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Bridport & West Bay

Market Town

Bridport Tourist Information Centre
South Street
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01308 424901

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Call direct on:

01308 424901

Fax: 01308 421060

Add Bridport & West Bay to your Itinerary

Set amongst the spectacular rolling Dorset hills, Bridport is a lively town with a friendly and vibrant character. As well as being a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast, Bridport has also been named a Beacon Town for the quality and variety of its locally produced food. Bridport’s culinary delights can be sampled any day of the year, however, the town truly comes to life on the second Saturday of every month when the popular farmers' market arrives and also annually in June when Bridport hosts its own food festival.

In addition to being a town well known for its tasty dishes, Bridport has a captivating history. Bridport was one of the most important towns in the country in the 19th century for its rope making industry and the town can boast some of the broadest streets in the west of England, designed especially for the twisting and dying of ropes and nets. The trade still continues today and there are a number of local businesses which produce specialist nets for customers all over the world. Visitors who wish to learn more about the historic background of the town should visit the Bridport Museum, which presents a great collection of exhibitions and artefacts from Bridport’s yesteryear.

Bridport is a town of contrast and alongside its history runs a thriving and artistic literary community. The Bridport Arts Centre runs a varied programme of events throughout the year ranging from contemporary theatres to the more traditional and the Electric Palace has recently become one of the south’s most popular venues for live music, comedy and cinema. The town is also home to Britain’s only thatched brewery, Palmers of Bridport, which runs as a visitor attraction. The Palmers name has remained synonymous with Bridport for the past 200 years.

A mile south of the town is West Bay, a bustling little harbour which becomes a popular tourist resort in the summer months. Visitors can do a spot of crabbing, take a fishing boat trip or simply sit on the harbour side and unwind to the soft lapping of the waves and tinkle of the boat masts. West Bay is also recognisable as being the pretty harbour village from the 1990s television series Harbour Lights.

What's Nearby

  1. Bridport Museum

    From Romans to rope-making. Bridport Museum tells the unique story of the town from its Saxon...

    0.08 miles away
  2. Palmers Brewery

    Palmers Brewery is situated in Bridport, a charming market town nestling in the hills on the...

    0.39 miles away
  3. Bridport Leisure Centre

    The leisure centre is open seven days a week and has a comprehensive programme of activities to...

    0.5 miles away
  4. Lyme Bay RIB Charter

    Exciting & exhilarating boat trips running from West Bay along the Jurassic Coast.RIB Blasts,...

    1.4 miles away
  1. West Bay Beach

    Shingle, sand and pebbles. Steep shelving.

    Slipway and harbour.

    Auxiliary coastguard.

    1.52 miles away
  2. Eype Beach

    Eype Beach is a steeply shelving pebble beach and is located three miles from Bridport.


    1.54 miles away
  3. Mangerton Mill

    17th Century working water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones, set in peaceful rural valley on the...

    2.35 miles away
  4. Burton Bradstock (Hive Beach)

    A shelving shingle beach, close to the village of Burton Bradstock.

    On a clear day, visitors can...

    2.88 miles away
  5. Seatown Beach

    A steep shelving beach with pebbles and shingle.

    2.9 miles away
  6. Furleigh Estate Wine Tours

    Set in West Dorset’s wonderful green and rolling hills, Furleigh Estate makes some of the best...

    3.54 miles away
  7. Golden Cap

    Golden Cap is the rather obvious name for a high, flat-topped hill of deep orange sandstone on the...

    3.7 miles away
  8. Eggardon Hillfort

    "Eggardon Hill Fort has impressive 360 degree views across the County. The drive up to the fort is...

    3.8 miles away
  9. Cogden Beach

    Owned by the National Trust, Cogden Beach, the steep shelving, single beach is located on the coast...

    3.91 miles away
  10. Mapperton House & Gardens

    ‘Voted the Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life and location of the 2015 film ‘Far from the...

    4.86 miles away
  11. Beaminster Museum

    Beaminster Museum is an Arts Council of England accredited local history museum with plenty to see...

    5.34 miles away
  12. West Bexington Beach

    West Bexington Beach is a shingle beach that shelves steeply.

    Walking is popular around this area...

    5.49 miles away
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