Trains to Weymouth bring visitors to within a few minutes' walk of this popular seaside town's sweeping Esplanade, which runs along the three-mile stretch of Weymouth Beach towards Weymouth Pier. But it's not just a historic resort. To this day fishermen still ply their trade here and as the London 2012 Olympics showed, Weymouth is also a world-class venue for water sports.
Some of the most dramatic events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were played out on the waters around Weymouth and Portland. The area hosted thousands of visitors over the course of the Games, and you can follow in the wake of GB gold-medallist Ben Ainslie at the area's many water sports centres.
For a slightly less energetic way to spend your day, the beautiful golden sands of the beach are hard to beat. In the summer season, you'll find everything you'd expect from a traditional seaside resort, including donkey rides and Punch & Judy shows.
And for an all-year-round sandcastle fix, head to Sandworld at the far end of the beach, where you can see, and have a go at creating, the most amazing sand creations. In the warren of streets off the Esplanade, you'll find a host of shops, galleries and cafes - follow the streets south to reach the historic harbour, where some of the best pubs are located.
At the pier end of the Esplanade is the Pavilion, the town's main entertainment venue, and the hard-to-miss Jurassic Skyline, which takes visitors up 174ft and offers 360 degree views of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.