Dorset is perfect for holiday relaxation…

Bridport is at the heart of West Dorset, surrounded by uncrowded beaches, amazing fossil cliffs, pretty harbours and captivatingly beautiful countryside.

Whether you prefer to walk, cycle or drive, you’ll find West Dorset easy to explore and filled with delightful country houses, towns and little villages, seemingly untouched by time. There’s also a wide range of leisure activities: boating, fishing, golf, horse-riding, swimming and sailing. And, when you want to sample our famous Dorset food and drink, you’ll be spoiled for choice from our own on-site Buzzards Restaurant to quayside seafood cafes and traditional pubs.

Exploring the Fossil Coast in West Dorset…

Lyme Regis is a charming seaside town, famous for its harbour’s iconic ‘Cobb’ sea wall. A fine sand beach, promenade cafes, traditional high street shops and easy parking all make for a relaxed day out. Lyme Regis Museum’s Fossil Collection houses some of the most significant fossil finds in Dorset.
The cliffs between Lyme Regis and Seatown have given up these amazing prehistoric relics, so only a visit to Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and a walk under these immense cliffs will satisfy the explorer’s curiosity.

Charmouth, Seatown & Golden Cap, West Dorset Jurassic Coast…

Turning in to Charmouth’s beach car park, the massive fossil cliffs and sea vista appear in a ‘Wow’ moment. A footbridge carries the Coast Path over the river. Collect a map from the Heritage Coast Centre and go exploring.
Seatown nestles between Thorncombe Beacon and Golden Cap, the iconic high point of the fossil coast. You reach this pretty cove from the medieval village at Chideock. Beware, it is a single track road with passing places. There is a turning point at the beach by The Anchor Inn, one of Dorset’s best known pubs.

West Bay to Portland…

East of West Bay, the terrain rises steeply, then slopes gently eastwards towards Burton Bradstock beach and Abbotsbury. The view from Abbotsbury to Portland Island across Chesil beach and Fleet Lagoon are breath-taking with St Catherine’s Chapel in the foreground. Abbotsbury is a popular tourist attraction for its Sub-Tropical Gardens and fantastic Swannery where hundreds of swans breed annually. We are now quite close to Portland and the view in the picture. Cross the causeway and drive up to ‘Portland Heights’. Turn left into the free car park-picnic area and look out over 16 miles of fabulous coast.

Dorchester, Dorset’s historic county town…

Anglo-Saxons first established settlements at Maiden Castle and Maumbury Rings, the root of Dorchester, around 2,500BC. Later, the Romans developed ‘Durnovaria’, Roman Dorchester, into a sophisticated town. Today Dorchester is a thriving commercial centre with over 400 shops, cinemas and a broad choice of leisure activities. The town’s museums and Thomas Hardy memorabilia are top of most visitor’s lists, and one of the best ways to explore the town is its walking trails.

Weymouth, Dorset’s premier Seaside Resort…

Weymouth’s miles of golden sands and Georgian esplanade make the town a favourite for many visitors. Its fishing fleet come and go from the historic quayside landing seafood for local bistros and pubs. Weymouth’s newest attraction is the Sea Life Tower which revolves 165ft above the pier with fantastic views of Weymouth and Portland. Weymouth Sealife Centre offers an undersea experience as sharks and other fish swim overhead. You can see 000’s of seabirds at Lodmore and Radipole RSPB Nature Reserves. Nothe Fort, the formidable coast fort on South Quay is ever popular for its military artifacts, gardens and views towards Lulworth Cove.