Nothe Fort And Gardens
After a couple of beers at the Red Lion you might want to walk them off with a visit to Nothe Fort and its gardens. These are located at the western entrance to the harbour and the gardens offer great views along the coast and over the town.
I didn't have time to visit the fort itself this visit but it certainly looks interesting. The fort was constructed during the period 1860-72 primarily as a coastal defence for Weymouth and Portland harbours. It wasn't until the Second World War that it saw action as part of the local anti-aircraft defences, although the main battery of AA guns was located where the gardens car par now is.
The Ministry of Defence sold the fort to the local council in 1961 but the various proposed schemes for it failed to reach fruition and the site fell into disrepair. During the late 1980's the Weymouth Civic Society, in conjunction with the Manpower Services Scheme, began to restore the fort and it is now one of Weymouth's most popular attractions and is often used as a venue for loval events and concerts.
The fort is open to the public from May until September and for a couple of weeks at Easter and during the October half-term break. Website has details of opening times, admission etc and a short overview of the fort's history.
The gardens though are open year round and there's no charge for admission.