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History & heritage

Weymouth is steeped in history. The history of the town stretches back to the 12th century and includes roles in the spread of the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas and the development of Georgian architecture. It was a major departure point for the Normandy Landings during World War II

There are many historic sites to visit such as the Nothe Fort (a Victorian military fort),  George III’s country residence referred to as the Gloucester lodge, a statue of the King and his other tribute to Weymouth which is the White Horse painted on the side of a hill at Osmington. There is the beautiful Jubilee Clock Tower on the promenade which was erected to celebrate the 50th reigning year of Queen Victoria. Various other historical objects to look for and a leisurely stroll around the historic working harbour – there are so many great places to visit all year round.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Tudors at the ruins of Sandsfoot Castle in Sandsfoot Gardens or pay a visit to the Tudor House. Learn about the battles of Weymouth and the Crabchurch Conspiracy during the English Civil War or take a stroll around the town to see evidence of the important role Weymouth played in the D-Day landings.

Weymouth remains as popular today as it was with royalty in Georgian times, with so much history and heritage just waiting to be explored.

You can find out more about the rich history and heritage of Weymouth by visiting historic sites in and around the town. Maybe try some of the walking routes such as the Weymouth Sculpture Trail and the Weymouth Mural trail.

Did you know?

The modern town of Weymouth originated as the two settlements of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, on opposite sides of Weymouth Harbour in Dorset. Since the 18th century they have been linked by successive bridges over the narrowest part of the harbour. The present Town Bridge, built in 1930, is a lifting Bascule bridge, allowing boats to access the inner harbour.

Beach and Harbour History Trail

We Are Weymouth created a history trail which residents and visitors can follow and learn about the history of Weymouth as they’re exploring the trail. You can visit the map of the trail here.

Weymouth 450

In 2021, Weymouth celebrated its 450th anniversary. Find out more about the history and the events that took place by visiting our Weymouth 450 page:

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