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

How to find us

A journey worth making

Car Directions to West Bay

(If using sat nav, our postcode is DT6 4EN)

If you are coming by car take the A35 towards Bridport.

  • From Dorchester heading west towards Bridport at 1st roundabout take the 1st exit and at 2nd roundabout take the 2nd exit into West Bay.
  • From Axminster heading east towards Bridport at the first roundabout take the 4th exit into West Bay.

Car Parks West Bay

There are various car parks in West Bay. The Discovery Centre is located next to the Bridport Arms Car park, however all car parks in West Bay are within a five minute walk from the Centre and various charges apply, see here.

Address: West Bay Discovery Centre The Chapel on the Beach, West Bay, Dorset DT6 4EN Telephone: 01308 427288

Tripadvisor: West Bay Discovery Centre

Bus links to West Bay

We are a two-minute walk from the West Bay bus stop turn left and you will see us facing you across the harbour, we are in the former Chapel left of the Bridport Arms.

First Group run two main routes serving Bridport and West Bay. The X51 runs between Dorchester South and Axminster train stations, serving Bridport town centre, at least once every hour. The X53 runs between Weymouth and Axminster train station, along the stunning B3157 Coast Road, serving both Bridport and West Bay.

Please check websites prior to visiting for up to date travel information here.

Coach trips to West Bay

Customers on coach trips to West Bay will usually be dropped off in the main West Bay Car park follow the signs to the Harbour, at the Cornish Pasty House turn left and walk along the raised bank. The Discovery Centre is at the end of this path next door to the Bridport Arms.

Cycle routes to West Bay

Bridport is on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network for further details visit the Sustrans website. An improved cycleway links the market town of Bridport to West Bay (part off-road) along the old Maiden Newton- Bridport- West Bay railway line.

Train stations nearest to West Bay

The nearest train stations to Bridport and West Bay are as follows:

  • Maiden Newton (12 miles) – services between Gloucester and Weymouth (including Bristol Temple Meads)
  • Crewkerne (12 miles) – services between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids
  • Axminster (13 miles) – services between London Waterloo at Exeter St Davids
  • Dorchester West (15 miles) – services between Gloucester and Weymouth (including Bristol Temple Meads)
  • Dorchester South (15 miles) – services between London Waterloo and Weymouth

Arrival by boat to West Bay

Bridport (West Bay) harbour is 15 miles west of Dorchester at the western end of Chesil Beach. For further information see here.