Guide To Bridport

Bridport is a fantastic, vibrant and culturally rich town. Situated within the rolling hills of West Dorset, and occupying a location close to the coast, it is a delightful place to spend a day or longer. It has a very relaxed feel about it and is a great destination for food lovers.

Must visit sites

Bridport Museum
Bridport Museum is housed within an early 16th century building known as the Castle, located on South Street. It has lots of fascinating exhibits and in its own words has 180 million years of rocks and fossils, 2000 years of people, 800 years of rope-making… and 1 tiger!

Community Orchard
The South Street community orchard, behind St Mary’s Church, is a hidden gem and a place of tranquility if you want to sit and read a book or take some time out to relax.

Bridport Market – Wednesday and Saturday
Bridport market offers a fantastic mix of stalls from street cuisine and fresh fruit and veg, to bric-a-brac, garden tools, antiques, and books.

St Michaels Trading Estate
A stroll down to St Michaels trading estate is well worth it for anyone seeking unique and interesting pieces of furniture and antiques. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, and the Red Brick Cafe is a great stopping point to get some lunch or have a drink next to the river.

Palmers Brewery
Palmers Brewery is a Bridport institution having been founded in 1794. You don’t have to be a beer lover to enjoy their historic and fascinating brewery tour. After meeting in Palmers Wine Store, tours begin in the brewery’s Malt Loft overlooking the river which historically powered the brewery. Visitors are taken through the production process of their award winning ales. Tours run daily at 11am, Monday to Friday all year round and last two hours. The tour ends back in the Palmers Wine Store where you will be able to enjoy a few halves of the final product.

Jurassic Feast subscribers enjoy 10% off brewery tours.

Activities – walks

Symondsbury and Colmers Hill
West of Bridport, about two miles from the centre of town lies the village of Symondsbury. You can either walk to it, or cycle or drive. Whichever you chose, it is well worth the visit. At the heart of the village is the Symondsbury estate courtyard with its cafe, beautiful tythe barn, small shop and gift shop. There also an eclectic mix of independent retailers. Adjacent to Symondsbury village and part of the estate is the iconic conical Colmers Hill. Take the public footpath track out of Symondsbury on the east side of the hill and you will eventually wind you way up to the north side of the hill, from here you can climb the short but steep climb to the top. The effort is well worth it with far reaching views back beyond Bridport towards Dorchester and down the coast towards Portland. If you climb back down the hill on the south side you can follow the path back in to Symondsbury again.

Eype and Thorncombe Beacon
The small coastal settlement of Eype lies a couple of miles south west of Bridport, and is well worth a visit. The beach is delightful, and walking along the south west coast path in either direction provides sensational views. Head east and you’ll be walking towards West Bay, with views in front of you of Chisel beach, and Portland beyond. Head west towards Seatown and you will be looking out over the majestic Lyme bay, and part way along you will reach the pinnacle of Thorncombe Beacon.

West Bay
If you head down Bridport’s South Street, and keep going, crossing the river behind Palmers Brewery and picking up the footpath you can keep walking through the fields to West Bay. Its about 1.5 miles over flat land and there are lots of great things to see and do in West Bay to make the journey worthwhile. Why not visit one of the cafe’s or restaurants, take a stroll around the harbour, and head to the beach to see the iconic West Bay cliffs.

Coneygar Hill
Within Bridport itself there is a lovely short walk that can be accessed from the centre of town. Heading north from the elegant looking Bridport Registry Office you can follow a circular route around to the back of the hill and then up over it to head back down to the start point.

Activities – on water

If you’re looking for water excursions then head to West Bay where there are a number of boat charter and canoe companies operating, such as Lyme Bay Rib Charter and West Bay Canoes.

Best places for food and drink.

The majority of the following are listed on the Jurassic Feast App. Click on the links and see a description of each venue and what each is offering Jurassic Feast subscribers by way of a discount.

Restaurants
Dorshi
Rise – West Bay
Station Kitchen – West Bay

Cafe’s
Soulshine
Aleksandra’s
Red Brick Cafe

Food and Drink shops
Fruits of the Earth – wholefoods, fresh produce
Rise Market and Bakery
Leakers Bakery
RJ Balson & Son Butchers
Framptons Butchers
Morrish and Banham – wine store
Selected Grapes – wine store
Palmers Wine Shop