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Visit Bridport and West Bay vibrant market town and seaside resort
You’ll find the best of both worlds at Bridport and West Bay.
Bridport is a thriving, quirky and cultural market town with a fantastic antiques quarter. Only a mile away is the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast at the village of West Bay, also known to many as Broadchurch.
Bridport and West Bay’s location lends itself as the perfect base to explore. It has great links to the west towards Charmouth and Lyme Regis and to the east, Dorchester and Weymouth are only a short journey away by car or bus.
Bridport is a lively and vibrant market town with a rich, rope-making heritage. It also has a tremendous reputation for arts, culture, events and food.
The town is a hive of activity with an eclectic mix of independent shops, cafes and restaurants that give the town a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere.
Bucky Doo Square is home to the fabulous team at Bridport Tourist Information Centre. With local experts available to provide the best insights into making the most of your time in Bridport you should certainly pop in and speak to the team.
A much loved location with visitors for generations, it’s not hard to see why visitors return again and again.
Wonderful West Bay
Just a mile to the south of Bridport is West Bay - a charming fishing village located on one of the most dramatic stretches of the Jurassic Coast.
West Bay has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years while playing host to ITV’s smash hit Drama Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman. It’s not hard to see why the location was chosen. West Bay offers some stunning landscapes to explore with breathtaking views from its cliff tops that surround the village.
With delightful beaches and a wonderful selection of places to eat that surround the harbour, West Bay is a favourite destination for holidaymakers and day trippers a like.
Fantastic days out
The Bridport area has a wealth of fascinating attractions, many of which celebrate the heritage and art influences in the town.
Beer lovers will enjoy taking a tour of Palmer’s, England’s only thatched brewery, with all the ales made to a centuries old process. You’ll experience a special tasting and leave with a commemorative tankard; you can even purchase drop of your favourite ale to take home!
The area offers so much to get you out and about, from fun on the water with Lyme Bay RIB Charters and river paddles with West Bay Canoes to hitting the fairway at Bridport & West Bay Golf Club or getting active at Bridport Leisure Centre. Not forgetting the miles upon miles of wonderful walking routes and cycling trails that allow you to take in the beautiful scenery. You’ll just need to decide what you want to do first!
Bridport and West Bay also provide a jam-packed events calendar, with the much loved Hat Festival and Food Festival being particular highlights each year.
Bridport and West Bay have now developed a real following among foodies and are well known for providing some of the best eating out and takeaway opportunities in the area.
From award winning restaurants to warm and welcoming pubs using the very best in local produce to be found anywhere, not forgetting some exceptional seafood.
A lovely place to head to for a casual meal is the Watch House Café at West Bay. Situated right on the shoreline, you can kick back in the outdoor seating area and watch the waves roll in whilst enjoying delicious pizza or seafood and a glass of vino.
Enjoy award winning food in unique surroundings with The Station Kitchen. Situated in the old West Bay station house you can enjoy the most delightful dishes while sat in a rustic railway carriage on the old decommissioned tracks.
Who could want for anything else?!
Shopping and markets
Bridport is well known for it's huge variety of small and independent shops, where you'll find unique fashion, fantastic food and drink and individual gifts you won't find anywhere else.
Bucky Doo Square is the town's heartbeat with regular music and performances being enjoyed during the acclaimed Saturday market. With stalls and producers visiting from around the local area to sell unique gifts and delicious food and drink.
Saturday is most certainly market day, with not just one but three markets in town.
Down at West Bay, there are a number of shops scattered in between the seaside cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Why not stay a while
Start planning your holiday or short break now to explore this beautiful vibrant part of West Dorset.
Bridport and West Bay offer a fantastic selection of accommodation. Whether you’re ready to bust the budget on something special or just want somewhere comfy and friendly, we’re confident that you'll enjoy a break that will make lifelong memories.
Symondsbury Estate Holidays are based just outside the town in an area of outstanding natural beauty and offer luxury self catering breaks. Many of the cottages boast their own hot tubs and large private gardens, perfect if you’re after a plush group stay with friends or family.
Just a short drive away you’ll find the renowned Seaside Boarding House, a distinct hotel perched right on the clifftop at Burton Bradstock; it’s an elegant yet informal place to enjoy a relaxing break beside the sea.
If you’ve a family in tow, then you can enjoy an action packed time at West Bay Holiday Park. Kids clubs, live cabaret, activities and much more all on your doorstep, you won’t want to return home!
Berehayes has 8 holiday cottages set in a tranquil rural village just 2 miles from the beaches of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in West Dorset and 5 miles from the Devon...
The Cogden Cottages are absolute sea view beach front family sized cottages. They are modelled from a former Victorian coastguard station which means they have the most fabulous views of all of Lyme...
Set in West Dorset’s wonderful green and rolling hills, Furleigh Estate makes some of the best sparkling wine in the country. We have over 22,000 vines and a purpose-built winery containing...
Graston Farm Cottages are set in the beautiful Bride Valley and are in an ideal position for walking and cycling with just a 30 minute walk to the coast. There are numerous footpaths crossing the...
Fantastic food. Iconic coastline. The Hive Beach Café is located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast, with far reaching views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach. ...
Martin offers professional guided walks, Jurassic Coast tours, Charity Walks, Corporate Walking Events and fossil hunts anywhere along the full length of the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas....
Newlands is a family run park located in the picturesque World Heritage village of Charmouth, just a stones throw from the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast near the Dorset/Devon border. Set in 23 acres of...
Guided brewery tours now run throughout the year Monday to Friday. Book on to one of our brewery tours and take a look around the only thatched brewery in the UK. Palmers ales are brewed in one of...
Rudge Farm Cottages is peacefully situated in 20 acres of beautiful countryside close to the West Dorset coast and overlooking the beautiful Bride Valley. The farm is a haven for peace...
The Seaside Boarding House is an award winning contemporay British Restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a damn good lunch or a working meal, both require fine food and a suitable environment....
Welcome to our restaurant in West Bay, Bridport. The Station Kitchen is the first Bridport restaurant, by the award winning caterers Sausage & Pear. The Station Kitchen is perfectly unique and...
West Bay Holiday Park is the perfect base for exploring the fantastic Jurassic Coast and gorgeous nearby harbour setting. The park offers a fun-filled, action-packed getaway with its fantastic...
Tranquil location; well-equipped comfortable en-suite rooms offering stunning countryside views over a Designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our guest bedrooms and breakfast room have...
This is a small, quiet holiday cottage complex, on the outskirts of the village of Chideock, set in a hollow by Winniford Stream and surrounded by rolling farmland. A mile inland off the main road, it...
Classic Cottages have the perfect holiday home waiting for you in Dorset. From family-sized homes with sea views in Lyme Regis to chic couple’s boltholes in the heart of Bridport, there's...
Symondsbury Kitchen pride themselves in growing their own salad, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs in their vegetable garden. They also use their home made produce as well as their delicious home...
Choose from coastal escapes, cosy cottages and character farmhouses!
Boutique hotels, cosy B&Bs, contemporary guest houses.....you'll find them all!
Bridport & West Bay is the perfect place for a caravan or camping holiday with lots of parks and sites to choose...
There is lots of things to do in Bridport & West Bay. From RIB rides to wine tours, there's something for everyone!
Bridport & West Bay is a real hotspot for fabulous food and drink...yum!
Bridport is well known for it's eclectic mix if independent shops and vibrant market.
Map of Bridport and West Bay including places of interest, parking, coach parking and toilets.
West Bay is located along the world-famous Jurassic Coast and was the stage for ITV's Broadchurch.
Explore miles of routes and trails across Dorset's coast and countryside.
Dorset's stunning coast is waiting to be explored.