Weymouth is a popular seaside resort in the beautiful county of Dorset, in the south west of England. The beach stretches right across a lovely bay. There is a picturesque harbour, which is busy with fishing and sailing boats. There are street cafés, a good variety of small and large shops and lots to do and see in the area.
The Isle of Portland, where some of our host families live, is joined to the mainland by a bridge. The island, with a history of smuggling and pirates, has its own distinct character. You can visit the castle that was built by Henry VIII and see the quarries that supplied the famous Portland Stone used to build St. Paul's Cathedral.
Weymouth and Portland are on the "Jurassic Coastline", a 95 mile stretch of coastline awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO, with exposed cliffs which let us look back 185 million years. This coastline is famous for fossils and fossil-hunting is one of the many activities which we run during the summer. Chesil Beach, a shingle beach made up of 100 million tons of pebbles, runs for 29 kilometres along the coast from here.
Did you know you can book many of your activities online before you even come to Weymouth? Find out more about the activities you can do.