This ancient port has a
remarkable history and surroundings that lure
thousands of sightseers each summer.
Now a vibrant resort at the mouth of the River Wey, it has ferries taking passengers to both Cherbourg and the Channel Islands.
It owes its modern
popularity to George III who, in 1789, created
a sensational craze by becoming the first
reigning monarch to bathe in a new-fangled
bathing machine. The rest of Britain quickly
followed his example.
Curiously it may have been from Weymouth that the Black Death spread, though the West Country author Thomas Hardy saw it in more innocent terms, calling it ‘Budmouth’ in his novel ‘The Trumpet Major’.