The Local Area

Weymouth

Weymouth is in the county of Dorset and just eight miles away from the county town of Dorchester. Weymouth is a large town situated at the mouth of the
River Wey on the Channel coast. There is little written about the area before the thirteenth century when it 1252 it became a chartered borough and was established as a seaport. The town is close to where it is believed the Black Death first entered England in 1348. The town’s most famous member of parliament was the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral London, Christopher Wren in 1702. The town is thought to be one of the earliest seaside holiday towns from the eighteenth century onwards.

The town was heavily bombed in the Second World War and more than half a million troops embarked there to fight on the Normandy Beaches.

Things to See and Do in Weymouth

 Among the towns attractions, besides its soft weymouth sandy beach is a Victorian fort where you can look out over the town’s port and harbour. The Weymouth Museum has collections detailing the social and maritime history of the town and includes a cobbler’s workshop and a Victorian kitchen. On the hills overlooking Weymouth Bay are the remains of a small Roman temple dating back to the fourth or fifth century. The Sealife Adventure Park and Marine Life Sanctuary is also worth a visit and the whole family will enjoy pirate themed mini golf, open every day except Christmas day. Weymouth also has a large shopping centre, cinema and there are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy.

Dorchester (known as ‘Dorch’ to locals)

Dorchester, the county town of Dorset sits on the banks of the River Frome and the between the towns Bridport and Weymouth. Dorchester is an historic market town and is probably best known for being the home and birthplace of the nineteenth century novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy. While he lived in Dorchester Hardy wrote his famous book ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, but many people remember him for ‘Tess of the Durbervilles’ and his presentation of Dorchester as the town of Casterbridge. Visitors to Dorset can visit the place where he lived until he was thirty four years old.