Visit Burton Bradstock: Places to stay, things to do

Natasha Hayes reveals why Burton Bradstock is the perfect seaside getaway.


The Jurassic Coast is famed for its spectacular golden cliffs, beautiful walks and magnificent views. Burton Bradstock’s beach and cliff’s are located within this World Heritage Site between West Bay and West Bexington in South West Dorset and offer the perfect coastal getaway. Amongst thatched cottages built in local stone, is the Three Horseshoes Inn where you can enjoy a pint of local real ale and local game meat. Adjoining the village shop is a tearoom, which serves delicious cakes. Visit the 14th century Church of St Mary and you might hear the bells, two of which date back to the early 1600s. The Church also holds the annual summer fete on the 5th August. Forming part of Chesil beach, Hive Beach is perfect for swimming and enjoying the sunshine. It is also a popular shore diving site for scuba divers.      
This picturesque village is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, which is best discovered on foot. From the beach you can join the South West Coast Path, which covers 630 miles from Minehead to Poole. Follow the path southeast and you will arrive in Abbotsbury, where you will find a unique Swannery and subtropical gardens.    
Where to stay?
The luxurious Norburton Hall offers both Bed and Breakfast and self-catering accommodation. Set in undulating lawns and woodland, guests can enjoy walks around the grounds and to the beach. Just outside Burton Bradstock is Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, which offers campers a private beach and adjoins the Bridport golf course.  
Where to eat?
On the beach itself is the award winning Hive Beach Café. Offering a range of local produce – including a dry wine from the nearby village of Portesham – this is the perfect place to relax after a stroll along the beach or costal path. Pop round to The Riverside Restaurant in neighbouring West Bay to enjoy a menu that changes daily depending on what is locally available.
Did you know?
The name of the village has two different roots. Burton comes from Brideton meaning the town on the Bride, the river that passes through the village. Bradstock is a reminder that at one time the Rectory and some land belonged to Bradenstoke priory in Wiltshire.
Tell us a local secret?
The celebrity singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg lives in the village.