Dorchester and Athelhampton House


Travel by Coach
2 Included Excursions
  • Relax in Georgian Weymouth
  • Discover beautiful Athelhampton House
  • Visit Dorchester
  • Scenic drive calling at Lulworth Cove

Set on a breath-taking Georgian bay, with sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Weymouth is a firm favourite. Join us on a short break taking in some of the local area’s highlights including a visit to beautiful Athelhampton House, exploring historic Dorchester and admiring pretty Lulworth Cove.

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Day One
We depart the interchange and travel to Weymouth where we check into the Royal Hotel and enjoy an evening meal. (D)

Day Two to Four
Over the three days we will be in Weymouth we enjoy two included excursions. One excursion goes to the lively market town of Dorchester where we will have time to see the beautiful medieval centre before continuing to Athlehampton House. The house is set in beautiful grounds and one of the best examples of a house of its age in the country. We will also take a drive along beautiful coastline through the Purbeck coast and past Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove. The cove is a magnificent sight to behold, particularly in summer when a number of boats dot the water here. The other day in Weymouth is free time for you to explore the town, Weymouth is famous for its wide sandy beaches and Bennett’s Water Gardens, which contain many different types of plant from across the globe. The town of Portland is a short trip away via public transport and is a great place to enjoy your free day with scenic coastal walks and a much quieter feel than bustling Weymouth. (B,D)

Day Five
After breakfast we depart and travel home via the interchange. (B)

Royal Weymouth Hotel


  • A Bay Preferred hotel – find out more here
  • Stay in an outstanding position on the seafront directly opposite Weymouth’s award winning beach
  • Enjoy views of the promenade from the bar and restaurant and entertainment in the ballroom
  • Easily access the most scenic areas of the Dorset Coast by car and from nearby Weymouth station

The Royal Hotel commands an unrivaled position right on Weymouth’s seafront with the town’s beach just across the promenade and a wealth of shops, boutique cafes and bars and quality restaurants just a short walk away.

Weymouth has a number of great attractions with Nothe Fort an easy walk from the hotel which has various exhibitions on a variety of subjects throughout the year. Or take the bus to the Isle of Portland which has a historic castle and lighthouse and is generally a lovely place to spend a day on its trails which offer great views.

Weymouth’s main train station is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel and by car and train the surrounding landscape is fantastic to explore. The Jurassic Coast is a short journey away as is the New Forest, both of which offer fantastic wildlife and landscapes with stunning golden beaches and fantastic moorland respectively.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar offer great views of the promenade and are a great place for people watching while enjoying our chef’s wide and varied menus at breakfast and for an evening meal. Choose to enjoy an upgrade to superior and premier rooms for even greater comfort and space as well as fantastic sea views during your stay.

Rooms at this hotel

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Dorchester and Athelhampton House

Today we visit two historic places, Dorchester and Athelhampton House. Dorchester is a beautiful little town set among Dorset’s scenic hills. The town has a number of monuments and notable buildings that have been here for centuries, we will have time here to explore the town and discover the quaint churches and stone buildings it contains. We will then continue to Athelhampton House, which was built in the 15th century has a number of beautiful pieces of art and fully furnished rooms in the Great Hall, Great Chamber and wine cellar. The stunning gardens are grade I listed and contain a huge range of fabulous flowers from around the world.


Half Day: Lulworth Cove

Today we take a short drive along the scenic coast to Lulworth Cove. The cove is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its scenic nature and blue sea that fills the bay and its unique shape, with the cove almost totally encircling the water. Enjoy fantastic views of the cove while you are here and learn about the unique geology and landform that have created this beautiful place.