Dorset is famous for its beaches, but Chesil Beach must take first prize as the most well-known. Stretching across 18 miles between Portland and Bridport, Chesil Beach is part of the Jurassic Heritage Coast, granted that status by UNESCO. Packed with fossils and geological wonders, Chesil Beach offers a wild and rugged panorama and is a superb place to visit at any time of year, whether you want a gentle stroll in the summer heat or a brisk, invigorating walk in the depths of winter. There's a good range of accommodation to choose from, from characterful guest houses to impressive hotels.
A Comfortable Base: B&Bs near Chesil Beach
Guesthouses and B&Bs are ideal for those who simply want a comfortable base from which to explore the beach and its surrounds. Without the constraints of set meal times and maid services to worry about, you're very much in control of how you spend your time. The Beach House B&B in Portland offers unpretentious surroundings and a great breakfast to set you up for the day. The Wadham Guest House in Weymouth is another fine example, offering excellent accommodation set in an historic building.
Hotels for Special Occasions
However, if your visit to Chesil Beach is part of a special occasion or you simply want to spend some quality downtime with that special someone, there are plenty of superb hotels dotted along the 18 miles of shingle and fossils. The Heights Hotel offers spectacular views across the Portland end of Chesil Beach and boasts its own bistro, serving delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. For those travelling on business there are a number of conference rooms available, packed with all the extras you could need to make a business meeting go smoothly such as WiFi access and audio and visual facilities.
Attractions near Chesil Beach
With the beach covering such a long stretch, there are plenty of other attractions to explore, such as Portland Castle and the Abbotsbury Swannery. Most hotels along the beach are within easy access of an attraction or two and you can spend your day exploring just what this fantastic county has to offer.
Chesil Beach is one of Dorset's most popular attractions, drawing families and couples to its shores throughout the calendar. Booking a hotel near Chesil Beach is the best way to make the most of your time here.