West Dorset

Stay at Haddon House in West Bay, Dorset

From West Bay there are many delightful walks, over the East cliff, along the famous Chesil beach, where there are breathtaking views towards Abbotsbury, (famous for the Swannery and gardens), or to the west towards Lyme Regis where you will find the Golden Cap (goal of many walkers), the highest point on the south coast. In 2001 Dorset and East Devon was chartered as the Jurassic Coast, England's first World heritage site. This status was achieved due to the area's geological history. The abundance of fossils from the Jurassic and Triassic periods which can be found on the beaches shows this. Covering 95 miles of coastline, West Bay gives a great base to tour the various sites which are part of Dorset's famous World Heritage status.


Filmed just yards from the hotel.

West Bay. The home of Broadchurch.

The award winning ITV crime thriller that everyones talking about. Broadchurch was filmed in West Bay where the hotel is located. A less than 2 minute walk and you'll be on the very beach the programme was filmed on. Come and visit the picturesque setting for this gripping thriller.

For a map of the filming locations around West Bay, please click here

Far From The Madding Crowd

Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel

Far From the Madding Crowd. A great literary classic.

With the release of Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd, based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Dorset County Museum is combing its unique collection of original Thomas Hardy artefacts alongside costumes from this eagerly awaited movie.

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Whats on and where to go

To find out the latest & upcoming events in Dorset along with a long list of local attractions & activites please click here to visit our tourist information what's on guide.

Opposite the hotel is a well maintained golf course which offers reduced green fees for hotel guests. www.bridportgolfclub.org.uk

Other golf courses in the area include;

Haddon House is 300 yards from the sea so there are plenty of opportunities for watersports such as sailing and fishing to be had nearby.
The market town of Bridport is only a mile away, with the Electric Palace Cinema and Arts Centre among some of the venues for quality entertainment there's always plenty to see and do. See the local community magazine www.bridportradio.co.uk for what's on and where to go.
A short drive away you will find unspoilt villages like Evershot, Nettlecombe, Cerne Abbas with their thatched cottages and ancient churches, explore stately homes, magnificent gardens, castles, ancient monuments and museums. This is Thomas Hardy Country. With great country pubs and wonderful scenery it's great rambling country.

Other local attractions include:

Fleet Air Arm museum - Royal Navy Air Station, historic aircraft including Concorde 002. Click here
Sherborne Castle - built by Sir Walter Raleigh 1594. Click here
Forde Abbey - founded by Cistercian Monks 900 years ago. Click here
Compton Acres - probably the finest gardens in Europe. Click here
Corfe Castle - one of the most impressive ruins in England. Click here
Bovington Tank museum - showing the whole history of tank warfare Click here
Monkey World - Ape rescue Centre Click here
Kingston Lacey - Country house and estate near Wimborne Minster Click here
Hardy's cottage & monument Click here
Abbotsbury Swannery & Subtropical gardens Click here
Athelhampton house - 15th Century House Click here
Kingston Maurwood - Gardens & Animal Park Click here
Portland castle Click here

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