The ancient market town of Bridport is a hidden jewel in the heart of West Dorset. Just a couple of miles from the Jurassic Coast AONB, you can explore the UN designated World Heritage Site which is just a few minutes from the Bridge House. The town lies halfway between Exeter and Bournemouth on the A35, and is a great place to stay for exploring the town, surrounding areas and beaches that are popular with fossil hunters and sun seekers alike.
Browse the street markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays or head down to St Michael’s Alleyways vintage shops for clothes, homewares and vinyls for the collectors amongst us Bridport market
Nights Out in Bridport
Bridport has three theatres – The Lyric, Bridport Art Centre and the Electric Palace – all offering a variety of entertainment, live shows and art exhibitions.
Throughout the year there are a large number of events and festivals held in the town, including folk, food and beer festivals, art fairs, Literary Festival and the wonderfully colourful Hat Festival. The town’s carnival is held in August along with the torch-lit procession to West Bay with a bonfire on the beach – a must-see for those visiting then. In November, don’t miss the fireworks display in the harbour at West Bay. Whenever you visit, as you relax, enjoy the bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the Bridge House.
Countryside and Seaside
Chill out on the beach at West Bay with its famous golden sandstone cliffs and old fishing port just a 5 minute drive away or venture a little further to Burton Bradstock and its National Trust beach, West Bexington midway up Chesil Beach, or the hideaway beach at Seatown.
If you fancy a trip to Lyme Regis and want to leave the car behind, just hop on the bus which regularly stops outside the Bridge House.
Historically known (or not, to many…) for its rope and net making manufacturing, find out all about the process by visiting the local museum. You might even see the Bridge House in there if you look closely! The town still produces nets for Wembley, Wimbledon, the MOD and even NASA.
- Fishing, (both sea and fresh water),
- Thomas Hardy
- Forestry Commission
- National Trust
- The Swannery and Subtropical Gardens at Abbotsbury,
- Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton,