10 Things to do Within an Hour of Weymouth

Not only is there plenty to do in Weymouth, but the rest of Dorset also has plenty to offer! Below you can see a list of 10 things to do within an hour of Weymouth.

1. West Bay (Broadchurch)

West Bay is a beautiful, scenic place located on the outside of Bridport. The harbour is surrounded by a range of fish and chip shops and huts, ice cream parlours and other great places to have something to eat and drink.

Walk on through to the beach, part of the Jurassic Coast, you will find yourself on the scene of Broadchurch – a national famous crime/drama aired on BBC 1!

West Bay is also surrounded by cliffs and footpaths, so you can enjoy a long or short walk too.

If a lovely walk with fantastic views for a bite to eat and a few pictures appeals to you, West Bay has it all!

How to get there

The First Bus service provides you with 2 different bus services that will take you to West Bay. To ride along the Jurassic Coast before you arrive, you can hop on the X53 from the King’s Statue in Weymouth or you can board the slow-coaster (service 510). The slow coaster takes a lot longer, however designed to take in the views of the Jurassic Coast and allow you to get off and take pictures on your journey.

The journey is approximately 45 minutes for the X53 route and 1 hour 40 minutes should you decide to board the slow coaster.

To view timetables for these services, please visit First Bus Timetables.

Travelling by car? West Bay is approximately a 35 minute drive from Weymouth.


2. Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove

At Lulworth Cove you will find Durdle Door, one of the most famous landmarks in the UK – it’s a must!

Lulworth Cove offers a car park, where you can walk on down to Durdle Door and relax on the beach and take in the view.

You can also wonder in to Lulworth, where you can find some great places to sit down, have something to eat and drink and grab an ice cream.

How to get there

Durdle Door is approximately a 30 minute drive. Follow directions for Lulworth, BH20 5PU which will take you to the car park.


3. Monkey World

Monkey World is a great day out for the family and kids!

You can spend hours of fun in there watching the rescue apes and playing in the big park. There are also other closely related animals in there like golden-cheeked gibbons!

The centre is open every day (except Christmas Day)  10am to 5pm and  open 10am to 6pm during July & August.

How to get there

Monkey World in Wareham takes approximately 30 minutes by car. Follow directions for Wareham, BH20 6HH.


4. The Tank Museum

Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. As you explore the Museum’s six large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them.

This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world’s first ever tank – Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2.

How to get there

The Tank Museum is a 30 minute car journey from Weymouth. Follow directions for Bovington, BH20 6JG. Alternatively you can catch the South West Train service to Wool from Weymouth station.

tank museum

5. Tyneham Village

For those of you who love your history, Tyneham is a village that was evacuated in 1943 during WWII and has been deserted ever since.

There are exhibitions available at the village itself and the villagers who lived there.

For opening times please visit Dorset For You.

How to get there

Tyneham is a 45 minute drive from Weymouth. Follow directions for Wareham, BH20 5DE.


6. Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway.

Steam and diesel galas, Family events plus regular Evening Dining and Sunday Lunch services complement themed events.

You can even take charge of a train by taking one of our Driving Experience courses!

How to get there

Swanage is just under an hours drive from Weymouth. Follow signs for Swanage, BH19 1HB.


7. Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.

This is a great and unique day out for the family.

How to get there

The swannery is roughly a half an hour drive from Weymouth. Follow directions for Abbotsbury, DT3 4JG.


8. Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

Located near the Abbotbsbury Swannery, an alternative is Abbotsbury Children’s Farm.

This place has a range of farm animals and activities very well suited to young children. They’ll love it!

abbotsbury childrens farm

9. Tower Park

Tower Park in Poole has multiple things to do for all ages!

With plenty of chain restaurants. There is also Splashdown Waterpark, where you can find fun for all ages with plenty of waterslides both indoors and out.

Tower Park also has other activities such as bowling, bingo and a cinema. You can certainly make a day of it!

How to get there

Tower Park is about 45 minutes away from Weymouth. Follow directions for Poole, BH12 4QY.

tower park


10. Sandbanks

Sandbanks Beach in Poole is definitely one of the BEST beaches on the South Coast (apart from Weymouth Beach of course!). A holder of the European Blue Flag for a record 20 years, it is a beach you can visit in total safety and be sure you and your family will have a good time.

There is a large car park at Sandbanks and also on road parking. The charges made in the car parks are quite high although you are parking right on the beach so you don’t have far to carry all your beach goodies. As you would expect when the weather is good, the car parks fill up very quickly.

There are very good facilities on the promenade, including toilets (with full disabled facilities), showers, ice-cream kiosks and hot-dog/burger bars as well as the Seafarer Cafe offering a selection of hot & cold meals throughout the year. There are also several kiosks selling all the usual beach goodies such as inflatables, buckets and spades etc. You can also play mini-golf or try your hand at the new “crazy-golf” course (see above) or ride along the prom on the road train that cruises up and down the prom.

There are also a wide selection of watersports available from the beach including parascending, inflatable “Bronco’s” or “Ringos”, jet-ski hire, power boat rides and much more. Check what is available when you visit.

How to get there

Sandbanks is about a 45 minute drive from Weymouth. Follow directions for Sandbanks, Poole, BH13 7QQ.