Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset. It has a population of over 52,000 people. The town is situated on the English Channel coast on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Way. Weymouth is situated just 8 miles south of Dorchester and 5 miles north of the Isle of Portland.
Weymouth is a tourist resort which brings in a large amount of tourism annually. It is situated halfway along the Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site with geological significance.
Weymouth's harbour is used by cross-channel ferries and private yachts. The nearby Portland Harbour is the home of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. It was also the location of the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games.
A large amount of architecture in the town of Weymouth is from the Georgian period and the esplanade facing Weymouth Bay consists of rows of Georgian terraces, along with shops, hotels and guest houses. Weymouth is the largest town within the area, larger even than the county town of Dorchester. It is a popular visitor destination for those from the surrounding areas and other parts of the UK.
Weymouth's location on the south coast gives it one of the sunniest climates in the UK. House prices in the area remain relatively high due to its prime location, but there are many employment opportunities within the town, particularly within the tourism industry. Weymouth's coastline, along with its beaches, museums, shops and aquarium ensures that the tourism industry continues to thrive within the town, creating many jobs.
There is much to see and do within the town of Weymouth. Throughout the year there are over 200 events held within the borough. These include dragon boat racing and firework festivals alongside much more. The Pavilion Theatre has shows all year round and is a popular attraction.