Weymouth, a seaside town located in Dorset, is famous for its idyllic beaches and breath-taking coastline, as well for its wide array of watersports. It also has a rich historical and cultural heritage, a beautiful marine and varied wildlife.
Popular attractions include Nothe Fort, a beautifully-restored Victorian fort that offers stunning views of the town and the Isle of Portland. Visitors can enjoy more panoramic views of this typical seaside town, Portland, Chesil Beach and the Jurassic coastline from atop the Sea Life Tower. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy the two nature reserves; Weymouth Sea Life Park, with its displays of beautiful marine life and its serene outdoor walkways and the butterfly reserves located on Portland. The amazing works of world-renowned sand sculptors are to be seen at Sandworld and with a bit of luck, it may even be possible to watch them in action. Shoppers will not be disappointed with the wide selection of retail shops, specialty shops and individual boutiques.
On the sporting scene, Weymouth is best known for water-sports, such as windsurfing, diving, sailing and kite surfing. Many beach sporting events are organised throughout the year, including beach volleyball and handball, beach motocross and kite festivals. Away from beach sports, Weymouth FC & South Dorset Giants are the towns major sporting clubs.
While Weymouth is predominantly a tourist destination, with tourism playing a large role in its economy, fishing and trading also play important roles. The popular Harbour, on the River Wey, is home to large fishing fleets and has several docks and unloading areas for cargo.