Weymouth Pleasure Pier, DT4 8ED
The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. This historic ship is operated by a charity and carries over 250,000 passengers each year, transporting them to favourite seaside haunts or to marvel at the unfolding landscape around the south of England’s Jurassic Coast.
The paddle steamer Waverley was built on the River Clyde in 1947. In 2003, a major restoration project was completed, returning the ship to the original 1940s style in which she was built. The Waverley is the only remaining real Clyde steamer and the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. In 1974, The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society bought the 693-tonne ship for £1 to preserve it for the future.
On the cruises, passengers can gain unrivalled access to spectacular scenery, miles of golden sandy beaches and an island steeped in history. This award-winning attraction provides a range of day, afternoon and evening cruises on selected days throughout September from Weymouth Pleasure Pier to various ports including Bournemouth and Yarmouth.
Cruise by the famous Lulworth Cove one of Dorset’s most recognisable features heading onwards past Durlston Head with its imposing castle on the hilltop and into Bournemouth, the perfect place to spend a day out with the family. Take a ride on the mini land trains, play with the kids on one of the cleanest beaches in the UK or enjoy a quiet stroll through Bournemouth’s glorious gardens.
Alternatively steam through the Solent and view the magnificent coastal scenery of the Isle of Wight. Stop off at Yarmouth with its natural harbour, which is a mecca to numerous boats and yachts that visit, or stay on board and enjoy a cruise around the Isle of Wight passing Newtown, Thorness and Gurnard Bay and along the coast to Cowes, famous for its huge sailing events during the summer.
Finally, don’t miss the legendary Evening Showboats with a live jazz band on board and make it a night to remember!
The Waverley has excellent onboard facilities including a restaurant serving hot and cold snacks, two bars, heated lounges, engine room and paddle wheel viewing gallery, and a souvenir shop.