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best places to live Bridport Dorset

Top places to live in Dorset Bridport

Sometimes known as London-by-the-sea, the town has a vibrant community, rich cultural scene, indie shopping and eateries. Surrounded by stunning countryside and just a mile and half to the sea. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Sometimes known as London-by-the-sea, but don’t let that put you off. The town has a vibrant community, rich cultural scene, indie shopping and eateries. Surrounded by stunning countryside, it’s also just a mile and half to the sea.

EAT

Dorshi (originally Dor(set) -(su)shi, geddit?) for Michelin-listed homestyle East Asian and cocktails. Veggie/wholefoods at the Red Brick Cafe if you’re browsing Bridport’s plethora of vintage/junk stalls. The quirky Bull Hotel. The Station Kitchen (in railway carriages) and Watch House Cafe (on the beach) at West Bay. The Half Moon at nearby Melplash. The Hive on the beach and the The Seaside Boarding House on the cliff top at Burton Bradstock. The Anchor Inn at Seatown (combine with walk up to Golden Cap?).

SHOP

Eclectic shopping along two main streets forming a ‘T’ shape. Waste Not Want Not, vintage garb at Dress, women’s clothes, gifts and homewares Cilla & Camilla, vintage/reclamation at Bridport Antiques on the St Micheal’s Trading Estate. Chains include FatFace, Waterstones, Waitrose. Market Weds & Sat.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Culture: the Art Deco Electric Palace for films, live screenings and performance, Bridport Arts Centre, The Lyric. Bridport Film Festival and the prestigious Bridport Literary Festival. West Bay and Burton Bradstock’s pebbly beach and spectacular sandstone cliffs and brilliant coastal walks.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£322,057 over the last year, with detached at £427,385, terraced £258,998 and flats £189,452 (pied a terre close to the sea anyone?).

HOT PROPERTY

This Edwardian gem in Bridport has 8 bedrooms, large gardens and views to the sea. £1.5m

SCHOOLS

Several primaries, Sir John Colfox Academy is ‘good’. Nearest independents include Sherborne School, Leweston School and Perrott Hill Prep.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Palmers is the only thatched brewery in the UK (you’re in Dorset, after all). They’ve been brewing ales from their own spring water since 1794. You might bump into Billy Bragg.

COMMUTE

12 miles to Crewkerne station then London Waterloo from 2 hours 4 mins.

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