Bridport Area in Detail

Bridport is a Market Town that has a long history as a rope-making centre. Saxon in origin, it became the 4th most important settlement in England in the reign of King Alfred. Many buildings in Bridport date from the 18th Century and this is particularly true of the main high street.  Although small, it is vibrant and colourful with an abundance of pubs, restaurants and markets (the farmers market is monthly and a street market runs each Wednesday and Saturday from 8am). It is also able to boast ‘Englands Oldest Family Butchers’ with a continuous line dating back from 1515.

Situated on the mouth of the River Brit, West Bay lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A pretty bustling harbour offers boat and fishing trips and seaside fun. The excellent pubs and restaurants specialise in fresh local seafood. The area has  featured in many TV productions including The Rise & Fall of Reginald Perin, Harbour Lights and more recently Broadchurch.

Abbotsbury is a pretty village full of ancient thatched cottages with two pubs, craft shops, galleries and tearooms. Abbotsbury Swannery and the Sub-Tropical Gardens are not to be missed. Beaminster  has over 200 listed Ham stone buildings in its historic centre. Cradled in the downs, it is a charming, tranquil, very small town with specialist food shops, craft galleries, restaurants, pubs and is a great base for walking in the surrounding hills.

Attractions and Museums

Bridport and the surrounding are is steeped in history and has some wonderful museums that tell the story of both the land and the sea ……

Arts and Entertainment

Dorset is fast becoming the place to be in the art and literary world with exhibitions, studios and festivals in abundance throughout the year

Family Activities

The family holiday is always enhanced with the extra things that can be done together here are a few ideas for your time here in Dorset

Outdoor Pursuits

Getting out into the countryside and enjoying the beauty, peace and quiet really helps one to relax, however, sometimes you may just want to have a go at something new or a bit different.

Dogs in the area

With so many of us holidaying with our four legged friends we need to know where the best places are to go


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 i Coast.

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