Bridport Attractions and Museums

There is a diverse collection of attractions and museums in the Bridport area, from a fine manor house to an English vineyard.

Bridport Museum

A small local museum mainly charting the town’s rope and net industry.

Palmers Brewery

The only thatched brewery in the UK welcomes visitors from Easter to the end of October. The guided tour starts at 11am every weekday (excluding Bank Holidays) and lasts for two hours. Go behind the scenes in the historic brewery buildings as you watch every stage of the centuries-old brewing process. End with a beer tasting and the opportunity to purchase your favourite in the brewery shop.

Mangerton Mill

A 17th Century working watermill with tea rooms, crafts, trout fishing and a rural bygones museum.

Furleigh Estate Wine Tour

Enjoy a guided tour through the vineyard and the purpose-built winery, then finish with a wine tasting of a selection of their still and sparkling wines in a converted cow barn.

Abbotsbury Swannery

The only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. Help to feed them, watch cygnets hatching, enjoy a walk or relax in the excellent cafe.

Abbotsbury Gardens

An historic sub-tropical garden with 20 acres of exotic and unusual plants, shrubs and trees grown in a uniquely mild climate with a restaurant, plant nursery and play area.

St Catherine’s Chapel

This iconic Dorset landmark sits all alone on a hilltop and was built by monks in the 14th Century. From the top of the hill are panoramic views of Chesil Beach and Portland. Wander around the nooks and crannies of the chapel, including the ‘wishing holes’ where the local women used to pray to St Catherine to find them a husband.

Mapperton House and Gardens

Used as the main location for the 2015 film ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, ‘The Nation’s Finest Manor House’ Country features a romantic valley garden, out buildings and a church.

Beaminster Museum

The town’s history displayed in an old chapel.

Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre

Shopping for all the family – unusual gifts, traditional toys, country wines and preserves, food, jewellery, handbags and much more.  There is a restaurant and the Attic Gallery is the home of local artists and crafters, individual craft studios and crafting courses/workshops.


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