The seaside town of Weymouth is steeped in history and full of interesting tales of a bygone era
When you look at the idyllic town of Weymouth, it’s hard to imagine that it was once anything more than a popular tourist destination. It attracted royalty, with King George III a regular visitor to the friendly shores documented as being one of the first to use a bathing machine when he took a dip in Weymouth Bay to help improve his ailing health.
However, one certainly wouldn’t be expected to know that Weymouth was once extensively used as a place to collect troops and materials used during the Second World War’s D-Day landings. Or that in the late 1800’s it’s railway line was key to the transport of food and building materials arriving from the Channel Islands into the surrounding territories and up country toward London. Much less that it was widely touted as the port where the bubonic plague, known as the Black Death, entered England in 1348.
Don’t read about Weymouth’s history, when you can come and live it. A simple stroll along Weymouth’s esplanade will open your eyes to Georgian terraces that have been converted into the many holiday apartments, shops hotels and restaurants that you and the family can enjoy on your modern holiday today. Or, dig a little deeper in your exploration of the Dorset Ridgeway and you will discover that the countryside is littered with Neolithic and Bronze Age burial mounds. A testimony to the passing of the country’s and the region’s historically important iron age.