Bridport

Bridport was once the centre of the country’s rope and net making industry. This flourishing market town  nestles between the rivers Brit and Asker in the West Bay region of the county of Dorset.

Bridport is a town that bustles with many shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants catering for a variety of tastes. Arts and music feature strongly in this town and this is reflected in the very successful arts centre which hosts a number of festivals and events. Twice a week there is a market with traditional stalls, adage to the long history of markets since Elizabethan times.

The area of West Bay and Bridport is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and its close proximity to the great shingle curve of Chesil Bank makes it perfect for walkers.

Chesil Bank is 1.5 miles from the sea at West Bay, formerly called Bridport Harbour which was used for export and import up until the last century and today remains popular for fishing. For the more active, there is a golf course nearby and recently a Real Tennis Court has been reopened by Prince Edward.

The town which is mentioned in the Domesday records of 1086, has a long history with its roots tracing back to the 10th century. Bridport has over 1000 ‘listed’ buildings of historic and architectural interest including the Town Hall which was built in 1786 and the medieval Chantry House.

The wide streets are reputed to be some of the widest in the west of England and street markets have been held here since Queen Elizabeth I approved a Saturday market to encourage commercial activity.

Nearby places of interest include Lyme Regis, Dorchester and on the south coast, Weymouth.