all year round.
Learning to sail is firmly on the list of outdoor activities. You’ll have ready-made fun on Weymouth's main beach or watching the world go by at the harbour and along the promenade. There are lovely walks around Nothe Fort, with panoramic views out to sea. Portland Bill has rocky coves to explore, and to the east of the town there’s a much-loved beach at Preston, and the beach at Ringstead just out of town is lovely too. Just inland you can explore Maiden Castle, a huge iron age hill fort between Weymouth and Dorchester. You’re not far from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door for days out at two of Dorset’s most famous landmarks.
The wild side
For wildlife lovers, you have the Abbotsbury Swannery, the Sea life Centre, and RSPB Lodmoor within easy reach. East Fleet is a natural lagoon created by Chesil Bank and stretching all the way to Abbotsbury. Along with the Lodmoor Bird Reserve, this is a sanctuary for migrating birds. Children will love hunting for fossils along Chesil Beach too, an 18-mile long pebbled stretch of the Jurassic Coast.