West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EN.

We hope to see you soon

West Bay Discovery Centre will continue to be closed to the public for the time being, but we are hoping to reopen on Tuesday 18th May in line with the Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions.

The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community is of utmost importance to us and we will continue to closely review the advice from the Government and Public Health England around the COVID-19 situation.

We are still keeping in touch with regular updates, stories and features on social media, check our website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the latest news.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

West Bay Discovery Centre
External view of West Bay Discovery Centre

 An award winning visitor centre 

Situated on the edge of the beach in the charming fishing village of West Bay the award-winning West Bay Discovery Centre is located inside the former historic Methodist Church and tells the stories of West Bay both past and present. The spectacular scenery of West Bay was the location of the TV drama  “Broadchurch” and the Church was even featured in the first series.

The Discovery Centre provides an insight to West Bay and the Jurassic Coast, revealing its hidden history, local stories and offering fascinating facts about the natural environment.

We use interactive experiences to make learning about West Bay fun for all ages. Our challenge to visitors is to make your own discoveries, then come back and share them with us. We offer changing themed exhibitions and aim to provide the latest local information.  A programme of talks, guided walks, and events are also on offer.                                                                                   

Internal view of West Bay Discovery Centre

 We also have a small gift area and are proud to offer products from local producers. We are a charity and admission is free, but to do this we depend on donations from our visitors to meet our running costs.

Following the first lockdown we were one of the first visitor attractions in Dorset to open in July 2020. We’ were delighted to be awarded the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark. This confirms that we have followed the published government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. Ahead of our re-opening in February 2021 updated COVID-19 guidance will be incorporated and adhered to at all times.

Please view our Know before you go Covid -19 precautions Video and information.

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