Weymouth/Dorchester in Detail

Weymouth is a great British seaside resort with a long, sandy crescent shaped bay offering everything you would expect from a traditional seaside resort. The town’s esplanade is graced with Georgian hotels and guest houses and it has a bustling harbour, which is steeped in maritime history.

Portland is linked to Weymouth by a causeway the island has a diverse geology with a wide variety of bird, butterfly, plant and wildlife that are a magnet for visitors. It is famous for its quarrying, rugged scenery, fishing history and lighthouses.

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, an historic market town with 6000 years of history, roman remains and a castle. Famously re-named by Thomas Hardy as ‘Casterbridge’ in his well known novel ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge.’ Gardens, historic homes, mystical figures carved into the landscape, plus golf, an animal park and more…..

Attractions and Museums

Weymouth and Dorchester are steeped in history and has some wonderful museums that tell the story of both the land and the sea ……

Arts and Entertainment

Dorset is fast becoming the place to be in the art and literary world with exhibitions, studios and festivals in abundance throughout the year

Family Activities

The family holiday is always enhanced with the extra things that can be done together here are a few ideas for your time here in Dorset

Outdoor Pursuits

Getting out into the countryside and enjoying the beauty, peace and quiet really helps one to relax, however, sometimes you may just want to have a go at something new or a bit different.

Dogs in the area

With so many of us holidaying with our four legged friends we need to know where the best places are to go


If you like to know before you go, visit these great websites to enhance your stay in Dorset: South West Coast PathJurassic CoastFossil HuntingVisit Dorset and iCoast.

Please note: Dorset Coastal Cottages cannot be responsible for the content of external websites.


Browse cottages in the Weymouth/Dorchester area