Presentation of the destination
Weymouth is a coastal town in Dorset County, England. It sits on a bay at the mouth of the Wey River, 13 kilometers south of Dorchester and 8 kilometers north of Portland Island. The population of the city is over 55,000. Its history dates back to the 12th century and the city was involved in the spread of the Black Death, the colonization of the United States, the development of Georgian architecture and the pre-Columbian era. parative of the Second World War. Weymouth is twinned with Louviers in France and Holzwickede in Germany. It has a fishing tradition but tourism has taken the first place of the city's industries for a few centuries. Its quality of life and the proximity of the sea and its clean and safe beaches make it a privileged destination for tourists and retirees.
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Weymouth was originally a colony around the harbor, before developing halfway through the 12th century. It became a seaport in 1252, by which the Black Death arrived in June 1348. In the year 1530, King Henry VIII built two forts to protect the west coast of Dorset: the Sandfoot castle and the Portland Castle. In 1635, 100 emigrants from the city crossed the ocean to establish the city of Weymouth in Massachusetts. During the English Civil War, in 1645, about 250 people were killed in the Battle of the Crabchurch Conspiracy. The resort was one of the first modern tourist destinations, when the Duke of Gloucester built a large residence, Gloucester Lodge, to spend the winter of 1780 before being joined by King George III himself the summer of 1789 to 1805. A painted statue of the king stands in front of the sea in memory of his visits to Weymouth. The city was bombed by German planes during the Second World War, in reprisal for having hosted thousands of soldiers in Fort North before the Battle of Normandy. The history of this period of the city is documented in the Timewalk Museum on Brewers Wharf.
The esplanade of the city is composed of rows of Georgian style houses, converted into apartments, shops, hotels and guest houses during the Georgian period and the Regency, between 1770 and 1855. These buildings were commissioned by wealthy businessmen who also invested in the development Bath resort. This continuous arc of buildings along the bay also includes the jubilee clock erected to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign in 1887, as well as a statue of Sir Henry Edward, member of the Borough Parliament, and two memorials of the war.
Weymouth is the largest city in its region, located on the western shore of Weymouth Bay on the south side of England, 195 kilometers south of London. The city is built on sand and chalk that are easily peeled but are protected in Weymouth by the beach of Chesil and the Portland island in solid limestone 3 kilometers from Wyke Regis (suburban village of Weymouth). The island affects the tides, producing a low tide on Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbor. There are two lakes in the area, Radipole Lake and Lodmoor Lake. The first is a large natural reserve where live thousands of fish and migratory birds, as well as 200 species of plants. The second is a tourist attraction. Certain areas of Weymouth are below sea level, which caused several floods, and resulted in the construction of a dam around the harbor in the 1980s and 1990s. The city is also a passage to the UNESCO site which includes 155 kilometers of the Dorset and East Devon coast.
Due to its location in southwestern England, Weymouth has a temperate climate with daily and annual variations of low temperatures. The hottest month is August (with a water temperature of about 17Â ° C) and the coldest is February (where the temperature of the sea is goes down to 7 ° C), and average temperatures are above the England averages. Snowy days are rare, and snow often does not hold. Weymouth has one of the sunniest climates in the UK and rainfall is much lower than elsewhere in the country.
Weymouth has more than 52,000 inhabitants on an area of 18.5 square kilometers, which gives it a density of 2800 residents / km². 26.9% of the population is between 60 and 84 years old and 29.2% between 18 and 44 years old. The inhabitants of Weymouth are mostly born in England (94% are British whites), 61% of them are Christian and 29.3% are without religion. The crime rate is lower than in the rest of England, unemployment is low, especially in the high season when the economic activity increases.
The biggest industry in the city for decades is tourism. The main attractions are its coast and beaches, lakes, museums, aquarium and two shopping centers. We can stay in Weymouth in hotel, guest house or camping. More than 200 events are organized throughout the year, including a fireworks festival, a dragon boat race, beach volleyball, handball and motocross competitions, and the carnival of mid-August, which attracts 70,000 people every year. Weymouth is the only port in the world to have hosted the Great Offshore Racing races in 1983, 1987 and 1994. On the occasion of the 2012 Olympics, the esplanade was renovated, with A public square around the restored statue of George III, the restoration and extension of the Art Deco pier, the construction of an information center for tourists with a café Victorian-style shelters and seasonal kiosks, a beach rescue center and a sand sculpture pavilion. For shopping, the main shopping center consists of two pedestrian streets, St. Thomas and St. Mary's. In the whole city there are more than 300 shops.
Weymouth has a good reputation: we eat and drink well. With the development of tourism have opened a large number of restaurants of all styles. The must-try is obviously the famous English fish & chips, rewarded with a prize in Weymouth. There is easy access to local food, from seafood to meat and vegetables from Dorset farms, to local beer and traditional wine production. Every year, the Seafood Festival and Dorset Food Week take place.
The Portland Island is a must-see. It is a limestone plateau more than 7 kilometers long and about 1.2 kilometers wide, surmounted by a lighthouse and connected to Weymouth by Chesil Beach and a public bridge. Its quietness due to its isolation offers a great contrast with the hectic city. You can practice sea sports or relax in a spa. With its impressive landscape and its architecture made of the famous Portland stone, visit the island is a walk both historical and close to nature. There are remnants of prehistory, a colony of the Metolithic. The Romans left more than 300 stone coffins and the Tudors built the castle in 1540, now managed by the English Heritage public corporation and open to the public. The inhabitants of the Middle Ages have left their mark through agricultural tools. The castle's most recent fortifications testify to the defense system of the island in the nineteenth century. The unique geology of the region offers an abundance of animals and plants: a wide variety of birds, animals and typical plants are found there. Many parts of the island are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The wide white sand beaches of Weymouth are ideal for swimming and sunbathing during the tourist season, as well as for beach sports all year round, such as beach motocross, handball championship and classic Beach volleyball in July. The beaches of Weymouth also host the International Kite Festival, which attracts approximately 40,000 spectators each year. The bay is also passable in wind-surfing and kite-surfing. On the shore of Portland Harbor is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, a sailing school that organized the 2012 Olympic Games marine events and hosted the Paralympic Games. The waters of Weymouth and Portland have been designated by the Royal Yatch Association as the best for sailing all over Northern Europe. In the bay are held regularly local, national and international events, such as the J / 24 World Championship in 2005. The 65-year old "Pelican" trawler offers trips training for young people. The sheltered waters are used for angling, paddling and free diving, for canoeing, jet skiing, water skiing and obviously swimming.
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How to get there ?
By car, the A354 road connects Weymouth to Portland. The A353 road runs east from the Weymouth area south of Warmwell, where it joins the A352 road to Purbeck and Wareham Island. The B3157 road runs west from Weymouth south of Bridport where it joins the A35 road. By train, the Weymouth railway station is the terminus of the line from London-Waterloo (the journey takes about 3 hours, with two trains per hour), and the line from Westbury and Bristol. Weymouth is also on the Moreton Station South West Main Line at Dorchester South Station, and on the First Great Wester Line which also serves Bristol, Bath, Yeovil and Dorchester every day of the week. By bus, Weymouth is connected to Portland Island, Dorchester, Bournemouth, Wool, Beaminster, Axminster and other villages. Along the Jurassic coast a bus service connects Exeter to Poole, passing through Sidford, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Abbotsbury Weymouth, Wool and Wareham. National Express buses also connect London, Victoria, Plymouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton train stations 3 times per day.
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