We also went to SEA LIFE Weymouth adventure park coz it was only £18 for both attractions adventure park + the Weymouth Tower that just opened), and we were staying 4 days so it made sense to do both.
Love this park! Loads of splash play areas (I have a 3 year old), and live animal feeds with the Seals and Penguins up close. Will definitely re-visit....another must see!
I just went up the Weymouth SEA LIFE Tower!
It was cool, its in the middle of the main weymouth bay and you see all the way to portland too. I didn't realise it went so high, but you have seats, and audio telling you all about the sites you see so it's quite entertaining.
It lasts about 1/2 hour, and is good for £6, must do if you are in Weymouth on your Hols!!
Head out of Weymouth in the direction of Wool and you will see signs to the Tank Museum.
What can I possibly say except it's good for a couple of hours... and that it is FULL of tanks... big one, little ones and every size, shape and colour inbetween! If you like tanks you will love this place.
Personally, I must admit I did get a little tanked-out towards the end and was horribly disappointed with the coffee!!!
£12 PER ADULT AND £7.50 PER CHILD (up to 16)
there are lots of 'test your skills' machines inside - each costing £1
...it is the kibnd of place that takes your money off of you so easily!
this is not so much of a tip as it is a taster of the other cottages. On their own there is nothing much to report on them - that I know of anyway,,, but I think they are extremely interesting to have a look at ...
To be honest there is nothing really much to say about this building other than it was the Rectory.
It has numerous scars and holes from bullets...
Inside it has some beautiful, old, cast iron fire places... gently being reclaimed by the delicate English countryside...
This is the set of building right next to the telephone box and the telegraph pole.
The telephone box is locked but if you look through the glass the telephone, books and posters etc... are all left overs from when the village was comandeered.
There is a telegraph pole next to the telephone box - it is worth having a read of the sign up the telegraph pole!
St. Mary's church, Tyneham
Preserved as a museum, it was on the door of this church that one of the 252 displaced residents left a note:
'Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.'
The school house is just one room...
It apparently closed some years before Tyneham was comandeered by the British military.
It has been renovated and is preserved as a museum... and a very interesting one it makes for too...
Well I was rather disappointed not to get across the harbour's waters via this method but the wind had apparently picked up and the little boats couldn't get into the other side...
Other than being a nice it saves having to walk to the end of the harbour to use the bridge!
Christmas 1943 - the British government commandeered the tiny, peaceful village of Tyneham. They wanted to use it (together with other land along the surrounding pennisula) for strategic practice. Churchill promised the residents that as soon as the war was won they would be able to go home.
252 people were displaced. Walking around what is left of Tyneham, today, it seems utterly impossible that there could have been as many as 252 people living here... it is so small!
When the people of Tyneham left, somebody put a note on the door of the church. The note has become infamous for it's sentiments, especially in light of the fact that the people were never to return! It read:
Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.
In 1948 the military put a compulsory purchase order on the land. The people were never allowed to return - although they kept up their fight.
The Lord of Tyneham was compensated, accordingly. The people were mostly given compensation for the crops they had planted in advance.
The military still own the land and still practice on it. As a result the land, having never been over-farmed is pretty much pristine Dorset countryside.
Because the military still use it for military procedures/training and use live ammo, it goes without saying that mostly it is off limits to the public. However, they do open Tyneham to the public on several dates throughout the year. The dates usually coincide with school holidays. You can find an up to date list at : http://www.dorsetforyou.com/389942
A lot of the buildings fell into disrepair - the manor house is long since gone... however, there are some building left and they have mostly been made safe.
The church and the school house have been preserved and are now museums.
Tyneham is an incredibly pretty place. Isolated and quiet... there is a sadness about it.
There is a car park but you should note there are no visitor facilities - no toilets and nowhere to buy food or drink so, go prepared!
Tyneham serves as a place frozen in time - the white telephone box, complete with posters etc... just left as it was (and now kept locked)
the school house with the books and the children's work etc... helps to get a sense of the characters that once lived here...
Before I went I read 'The Novel in the Viola' by Natasha Solomons. It is a work of fiction but it is set in Tyneham at the long since gone manor house. .. it helped to bring a little romance to the place!
The old harbour is pretty and reminded me of Nyhavn in Copenhagen with the little boats and red paint...
There are some restaurants, bars and pubs here which would have been idealic in the Easter sunshine but for the mass of drunken lads... perhaps it is quieter when it is not a public holiday....
The fort was built in 1872 on Portland Harbour (ex-military harbour) for protection.
It played a large role in WWII but is now (after having been abandoned in the 1950s) a museum.
Try as I might I cannot find an awful lot more to say other than the staff were very friendly and it was something to do in Weymouth...
Weymouth has its own resident sand scupltor known as the sandman who creates sculpturs out of sand, normally located on the seafront. his work varies from Shrek to The Wizard of Oz what will it be this year?
Monkey World is the setting for the popular TV shows Monkey Business and Monkey Life. It is set amongst the woodland of Dorset and provides sanctuary in 65 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, including a Woodland Walk. On the site there is also a café and indoor and outdoor play areas for children.
The centre holds over 150 primates including over 50 chimpanzees - the largest such group outside Africa, gibbons, lemurs, macaques, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, marmosets and woolly monkeys mostly in large open enclosures with indoor and outdoor viewing areas.
Monkey World was started in 1987 to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home and now takes in apes for rehabilitation, animals rescued from all over the world (from experimental labs, circuses, beach photographers, the pet trade).
July and August: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
September to June: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
One of the largest man-made harbours in the world, the Portland Harbour is set to be the venue for the sailing competitions in the 2012 London Olympics (hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy).
It is a popular spot for sea rides, wind surfing, diving and sailing, with diving around wrecks being one of the star attractions. For this, you have the Countess of Erme and the Spaniard barges, as well as
the Himalaya - first a 19th century passenger liner, and later also a barge. HMS Hood, which is perhaps the most famous wreck in the harbour, is off limits as it is considered too dangerous for diving.
In addition to being a pleasure destination, the harbour is also a busy port for everything from pleasure yachts and RIBs to car ferries.