Points of Interest
Weymouth's Pavilion Theatre is just a short walk along the Esplanade from Oaklands and hosts a variety of musicals, dramas and comedy show all year round.
Enjoy 360° views of Weymouth, Portland and the surrounding area from 165 feet above the resort. Views extend for miles along the World Heritage "Jurassic Coast" to the East and tantalizing glimpses of Chesil Beach to the West. The huge scale of Portland Harbour becomes apparent and broad sweep of Weymouth seafront stretches out below.
Athelhampton House and Gardens
Described as one of the finest 15th-century country houses in England, Athelhampton near Dorchester almost became derelict in the 1800s before it was restored by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine. It was acquired by the Cooke family in 1957 and is still a family house. Thomas Hardy often visited Athelhampton (or "Athelhall" as he called it) and painted a watercolour of the house when he was 19. The formal gardens are dominated by twelve giant topiary pyramids which stand over 30 feet high.
Bennetts Water Gardens
Set in the disused clay pits of Chickerell Brickworks just a few minutes drive from our B&B on the outskirts of Weymouth, this eight-acre site has been landscaped to create a tranquil walk around numerous lakes with scenic places to sit and relax. Blooming at their best throughout the summer is one of the most outstanding displays of water lilies in Britain (150 varieties) surrounded by huge ponds and moisture loving plants, palms, native trees and wild flowers.
The 95-mile stretch of coastline between Orcombe Point in East Devon and the Old Harry Rocks at Swanage in Dorset, was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on 13th December 2001. This is England's first natural World Heritage Site, ranking it amongst such places as the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef in environmental importance and one of the world's principal geological tourist attractions.