Bridport is a bustling market town in West Dorset.
By public transport: The Number 31 bus operated by First Bus hourly during weekdays runs from Weymouth via Dorchester to Bridport and on to Axminster. It has good connections with South West Trains services at Dorchester and Axminster, both of which have services from Waterloo. From the North you can reach Bridport via Exeter and Axminster. There is an infrequent bus, the No. 47, from Yeovil which can be reached by train from Bristol. The same train also goes to Weymouth via Dorchester West giving the possibility of connection to the more frequent No. 31 bus. There is a National Express coach service from Eastbourne to Helston in Cornwall which calls at Bridport once a day each way.
By car from London and the South East, drive via the M3, M27, A31 and A35. The A35 also gives access from Honiton which is on the A30 from Exeter. From the North, use the M5 to Junction 25, then the A358 via Chard and Axminster, then join the A35. You can also use the A303 but the favourite route via Crewkerne from the A303 uses the A3066 through the currently closed (as at September 2012) Beaminster Tunnel which means diverting via Broadwindsor using the mostly single track B3164.
There are some local bus services in Bridport enabling you to reach Bradpole, Beaminster, West Bay and Bridport Hospital quite easily. There are some cycle routes including one to West Bay although the crossing of the A35 at the Crown Roundabout is not straightforward. There are good local footpaths connecting the town to the surrounding countryside.
By car, parking is usually easy except on Saturday mornings.
The Jurassic Coast was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, ranking it alongside the Great Barrier Reef as one of the wonders of the natural world.
Over 40% of the county has been designated an Area Of Oustanding Natural Beauty and you can certainly see why!!
Fossil-hunting along the Jurassic Coast is a favoured pastime at low-tide, visit Bridport Tourist Information Centre for tide times and fossil-hunting advice.
Climb Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast, along with numerous other stunning walks
Visit Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery.
Local produce from one of Bridport's many individually-owned shops selling local fare, or take in the atmosphere at one of Bridport's regular markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays - the perfect place to find a bargain and discover local produce at its best. Farmers' markets are also very popular, and take place on the second Saturday of each month - make the most of local, organic and seasonal produce from the region.
Bridport is renowned for its commitment to local, seasonal produce, and regular farmers' markets (held on the second Saturday of each month) are the ideal chance to take a little bit of Bridport's delicous produce home with you. Bridport's local produce has been championed by TV chef Hugh Fernley Whittingstall in his River Cottage Series.
Whatever your preference for a great meal out, look no further than some of the great eating establishments in and around Bridport. Tempt your tastebuds with some hearty pub grub, elegant high teas, fine cuisine and family-friendly dining. Why not sample a traditional fish and chip supper on the harbour at West Bay, once known as Bridport Harbour.
Local ale from Palmers Brewery one of the few traditional thatched breweries left in England. Take a tour around the factory to discover how your favourite brew is prepared.
Whether you are looking for an active family holiday, cosy rural retreat or pampering hotel break, you will find what you are looking for in and around Bridport.