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The white Georgian townhouses on Weymouth's seafront provide a marvellous backdrop to the town's impressive log arc of fine, golden and often busy sand. Ever popular since King George III frequented the town from 1789 to cure his bouts of insanity causing a monarch-spotting frenzy, Weymouth is a trusty seaside classic. Offering a lovely beach, esplanade, historic harbour, marina and a nature reserve that encircles the town centre, Weymouth combines the traditional and modern, making it a great place to visit by coach.
Apart from Weymouth Bay being fit for a King, the town is reportedly the place where the destructive Black Death first made contact with the English shoreline and is known for being the base of the British, American and Canadian ships that led the D-Day Invasion. The Town's Nothe Fort, a harbour defence-turned naval museum, pays homage to the latter with its collection of old fashioned military scenes and anti-aircraft weaponry from World War II.
Set on the stunning Dorset coast, Weymouth is the perfect coach holidays destination in England whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure. This traditional seaside resort is also great for bucket n' spade wielding families as the beaches here are pristine. The coastal waters alone are supposed to be some of the best in Europe which is why Weymouth was chosen as the venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events. There are plenty of wrecks located just off the coast making this a prime area for divers from across the world. Families will be delighted to hear that Weymouth Bay is packed full of seaside entertainment from crazy golf to donkey rides and amusement arcades so there's no chance that children will become bored as there's far too much to see and do on coach breaks to Dorset. They can even walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs along Weymouth's Jurassic Coast and see who is the first to spot a fossil!
For the opportunity to experience the warmer Weymouth weather, unfold that deckchair upon the resorts lovely beach and take a dip in the clean sea where King George III used to bathe, you won't regret it!
Tours to Weymouth start from £199 per person and typically include; return coach travel, transportation whilst in the resort, accommodation in good standard hotels, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions so you can explore further should you wish to.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Weymouth, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
To find out more about visiting Weymouth, check out their official tourism website at visitweymouth.co.uk
You are not restricted to staying within the resort of Weymouth as there are plenty of places and attractions to visit whilst taking coach holidays to Dorset. Just take a look at this:
Famous for its Georgian seafront, Weymouth is an impressive location to visit. With a picturesque 17th Century historic harbour situated adjacent to the beach and town centre, the harbour is always busy and bustling with nautical activity. The beach is also a fabulous place to visit, with spectacular views of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline.
Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens
Established in 1765 by the Countess of Ilchester, the gardens are full of exotic and rare plants that encompass over 20 acres of land. They are a combination of informal and formal flowers, with a world famous reputation for its magnolia, rhododendron and hydrangea collections.
Constructed in the early 17th Century, Lulworth Castle became the heart of a large estate. Used for its main purpose of hosting the King and court when he wanted to go hunting, the Castle was built in order to entertain. The original interior was gutted in 1929 following a disastrous fire, but has since been lovingly restored.
Situated at the entrance to the harbour, Nothe Fort is a great attraction for visitors to Weymouth to explore especially if you are fascinated with all things naval. With a maze of underground passageways and tunnels, the Fort was purchased by the council in 1961 and has since been transformed into a Museum of Coastal Defence. The museum is home to original World War II memorabilia, original guns, cannons and other wartime vehicles.