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West Dorset's main coastal resort, Weymouth, is known for its sandy and pebble beaches and its royal connections. King George III began bathing here for his health in 1789, setting a trend among the wealthy and fashionable people of the day. Popularity left Weymouth with many fine buildings, including the Georgian row houses lining the Esplanade. Striking historical details command attention: a wall on Maiden Street holds a cannonball that was embedded in it during the English Civil War. Not far away, a column commemorates the launching of U.S. forces from Weymouth on D-Day.
Weymouth and its lively harbor offer the full bucket-and-spade seaside experience: donkey rides, sand castles, and plenty of fish-and-chips. Weymouth and Portland hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
Weymouth at a Glance
Elsewhere in The South
- Blandford Forum
- Cerne Abbas
- Corfe Castle
- Isle of Wight
- Longleat House
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