Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the River Brit and its tributary the Asker. Its origins are Saxon and it has a long history as a rope-making centre. On the coast and within the town’s boundary is West Bay, a small fishing harbour also known as Bridport Harbour.
In the 21st century, Bridport’s arts scene has expanded with an arts centre, theatre, cinema and museum. It features as Port Bredy in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels.
In the 2011 census the population of Bridport’s built-up area was 13,568. The town is twinned with Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France.