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

Access & Facilities

Welcome to West Bay Discovery Centre! We have lots of information to help you plan your visit and know what to expect in advance.

We want all visitors of West Bay Discovery Centre to have a great time and we are committed to broadening access to all, enabling learning opportunities whatever your age or stage of life. The centre is accessible to buggy and wheelchair users and our displays use a variety of audio and visual mediums.

Our volunteers are always on hand to help and we welcome any feedback or queries- please contact us. We are delighted to have won a Silver in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2020 for Accessibility and Inclusivity. We are always working to improve further what we do and an audio guide is in development. This award recognises the progress we have already made in this area.

Please see our downloadable Accessibility Guide in PDF format which gives detailed measurements and images.

Front view of West Bay Discovery Centre
The payable public car park is in front of West Bay Discovery Centre.
We are located next to the Bridport Arms Car park.
 An alternative access  to West Bay Discovery Centre is along a wide gravel pathway.
This path is accessible a short slope at both ends.
Pathway alongside West Bay Discovery Centre leading to public toilets including disabled toilet

Please see virtual tour for further information. 

Free Wifi

Connect your mobile or tablet in West Bay Discovery Centre free of charge

Guide and Assistance dogs are always welcome

Registered Disability Support Dogs, registered Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, registered Guide Dogs for the Blind, registered Disability Assistance Dogs, registered Medical Assistance Dogs and registered Seizure Alert Dogs are all welcome.

Non assistance dogs

In peak season there may be occasions when we are unable to allow our non assistance four legged friends into the building due to limited space. Outside this period we are dog-friendly.

If you have visited us recently and would like to leave us a review, please visit the Euan’s Guide website.

Nearest Toilet facilities   
There are public toilets located behind the Centre which include a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

Access to Disabled toilet East Beach, West Bay (next to West Bay Discovery Centre.)
Public disabled toilet (located next door to West Bay Discovery Centre)

Refreshments in West Bay     
West Bay has an amazing choice of food and drink outlets to suit all pockets and tastes and special diets including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. On the Esplanade are two picnic benches with wheelchair access.

Wheelchair accessible picnic bench overlooking West Beach, West Bay

Access to the beach    
On West Bay Beach special matting was installed in August 2022 to provide wheelchair and buggy access to the beach. The path is made of specially made plastic and aluminum and will be made available during the summer season allowing the beach for the first time to be accessible to all.

Access Beach Matting West Bay
Wheelchair & Buggy Wheelchair Beach Matting giving access to the West Beach, West Bay

West Bay Beach Wheelchair Scheme

The West Bay Beach Wheelchair scheme was established in March 2023, four beach wheelchairs are available for hire  from April- October. The wheelchairs extend beach access to people of all ages and abilities, and are free to hire in season for further details and how to book see here.

Poster advertising West Bay Beach Wheelchair Scheme

West Bay Play Area Situated next to the main car park in West Bay is an award-winning play area that has been designed to enable every one of all abilities and ages to play together.

Further information on Disabled Access in Bridport and the surrounding area can be found here.

Public Transport in and around Bridport

The main operator of bus services in the area is First Wessex their buses are low floor and accessible buses that can accomodate a wheelchair. They also allow all recognised assistance dogs to travel for free. For latest timetables and routes visit Bridport and West Bay Tourist Information Public transport hub page.

Accessibility statement for our website

We’d love you to visit Euan’s Guide website to review our accessibility and tell us and (others) what’s good and what we need to do better.

Bridport and West Bay Tourist Information have detailed information about public transport in the area here.