Bridport Area

West BayBridport is a vibrant and attractive Georgian town, famous for rope and net making, and is a “gateway” to the Jurassic Coast – World Heritage Site, but now becoming better known for its lively arts scene and excellent local food.

Every Wednesday and Saturday Bridport holds a famous street Market with stalls selling curiosities, amazing artisan food and bric-a-brac. Belying its size, this small market town is able to boast independent, award winning, butchers, bakers, greengrocers and a brewery!  The abundance of pubs in the town are well supported with a wide variety of restaurants and a great cocktail bar!  There is also a museum, a restored Art Deco cinema (which doubles up as a concert venue and theatre), an Arts Centre and a Leisure Centre for those wishing to stay in shape during their stay. The Tourist Information Centre (01308 424901) is located in the Town Hall.

The charming harbour of West Bay (recently made famous by the TV series Broadchurch) sits a mile and a half south of Bridport, between Eype and Burton Bradstock. With the stunning golden glow of the majestic sandstone cliffs and the shimmering radiance of Golden Cap, it is the Golden Gateway to the Jurassic Coast. West Bay also marks the beginning of the 18 mile stretch of shingle known as Chesil Beach (Chesil Bank). The pebbles increase in size as the beach runs from West to East. Pea-sized shingle at West Bay and jacket potato size at Portland. It is said that a smuggler landing on the beach at night could tell where he had landed by the size of the stones under his feet! West Bay is a wonderful seaside location and great for families. Activities include crabbing on the pier, swimming, fishing, boat trips, golfing, river boating, coastal walking and much much more.

BridportThe Area in Detail

The Bridport area offers a huge variety of things to do. Here we have broken down the locale to incorporate the finer detail of what the area has to offer.

Food & Drink

You will be spoilt for choice with a huge variety of fantastic artisan food on offer.

Bridport Beaches

Mainly shingle beaches adorn this stretch of the coastline with many activities to be enjoyed including kayaking, diving, snorkeling, sailing and surfing. Beach fishing is also popular with a wide variety of species available to be caught for your own barbecue fish supper.

What’s on in Bridport

There is never a dull moment in and around Bridport, from the famous Hat Festival to International Stars performing at The Electric Palace.

Villages near Bridport

The Bridport Area is a great place to stay for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. Rivers such as the Asker, Brit and Bride meander through rolling farmland and traditional villages. On the higher ground, ancient footpaths and byways link you to Iron Age hill-forts – just the ticket for exploration and picnics.


If you like to know before you go, visit these great websites to enhance your stay in Dorset: South West Coast PathJurassic CoastFossil HuntingVisit Dorset and iCoast.

Why not buy a Jurassic Coast Card which is new for 2018 and has some great deals for days out, food and drink and services along the Dorset Coast.

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