The Best Gardens and Parks in Weymouth
Published by: Curtis Williams 25/06/2019 at 10:20 am
Weymouth has a great and varied selection of parks and green spaces from the highly manicured and massed planting beds of Greenhill to the hidden away peace and tranquillity of the Peace Gardens. In this blog, we have listed some of the most popular gardens and parks in Weymouth to help you decide where to take your picnic or to go for a stroll when you visit Weymouth.
Radipole Park and Gardens
Radipole Park and Gardens are the Cinderella of Weymouth, naturally beautiful but secreted away from the bustling town, perfect for their peace and tranquility.
Rich in its history, the reclaimed grounds were once part of the River Wey tidal estuary. Romans sailed up through the gardens in their galleys, while Victorian’s would row upstream to visit the Old Teahouse in Radipole village. Many gnarled old trees and weeping willows still remain as relics to the past.
Radipole Park has it all and is one of the most popular public gardens in Weymouth. On a summers day, you can enjoy the colourful flowerbeds, wide-open space for games, hard tennis courts and a multi-use games area for children and adults.
The Friends of Greenhill Gardens are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and they work incredibly hard to maintain this beautiful seafront garden.
Greenhill Gardens was gifted to the Council in 1902 and these Weymouth gardens are often referred to as ‘the jewel in the Crown of the Town’s Gardens’. Greenhill Gardens have attained National Green Flag status for the past decade, an award which recognises the value of green spaces in our communities and is held by the best parks and gardens in the UK.
There are many events that take place in the gardens throughout the year utilising the beautiful bandstand.
Lodmoor Country Park
If you are bringing your children, this is one of the parks in Weymouth that you have to visit. Lodmoor Country Park has grassland, mature trees, masses of native flowering plants and places to play, exercise or relax.
Level paths lead through the streamside Woodland Walk, past a Wildflower Meadow, a Storytelling Throne, and the large Galleon play area. The play area also includes a children’s gym as well as five adult stations. A miniature railway circles the path and at the heart of the gardens is the popular Pitch and Putt course, which is a haven for wildlife, from woodpeckers to deer.
Bounded by an RSPB reserve, countryside, homes and popular seafront businesses, this park is popular with dog-walkers, runners, cyclists, strollers and families.
The events area in Lodmoor Country Park hosts festivals and picnics throughout the year.
The Nothe Gardens occupy the headland forming the south side of Weymouth Harbour. At the end of the headland is the Nothe Fort, built to defend the coast from potential invasions by the French.
The South West Coast Path runs through the Nothe Gardens and is way-marked both eastwards and westwards, mainly accessible by wheelchair although there is limited access to some of the lower paths.
There are great views from the gardens over to Portland Harbour and the breakwater. There are leafy glades, children’s play areas and open grassed spaces suitable for family picnics. During the 2012 London Olympics, the grassy banks were the designated viewing position to watch the exciting Sailing events unfold.
Weymouth Peace Gardens
The Peace Gardens in Weymouth are situated in Barrack Road. This community park which was created to promote a commitment to peace and understanding in the local area and worldwide.
The garden lies on the site of an old burial ground, once owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The site fell into disuse and became overgrown and neglected but in 2008 a group of volunteers were awarded money to transform the site.
Volunteers across Weymouth and Portland started work in September 2009 to clear the site, draw up a design, plant bulbs and shrubs, lay paths and introduce seating to produce a garden of calm and meditation that is now enjoyed by local residents and visitors.
People are encouraged to find their own way around this secluded garden. One of the most unique parks in Weymouth, visitors can experience walking the labyrinth, enjoy a time of silence amongst the landscaped garden or take a moment to reflect by the peace pole.
Sandsfoot Castle Gardens
The award-winning, Sandsfoot Gardens form the grounds around the ruins of Sandsfoot Castle which enjoys spectacular views across Portland Harbour and is accessible from the town centre via the Rodwell Trail.
These small but beautiful gardens are made up of seasonal flowers, herb beds and herbaceous borders, which surround an ornamental fish pond and are partially wheelchair friendly. The Castle dates from 1539 and was built with Portland Castle during the reign of Henry VIII to defend England’s coast from attack by the French and Spanish.
Gardens and Parks in Weymouth
Discover more information about the beautiful parks in Weymouth and their eventful histories on our Parks page.