Weymouth is a traditional English seaside town. All the ingredients are here from the family visitor attractions, the sandy beach with safe bathing, family friendly cafes and lots to do in the area.
In the town centre, which is pedestrianised in part, there are the usual collection of high street names and independent shops, including a sizeable toy shop and plenty of gift shops and beach goods for sale.
There is a nine screen cinema in the center of Weymouth should the weather let you down, plus an indoor soft play centre and the centrally located swimming pool complete with toddler pool.
The beach is an obvious draw, set in a sheltered bay it offers not only golden sand, but also sheltered waters for paddling. Walk along the seafront to Lodmoor Country Park, around a 30 minute walk, where there is a Sealife Centre, children’s rides and a nature reserve.
Further afield, a new link road connects Weymouth to Dorchester and the rest of Dorset, making visiting attractions in the area easier. These include Bovington Tank Museum, a Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester, Monkey World and the Steam train at nearby Purbeck to mention a few.
Weymouth does make a strong case for itself as a family friendly destination, with plenty of attractions and the beach. It gets busy in the summer, especially around the narrow streets of the old quarter, which isn’t particularly fun for children in buggies. But there are plenty of days out in the area too, so you can escape the hustle and bustle of the town centre if necessary.