Weymouth, the Swanage Railway & Jurassic Coastal Cruise

From glorious countryside and spectacular beaches, to historic castle ruins and coastal landmarks, Dorset is a county of stunning contrasts. It is blessed with a wealth of natural beauty and the dramatic scenery of the Jurassic Coast provides a picturesque backdrop to each of the pretty towns and seaside resorts scattered along it. From a scenic coastal cruise to a nostalgic trip on a heritage railway, we enjoy the highlights of this picturesque region by land and sea.

Travel Options

5 Days from just £pp

Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at our selected hotel, Weymouth with dinner & breakfast
  • Entertainment some evenings
  • Excursion to Dorchester Market
  • Jurassic Coastal Cruise
  • Heritage train journey on the Swanage Railway

    Optional excursion to the Jurassic Coast: Lyme Regis, West Bay & Abbotsbury (£12pp)

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Departure Date Pickup Points Hotel from Price Single Supplement  
06/10/2020 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
14/10/2020 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
26/10/2020 £359.00 £N/A Book Now
Selected Hotel

We’ll stay at one of two hotels in Weymouth. Both hotels offer comfortable en-suite rooms with TV and tea and coffee-making facilities, a bar and restaurant.

The Hotel Central is located in the heart of Weymouth within easy walking distance of the beach, shops, cafés and historic harbour. (JG2 rating)

The Fairhaven Hotel is situated on the esplanade overlooking Weymouth beach with views of the Jurassic coastline. (JG2+ rating)

Single Supplements Apply

Hotel Rating

Hotels with a JG2 rating are a mixture of larger hotels and privately owned properties. Décor and furnishings may be simple but are well maintained. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Food may be buffet style in some of the larger hotels. Services may be limited
but efficient.

Hotel Rating

JG2+ rated hotels offer a higher standard of hospitality, often by the friendly owner or manager and often with good home cooking plus enhanced décor, facilities and services. Food may be buffet style in some of the larger hotels. These hotels have proven to deliver a higher level of satisfaction according to our customer feedback surveys.

Weymouth Breaks & Jurassic Coastal Cruise

Dorchester Market (half day)
We spend the morning in the charming county town of Dorchester, browsing the stalls of its traditional and charming market which was founded in 1860. There is a range of products on offer from 200 market traders. If the weather is clement, a stroll around Borough Gardens is lovely, with their iconic, colourful clock and beautiful flower beds.

Swanage Railway & Jurassic Coastal Cruise (full day)
We begin the day in Norden where we board our train for a trip on the heritage Swanage Railway, transporting us back to a bygone era. Our memorable journey takes us through six miles of beautiful scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, to the popular seaside resort of Swanage.

Afterwards, we take to the water from Swanage Pier for a two hour round cruise along the Jurassic coastline and through Europe’s largest natural harbour to Poole and back. We enjoy glorious views of local beaches and sights such as the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and the imposing landmark of Old Harry Rocks.

Optional Excursion

Jurassic Coast: Lyme Regis, West Bay & Abbotsbury – £12pp (full day)
Join our optional excursion along the Jurassic Coast. Often referred to as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, Lyme Regis is an unspoilt seaside resort and fishing port, also noted for the fossils found on its beaches and surrounding cliffs. An interesting landmark is The Cobb, a curved stone harbour wall that featured in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

We continue on to West Bay, part of the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast and situated at the western end of Chesil Beach. The dramatic sandstone cliffs, beach and harbour were the backdrop for the smash-hit TV series Broadchurch and are instantly recognisable.

We end the day in Abbotsbury, a charming village located in sheltered valley, famous for its subtropical gardens. Thomas Hardy wrote about this lovely area, with the recent adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd using Abbotsbury as a filming location.