West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay

#5 of 8 in Museums in Bridport
Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Visitor Center
For many years there has been talk of creating an attraction at West Bay based on the rich heritage of the harbour and its place on the World Heritage Coast. West Bay is relatively well served with restaurants, cafes and pubs. However, the resort has suffered from a shortage of all-weather attractions, particularly one that would record and celebrate the life and history of the settlement and the harbour, and its place as a popular seaside venue and one of the gateways to the Jurassic Coast.

The Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) is working to create a visitor interpretation centre for West Bay by restoring and converting a former Methodist church. The church often referred to as the “Chapel on the Beach” was constructed in 1849. It ceased operating as a place of worship in 2007. The building then reverted to West Dorset District Council (WDDC), which owns the land on which the chapel sits. In July 2012, WDDC transferred the freehold ownership of the property to the Trust.

The chapel is listed as being of special architectural or historic interest and is scheduled Grade II. It is sited within the West Bay Conservation Area and regarded locally as a building at risk.

The West Bay Discovery Centre will fill a void that exists in provision of information about West Bay, its history and heritage and the surrounding environment of the Jurassic Coast.
West Bay Discovery Centre is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including West Bay Discovery Centre
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

West Bay Discovery Centre reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 5.0
33 reviews
  • Popped in here after an hour or so on the beach just to see how it had changed over the years since coming to Bridport as a child. Very interesting and well worth the suggested donation  more »
  • Visited here this morning for the first time and was very impressed by everything in there. Although only a small building, it is well set out and full of interesting artefacts, pieces of local...  more »
  • Excellent small museum / interpretation centre run by very helpful people (volunteers ?), in a former chape. Lots of subjects covered - from the origins of the former fishing village to the...  more »
  • Museum nice and informative pity about the very rude staff who are certainly not child friendly
  • Found this discovery centre very interesting and well laid out. Friendly people running it. Excellent for children with various hands-on activities for them.

Plan your trip to Bridport

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.