A short guide to Bennetts Water Gardens

A few years ago, while returning from a trip to Paris, I dropped in on Monet’s garden at Giverny. It’s sort of on the route between Paris and Weymouth.

The following year I went to Bennetts Water Gardens for the first time. And to be fair, Bennetts stands up well beside Giverny.

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The pleasures of Alexandra Gardens, Weymouth

If you’re looking for gloriously colourful displays of flowers in a quiet spot where you can enjoy wonderful views of the coast, head for Greenhill Gardens at the northern end of the seafront.

Alexandra Gardens, at the other end, near the Pavilion Theatre, offer an entirely different experience. They’re all candy floss, funfair rides and arcade games. Great fun for families with some loose change to spend on entertaining themselves.

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Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth

Every seaside resort has public gardens and a putting green right by the beach. Doesn’t it? It’s a pretty much a mandatory requirement along with fish and chips, penny arcades and assertive seagulls. I was going to mention Punch and Judy, but they’re hard to find these days, although Weymouth has one!

As I was saying about public gardens and putting greens – they’re two of the symbols of a proper seaside town and ours at Greenhill Gardens, and the north end of Weymouth beach (the other end from the Pavilion Theatre).

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A short guide to the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth

For one hundred years, between 1865 and 1965, trains puffed their way along the few miles of track that connected Weymouth to Portland. It took another 35 years for this useful route between Ferrybridge and Weymouth to become the Rodwell Trail, a popular cycle route and footpath.

The trail is quite short, just over two miles long, but it enjoys plenty of variety over the distance. It runs along embankments offering views of Weymouth and, at the southern end, Portland Harbour. It crosses a small number of bridges and, in the central section, runs through a deep cutting and a short tunnel.

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Discovering Weymouth Museum

Go to almost any Dorset town and it’s only a matter of time before you spot the museum. The local collection of artefacts, glued together by an explanation of the local history is usually housed in a building of some historic note. For those of us with an interest in the past, these local museums offer fascinating glimpses in the disappeared world of Dorset’s past.

You’ll be forgiven if you think Weymouth is an exception in not having a town museum. If you’ve been here a in the past you might recall that that there was a heritage timewalk experience in Brewers Quay, with an associated display of items collected from wrecks and other emphemera. But Brewers Quay was closed down a few years ago, wasn’t it?

Yes it was. But it’s reopened and it’s still home to the current Weymouth Museum. Continue reading “Discovering Weymouth Museum”