Bridport and its street markets
On a holiday visit to West Dorset come and explore the market town of Bridport and you’ll discover a delightful Dorset with its twice weekly traditional street markets.

The town is also world renowned for its rope and net making industry which goes back at least 800 years and Palmers Brewery, brewing since 1794, is also located it the town. Bridport is also well known for its art scene, traditional street markets and the quirky but fun annual hat festival.

sign & museum

Strolling around when visiting Bridport you’ll soon discover that it just feels like it’s an artistic town and different – and it certainly is! It’s a delightful Dorset market town surrounded by breathtaking countryside and beautiful villages. It’s only a short drive to the beach and is only approximately 1.5 miles from the picturesque harbour and fishing village of West Bay.


Another thing… about Bridport is it’s renowned all over the world for its rope and net making industry which goes back at least 800 years. When it comes to rope and net-making they certainly know what they’re doing with all that experience!

As for Arts… Bridport really has a very popular and thriving Arts Scene and culture and you’ll soon discover some great artists which live in the town. The Bridport Arts Centre is an excellent place to catch up on what art events are being held as well various music and theatre productions, the spoken word and films (further information here).

arts centre

Bridport Electric Palace in South Street is a vintage theatre which holds various events throughout the year such as music, comedy, film and of course theatre – it’s a great place to visit. Another annual event held in Bridport is the quirky, and unusual, Bridport Hat Festival – definitely worth seeing if you’re visiting in early September.

Markets are fun to explore and on Wednesdays and Saturdays are the market days in Bridport with the streets full of excellent and a variety of stalls and traders. With many stalls along the streets you’ll discover a whole range of products and items, old and new, as well as all types of fresh and local produce. Bridport is definitely a must visit market – you never know what’s waiting to be discovered!


If you’re taking a break from sightseeing for the day then stroll around Bridport, browse and explore the various shops along the three main streets as well as the side streets. Of course there’s some of the usual high street names here and you’ll also discover some wonderful small, unusual and artisan shops too!

Bridport has many and varied places to eat and drink to cater for everyone’s needs. Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s cafe’s, restaurants, takeaways, bars or pubs, they offer great food and with various cuisines, as well as a great variety of drinks!

view from whitchurch canonicorum
Lyme Regis from above Whitchurch Canonicorum

Walking or strolling around Bridport, as well as the immediate surrounding area, is a great and enjoyable way to see more of the town and the local area. There’s some really excellent and varied town or country walks just waiting for you to explore. Whether it’s long or short, easy or demanding, just go and explore this beautiful and glorious area of West Dorset.

Also not far from Bridport, and within walking distance, is the delightful and popular fishing village and picturesque harbour of West Bay. Find out more about West Bay via the menu above.

For your Dorset holidays and short visits the market town of Bridport is an ideal place to come and stay and a great location as a base to explore West Dorset. There’s loads of accommodation of all types available for short stays or longer holidays in the town and the surrounding area.

charles & wyteThere’s so much to see and do in West Dorset when you’re exploring this outstanding area with the historical and ancient sites, visitor attractions, plus the picturesque villages and beautiful countryside. Then there’s the stunning Jurassic Coast!

⇒ Bridport at a glance

  • Bridport is well known for its Arts Scene and Culture
  • Popular traditional street markets twice weekly
  • Renowned for its rope and net making industry
  • The town’s annual and quirky HatFest event
  • Great for walks around the town and surrounding area
  • Bridport museum for local and Dorset history
  • The Electric Palace vintage theatre
  • The Bridport Arts Centre
  • The town hall Bridport clock tower, c1805
  • The local and popular Palmers Brewery
  • It’s a great base for exploring West Dorset and the Jurassic Coast
  • Enjoy a drive along the exceptionally scenic B3157 coastal road
  • West Bay, Burton Bradstock are closeby
  • West Dorset villages and towns within easy driving distance or local transport

Your holiday Information Point (with links) to find out more on what to see and do in West Bay and the surrounding area.

⇒ Info Point