Information about Poundbury, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland

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POUNDBURY

Just on the outskirts of Dorchester lies Poundbury, Prince Charles’ exciting urban development. With a constant supply of new properties coming onto the market, Poundbury provides an attractive environment.

With over 170 businesses located in Poundbury, it hosts a number of specialist boutique shops, cafes, meeting places & a variety of professional services. There is plentiful parking and a good bus service into Dorchester. For more information visit www.discoverpoundbury.co.uk

DORCHESTER

The County Town of Dorchester is a great shopping destination with an extensive choice of cafes and restaurants and no less than two cinemas. It provides easy access to the South and West coastal resorts of Weymouth, Portland & Bridport. To the East, Poole and Bournemouth are easily reached via the A35 and rail links run from Weymouth to Waterloo and to Bristol Temple Meads.

With Europe’s largest prehistoric hill fort at Maiden Castle and no fewer than 8 museums including Dorset County Museum with its wonderful Victorian main hall and a reproduction of Thomas Hardy's study, Dorchester is a successful bustling town with great historical and literary connections as well as the rapidly growing Poundbury and Brewery Square developments.

WEYMOUTH

The seaside resort of Weymouth boasts safe sandy beaches and a vibrant harbour, which adjoins the Isle Of Portland that forms part of the World Heritage Coast and host to the 2012 Sailing Events for the Olympics and Paralympics.

King George III(third), whose statue stands between the Esplanade and Weymouth's main streets, "discovered" Weymouth and put it on the map during visits between 1789 and 1805. It became a popular bathing resort and remains so to this day with its wide sandy beach and safe shallow bathing area.

A brisk stroll along the Esplanade will take you all the way to Preston, nestling by the start of the Jurassic cliffs. Here you can climb the hill for spectacular views over the bay - location, location, location!.

PORTLAND

Linked to Weymouth by a causeway bordered on one side by the Chesil Beach, the imposing Isle of Portland with its mass of stone quarries offers sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and is a great venue for rock climbing.Nowhere on Portland is very far from the sea and it offers a variety of coastal paths, many through old quarry workings.

Whitestones and the Jackson Gallery are both art/cafes and point the way to a burgeoning art scene on the island which is hardly surprising when so many properties have such wonderful views over the sea and Chesil Beach.

Prince Charles' Poundbury is gaining fame as a unique development.
Poundbury offers a variety of housing styles.
Historic Dorchester, county town of Dorset
A fishing boat in Weymouth Harbour
Weymouth seen from Preston
The amazing Chesil Beach seen from the Portland Heights
The Octagon Cafe in Pundbury
Borough Gardens - for beautiful walks in the heart of Dorchester
Thomas Hardy - Dorchester's most famous son
Weymouth's beautiful sandy beach
Portland provides spectacular climbing
A rock quarry coastal walk on Portland